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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

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate courses are set per module and usually charged per module. Please contact the university for more accurate fees at the time of admission.

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). You should possess a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent). You 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 a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more