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MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy Behavioural Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The University of South Wales has many years’ experience in teaching Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the three-year MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) course highlights the therapeutic relationship and the development of core psychotherapy skills whilst equipping students to work effectively and ethically as CBT practitioners.

The course is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

The MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is made up of two years training which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, plus a 3rd year completing the research requirements.


A range of assessments are used during the first two years of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self-reflection and practice ability.

These include essays, case studies, practice portfolios and presentations. Practical assessments include in-class skills assessments, assessed recordings of your client work (CTS-Rs) and reports from your clinical practice and supervisor. 


Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of CBT, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector. There may also be opportunities for you to progress on to a PhD.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



This module provides a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) and a working knowledge of the principles and basic competences for effective practice, building on the basic and generic competencies used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and within professional practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Part-time Fee: £1000 per 20 credits

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 need to Hold a degree or, where relevant, evidence of working at degree level; Have a completed a minimum of 96 direct teaching hours in counselling theory and skills (some of which is CBT); Have completed 60 hours training in professional practice issues; Evidence relevant experience in the health and social care field in the public, private or voluntary area; this is equivalent to the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills at USW Or Relevant professional qualification (e.g. registered mental health nurse; occupational therapist, counselling psychologist; clinical psychologist; qualified social worker; accredited/registered counsellor/psychotherapist; psychiatrist; General Practitioner or other profession recognized as core by the BABCP; Have completed an introductory training in counselling theory and skills, including CBT, as part of their previous training.