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MSc Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies

MSc Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Behavioural Psychology Cognitive Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Interested in the practice and theory of behaviour therapy? Our MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies offers training preparing you for Level 2 Provisional Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBP), or for further study. The course is taught by practitioners who are accredited therapists in their own right.

Course Details

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year*. The problem-focused, action-oriented approach used by cognitive behavioural psychotherapists to help people develop personal coping strategies is proving a popular and effective method of treating several mental health conditions. Our MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (CBP) course prepares you for practice in this in-demand profession. Additionally, our experienced British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) accredited staff will support you to complete a dissertation based on independent research, preparing you for higher-level study and enhancing your career prospects.

This course is ideal if you wish to practice using a cognitive behavioural approach in settings that include the helping or health professions, private practice or management roles where working with people is the prime focus. Training in research methods and design will also prepare you to keep abreast of evolving ideas in the field and open doors to doctoral level studies.

Course Highlights:

  • This course offers you the opportunity to gain accreditation as a therapist from the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). It has Level 2 Accreditation which means that it meets the training requirements for practitioner accreditation. The course is also designed to cover the therapeutic competences for cognitive behavioural psychotherapists outlined by the Department of Health.
  • On successful completion of the course you’ll have an assessed portfolio of evidence designed to meet the BABCP criteria for accreditation.

Key Features:

  • The course is fully modular and therefore flexible. If your work or personal circumstances require you to take a break, we can extend your period of study by agreement.
  • A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course. This helps to ensure your practice-related learning is not separated from its primary academic base, and supports your understanding of where CBP techniques come from, and how they might develop in future.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to enhance practice and facilitate employment and career progression in psychology or therapy, research and teaching, the helping and health professions, social work, education, private practice and management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

During your studies, we’ll support you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin cognitive behavioural psychotherapies practice. As a graduate, you’ll understand the principles of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, and possess skills in the assessment of clients and formulation of their presenting difficulties.

Studying this course will also support the development of your personal and transferable skills such as critical analysis, self-reflection, observation and questioning skills, communication skills and the ability to work independently.


This module aims to Enable students to apply theoretical learning with modifications reflecting clinical research findings and practice demands (i.e., to work in an evidence-based way and to understand models and research in the light of practice) Provide students with the opportunity to develop competence through supervised practice using a CBT model Guide students in fulfilling requirements for the practice portfolio (monitored by progress reports) Explore issues of value, attitude and belief in relation to self and clients and common mental health problems Consider the application of CBT strategies within our own lives Promote effective delivery of treatment interventions.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

If you’ve already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies and can provide evidence of your good academic performance (in the form of a transcript), then you can apply to top-up your qualification to MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies by completing two research-focused modules (worth 60-credits). Alternatively, to be eligible for the full MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies programme you must have already achieved a minimum of an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree in a relevant discipline (with high grades in relevant modules).

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more

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