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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Cognitive Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a crucial role to play in health and social care provision today. This course is delivered by a highly qualified team of psychotherapy and counselling staff from a variety of professional backgrounds.

On this course, you will gain insight into how to use CBT creatively and collaboratively with clients and how to assess, formulate, provide interventions and evaluate your own practice.

You will:

  • Study new developments in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Focus on interventions with clients who have anxiety and depression right through to people with personality disorder and schizophrenia as well as other complex needs


Learning is delivered via blended learning methods including seminars and master classes, critical analysis of case studies, relevant literature and research and reflection on practical applications.

Use of video/audio, role play and skills assessment are essential to this course in years one and two and the Blackboard as a learning resource is also an important element in all of the modules on the course.

It is anticipated that a generous part of your work will be focused on enhancing self-awareness and using CBT tools and techniques on the self-using self-help texts and interactive activities prior to using them with clients.


  • Tutor and peer practical in-class assessment
  • Case studies
  • Reflective assignments and portfolios of learning


This course has been created after a request from the North West Strategic Health Authority. Some students will be able to use the Service Level Agreement to fund these modules. Other students will self-fund or request funding from their employer.


Applicants must have one year’s experience in a mental health setting and an active interest in cognitive behavioural work. Applicants must have an active placement where they can work with clients and have the approval to use clients as part of their coursework. Overseas students must be able to complete placements and have access to clients.

Students should access supervision from someone with experience of CBT. If the student does not have a core profession, then the KSA (see BABCP guidance) will need to have been commenced and be available to support any application.

This course is not accredited, supervision or placements are not provided. The course attempts to meet BABCP core curriculum guidelines, but not all. As guidelines change, further study may be needed to gain such accreditation.

Different course options

Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module belongs to semester one. This module develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of CBT, together with the critical evaluation of its use in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class honours degree in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing or an honours degree (in any discipline) (2.2 or above) and a diploma in counselling or its UKCP or BPS equivalent. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/ traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more