University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

The programme is aimed at clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and other professionals with experience of delivering mental health such as nurses and counsellors. It provides intensive skills training in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice.
High intensity therapists assess and treat primary care patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the stepped-care approach. The approach works to alleviate symptoms and have a positive impact on social inclusion, employment and productivity. Practitioners will work closely with other agencies to assess and maximise employment opportunities for each client.
The programme prepares students to provide high-intensity CBT within improving access to psychological therapies services. It adheres to the national curriculum published by the Department of Health (2008).
The programme will have a cognitive-behavioural theoretical base with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy and fully compliant with High Intensity IAPT curriculum. In addition to providing practical intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the programme aims to increase your knowledge base of therapy and research in CBT and promotes a critical approach to the subject. It aims to equip you to become a skilled and creative independent High Intensity therapist, in accordance with BABCP guidelines for good practice and to contribute to the further development of CBT.
The programme provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas; practical competency in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy for common psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety; critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

The programme is suited to those pursuing a career as a High Intensity therapist, defined under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative.

The MSc programme has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip Programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to high intensity CBT or a project related to a service-based development need in this area.

Assessment methods

Sponsorship information

The University of Exeter invests heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This is in addition to the Government's Postgraduate Loan Scheme. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at Exeter, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time January 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Streatham Campus Exeter EX4 4QJ South West

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Postgraduate Admissions Team
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