Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This course is designed to provide a Master's level education and professional qualification; a Master's level research project is combined with a taught programme of modules and with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practice in a range of placements; research, theory, personal development, professional development and practice are integrated in the concept of the reflective practitioner; students learn to use cognitive behavioural skills to work collaboratively with clients presenting a range of difficulties; successful completion of the Master's programme contributes towards individual applications for accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Entry requirements

An Upper 2nd or 1st Class undergraduate degree from a UK institution (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject area, such as psychology, counselling, or mental health. Some experience of working therapeutically with clients. Some experience of carrying out research, at least to undergraduate level.

Course modules

All modules on the course are compulsory and include: Introduction to CBT; fundamentals of CBT; CBT for specific problems; CBT skills; CBT for complex problems and CBT (3rd wave approaches); the Master's research programme is conducted across all years; this includes training in qualitative and quantitative research methods through a 1st year module.

Assessment methods

In the 2nd year students are supported by a team of psychologists to submit a research project of up to 15000 words; for BABCP accreditation students need to complete a minimum of 200 hours of CBT practice on approved placements which have been supervised by BABCP accredited practitioners who have been trained in CBT.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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