menu icon
Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies MSc

Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapies MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This 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. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be eligible to apply for Level 2 Provisional Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with BABCP. During your studies, we’ll guide you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that underpin CBP practice. You’ll explore the underlying principles and have opportunities to develop skills in the assessment of clients and the analysis of their presenting difficulties. You’ll be encouraged to develop a detailed knowledge of CBP techniques, as well as of models of anxiety disorders and depression, and their application to clinical casework.

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. Our accessible and knowledgeable course team includes Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and active researchers. The senior tutor for this course is also a BABCP Accredited Supervisor. 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; We’ll also explore how to evaluate literature, models and therapeutic practice, and consider how research methods, design and evaluation is used to underpin evidence-based practice. The course also covers issues relating to ethical practice and the professional role of the therapist.

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Psychological Principles of CBT - Core
Professional Practice, Skills and Attitudes - Core
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies Dissertation - Core
Research Methods MSc top-up - Core
Practice Portfolio Preparation and Supervised Practice 1 - Core
Supervised Practice 3 - Core
Supervised Practice 2 - Core
Applications of CBT 3 - Core
Applications of CBT 2 - Core
Applications of CBT1 - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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). They should possess a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent). They must hold previous experience of counselling/therapy and/or client work (normally 200 hours).

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more