MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Adult or Children and Young People)
Why choose this course?
- Study a course accredited by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
- Develop as an ethical practitioner and gain confidence in contemporary theories and practice in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
- Become an innovative reflective practitioner with a critical approach, informed by evidence-based practice
- Train as a practitioner who’s in line with contemporary, academic, NHS, scientific and professional body standards, and undertake interprofessional learning opportunities
- Learn from a highly committed, qualified, and experienced lecturing team
Course code: MB9CQ
Start date: September
Course length: Full time: two years. Part time: three years
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Health and Social Care
About this course
This course is accredited at Level 2 by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), so you can be confident that you’ll be trained as an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist to the highest standards.
This programme focuses on your personal and professional development by:
- Increasing your theoretical understanding
- Enhancing your clinical and professional skills
- Increasing your awareness to become a 'reflective practitioner' operating from a scientific evidence base
- Deepening personal insight
Our aim is to help you to become a skilled, independent cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. If you’re a caring professional who would like to develop expertise in evidence-based psychotherapy, this course is for you.
You’ll be encouraged to become a reflective practitioner and increase your awareness and theoretical understanding of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. You’ll consider the theoretical, social, cultural and ideological contexts in which your clients perceive, confront and manage problems. You will also study the major trends and orientations within cognitive behavioural psychotherapy.
We’ll encourage you to adopt an informed and critical approach to the professionalisation of psychotherapy, with a particular focus on ethical issues.
Our teaching and learning approach varies depending on the nature of the subject. They will incorporate strategies such as problem based learning, lectures, group work and skills based practice to provide you with a practical, occupationally focused learning experience. All the members of our teaching team are practising cognitive behavioural therapists. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will monitor your progress and support your studies.
Most people study this course part-time to fit around their other commitments.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
What you will cover
This course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MSc.
From November you’ll need to commence your clinical placement and allow time for clinical supervision. We can provide you with a list of current placements, although securing a placement will be your responsibility. We have strict requirements for supervisors in terms of qualifications and experience, therefore we ask you to find a BABCP accredited practitioner who offers supervision.
You’ll study modules such as:
- Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Specialist Practice (Adult or Children and Young People)
- Cognitive Behavioural Professional Requirements
You’ll study modules such as:
- Ethics, Law and Research in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Advanced Practice and Professional Requirements (Adult or Children and Young People)
You’ll study this module:
- Independent Scholarship
These normally include an undergraduate degree in a health and social care related area including work experience in a relevant field.
Applicants with a core profession in mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry, psychology or counseling will require post qualification experience.
Individuals without a recognised core profession can be considered through the development of a Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) portfolio of evidence plus relevant experience in a health and social care setting.
Applicants with a qualification in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, or substantive experience in supervised practice may be eligible for entry via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required as they provide the criminal records checking service for the programme.
How to apply
- Students should apply directly to the University
Fees and finance
2016/17 Fees (August 2016 - July 2017)
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£800 per 20 credits*
£800 per 20 credits*
£12,000 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
Postgraduate Certificate 60 Credits Postgraduate Diploma 120 Credits MA or MSc 180 Credits
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you’re studying full-time you will normally complete 180 credits over one year. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Alumni discount for Derby graduates
Scholarships and bursaries
How you will learn
How you will learn
Our teaching and learning approach varies depending on the nature of the subject. They will incorporate strategies such as problem-solving, lectures, group work, and skills based practice to provide you with a practical, occupationally focused learning experience. All the members of our teaching team are practicing cognitive behavioural therapists. Your personal tutor will monitor your progress and support your studies.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed through:
- Critical case studies that examine your ability to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical practice.
- Observed exams and video recordings of clinical practice combined with critical analysis of your own performance which examines your ability to use and adapt high level skills into clinical practice and to critique your own performance.
- A reflective portfolio that will demonstrate your ability to apply research findings, problem solve and evaluate outcomes. The portfolio will fulfil the professional requirements for accreditation with the BABCP.
- You will also complete written assignments to demonstrate your academic ability to critically analyse and synthesise your findings, and undertake a clinical examination to test your professional judgement and critical decision-making.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
As an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist you will be able to further your career in employment as diverse as social services, the NHS, probation services, primary care, social services, education, or the voluntary and private sectors. Some of our students have taken up research posts or commenced Doctoral level training.
The Children and Young People pathway will support your progression in areas such as child and adult mental health services, social care, youth justice, education, the NHS, or child and family agencies in the voluntary or independent sectors.
What our students say
“During my time at Derby, I have found a learning environment which has helped me develop my curiosity, as well as my theoretical and practical skills. I feel really grateful to be here and look forward to continuing my studies.“ Daniel Jiménez, international student
"This course was undoubtedly the most challenging I have undertaken. It is demanding and requires a high degree of commitment to fully appreciate the steep learning curve involved. However it is an investment as it provides a quality learning experience for those wishing to either gain or develop their Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapeutic knowledge, skills and practice.
My success has undoubtedly been influenced by three key elements. The course is delivered by a highly skilled academic team who have provided tireless support and guidance throughout. Additionally, the learning environment is structured yet dynamic and flexible which is both stimulating and challenging. And finally learning, collaborating with and developing as part of a highly supportive and varied inter-professional peer group has, for me, underpinned the entire learning experience". Rachel Cooper, Masters student.
Dan Pearson is employed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust as a Consultant Therapist in CBT and Family Therapy in the PIER Early Psychosis Service. Dan has just recently taken up an opportunity to work for NHS England as a Clinical Lead in Early Intervention Psychosis for the East Midlands as part of the East Midlands NHS England Strategic Clinical Network.
Judith Graham is employed by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Foundation Trust as an Advanced Nurse Consultant Psychotherapist. Her role also involves research and development of new initiatives particularly related to service and organisational change and its effect on service users, carers and professionals. Judith is involved in regional forums including Autism Partnership Boards and has contributed to National Policy Change via contribution at NICE stakeholder events. Judith is also an elected board member of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network. Judith has recently been awarded the title of Queens Nurse.