Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - MSc

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Why study this course?

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MSc degree is designed for current professionals wishing to develop their expertise in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

This master’s course will equip you with the expertise to apply CBT techniques across a range of practices within physical and mental health, and with diverse groups of patients. Drawing on a range of approaches to CBT practice and enquiry, this course will enable you to make a significant contribution to research and practice across a range of settings including public, private and third sectors.

More about this course

Designed for therapists, psychologists, counsellors and other mental and physical health professionals, our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MSc course aims to provide you with up-to-date multidisciplinary scientific and academic knowledge of CBT.

You will consider theoretical and practical issues relating to the delivery of CBT within a range of emotional and complex mental health disorders.

You’ll explore a range of specialist topics such as:

  • the theoretical and practical approaches to CBT
  • the role of CBT in addressing emotional and complex disorders
  • the relationship between cognitions and behaviour in improving mental health
  • the application of CBT in diverse populations

Assessment

You will be assessed via a range of methods including:

  • reflective evaluations
  • case studies
  • an assessed audio CBT session
  • a case formulation
  • a process report
  • a presentation
  • a critical analysis essay
  • a critical evaluation report
  • a quantitative analysis exam
  • a qualitative analysis assignment
  • a 10,000-word systematic literature review or project and a poster presentation

You will also be required to complete ongoing supervised clinical hours in work-based learning over the duration of the programme and work with clients who have been assessed and treated using CBT. 

Your personal and professional development is individually monitored and supported throughout the programme via annual reviews and appraisals with a tutor from the programme team.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have;

a lower second class (2.2) honours degree (or above) or overseas equivalent and a registration for a core profession with a minimum of two years’ experience in areas such as:

  • art therapy (Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered)
  • counselling
  • medicine
  • occupational therapy
  • probation services
  • practitioner psychology (HCPC registered)
  • psychotherapy
  • mental or learning disability nursing
  • social work
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) teaching
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) (BABCP) applicant

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module introduces students to core areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice and Treatment around common emotional disorders. It provides students with a broad based theoretical and philosophical introduction to the field of cognitive behavioural therapy in the assessment and treatment of common emotional disorders. The module looks at the psychopathology of different emotional disorders and a range of cognitive and behavioural treatment options.

    The module promotes development of core cognitive and intellectual skills that underpin the ability to translate cognitive behavioural theory into practice with a wide range of common psychological issues.

    Module aims:
    • To provide students with a good understanding of the range of common emotional disorders which CBT can support
    • To provide students with a good understanding of different therapeutic skills in CBT to address common emotional disorders
    • To provide students with the skills to conceptualise treatment of common emotional disorders using key CBT techniques
    • To provide students with the opportunity to practice using CBT skills to address common emotional issues
    • To encourage students to evaluate the efficacy of different CBT skills in everyday practice

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The module introduces students to core areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy practice and treatment used to address Complex Disorders. It provides students with in-depth understanding of the psychopathology of a range of complex disorders and the associated research, scientific and treatment evidence. Further the modules explores different types of treatment options between conditions and their value and efficacy in practice.


    Module aims:
    • To provide students with a good understanding of the range of complex disorders which CBT can support
    • To provide students with a good understanding of different therapeutic skills in CBT to address complex disorders
    • To provide students with the skills to conceptualise treatment of complex disorders using key CBT techniques
    • To provide students with the opportunity to practice using CBT skills to address complex issues
    • To encourage students to evaluate the efficacy of different CBT skills

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The module introduces students to core areas of psychological knowledge and models relevant to cognitive behavioural therapy practice. It provides students with a broad based theoretical and philosophical introduction to the field of cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as a framework that supports the development of their identities as applied professionals working in mental and physical health. The module promotes development of core cognitive and intellectual skills that underpin the ability to translate cognitive behavioural theory into practice. It also provides a foundation for more advanced study and practice, as well as integrating approaches into other core modules within the course.

    Module aims:
    • To provide students with good theoretical and philosophical knowledge on the practice and application of cognitive behavioural therapy
    • To provide students with a good understanding of research relevant to cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
    • To provide an introduction to the core skills on assessment, formulation and treating planning used in cognitive behavioural therapy.
    • To provide students with knowledge around common psychological problems requiring cognitive behavioural therapy in practice.
    • To provide students with the skills to conceptualise their practice within cognitive behavioural therapy theory and present this to an audience

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module focuses on fostering core therapeutic and reflective skills that will support students’ clinical work in work-based learning and provide a firm foundation for subsequent personal and professional development. It complements the theoretical and intellectual competences of the CBT Theory and practice module through its focus on developing the practical skills and capacities needed to work effectively with individual clients from a cognitive behavioural psychology perspective. As part of the module students will develop expertise and experiential learning over a range of core CBT skills.

    Module aims:
    To provide students with a good understanding of research relevant to Cognitive behavioural therapy techniques.
    To provide an introduction to the core skills on assessment, formulation and treating planning used in cognitive behavioural therapy.
    To provide students with knowledge around common psychological problems requiring cognitive behavioural therapy in practice.
    To provide students with the skills to conceptualise their practice within cognitive behavioural therapy theory and present this to an audience

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module focuses on how differences (such as cultural, ethnic, gender, learning and physical abilities etc.,) amongst the general population can affect one’s cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practice and the therapeutic relationship. It covers understanding and skills around critical reflection on the potential relevance of such issues regarding difference and diversity that arise in the course of contemporary CBT practice. In addition, this module explores different CBT treatment modalities including face-to-face, telephone, online and print to support clients, and issues associated with their delivery.

    Module aims:
    • To provide students with a good knowledge regarding differences and diversity in mental and physical health issues
    • To support the students’ ability to form effective therapeutic relationships with a range of clients
    • To promote high standards of non-discriminatory practice and service provision
    • To explore the efficacy and effectiveness of different modalities of CBT support for client needs.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses where students entering the course have some experience of psychology and research methods, but less than would normally be expected from a BPS accredited degree in psychology. The aim of this module is to introduce students to general principles of research design and the epistemological issues associated with different approaches. Student will be introduced to a range of methods for data collection and analysis including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    This module supports the process of planning and executing a research project.

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After the course

Our Cognitive Behaviour Therapy MSc will provide you with opportunities to progress within a diverse range of occupations based on your core profession. You’ll be able to work in industries including education and public and private health care.

Our course also provides additional benefits if you wish to pursue further study in counselling, clinical psychology or allied areas.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.



When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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