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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy MSc

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This course is made up of two years training on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, plus one year completing the Masters (research and dissertation stage). On the Masters stage you will learn about research methods for studying cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and will undertake a research project of your choice and write it up in the form of a dissertation. The University of South Wales has many years’ experience in teaching cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and this course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist and have already completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent. 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 into further study via a PhD route on application, either at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date



Students will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative pilot project in the community, either in a charity or public sector setting. You’ll follow the planning process required by the Big Lottery, and you’ll also learn how to work therapeutically with groups. This route is ideal for those wishing to develop their careers into project management or self-employment.

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.