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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

This MSc will prepare you to practice in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP). This type of therapy is one of the leading treatments for a wide range of mental health issues.

Why study with us

  • You’ll be taught by staff with a wide range of expertise and skills within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • The course leadership and teaching is overseen by a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist.
  • The MSc prepares you for working with a wide range of mental health and complex mental health needs.

What you'll do on the CBT degree

  • You’ll undertake a clinical placement, completing 200+ therapeutic hours in a professional setting.
  • You will access clinical supervision from an BABCP accredited therapist, and your supervisor will assess your clinical practice.
  • You will receive over 200 hours of teaching and this will be delivered using a blended approach to your learning with an emphasis on clinical skill development.

Module overview

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic experts


  • This course has been designed to meet the full training standards of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. BABCP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK.

Become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

After completing this course you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career as a professional Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBP). 

CBT degree FAQs

To become a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), you need one of two things.

Either a clinical qualification with 2 years’ experience, such as mental health nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or clinical psychologist.  See the list of core professions.

Alternatively you could have an undergraduate degree in a health or social care related topic with at least 2 years’ experience working in mental health or social care roles (with the completion of a KSA portfolio). 

An accredited course means that a professional body/regulator has recognised that the course follows a set curriculum.

As such, students who complete the course are able to apply for accreditation with that professional body. This is a key requirement for psychotherapist roles, especially if you wish to work in the NHS.

This CBT course, including the leadership and teaching, is overseen by a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist.

It takes 2 years to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and therefore be eligible to apply for accreditation.

You can continue to study an MSc and then apply (so two to three years, 200 clinical hours, and 40 hours of clinical supervision).

Fees and funding

Part-time£900 per 20 credits
Part-time£975 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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