Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£800 per 20 credits* (2018/19)

International fee

(2018/19)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MSc

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

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 also 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 study

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)
  • 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)

You’ll study this module:

  • Independent Scholarship

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 practising cognitive behavioural therapists. Your personal tutor will monitor your progress and support your studies.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through:

Entry requirements

These normally include an undergraduate degree in a health and social care related area including experience in a relevant field.

Applicants with a core profession in mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatry, psychology or counselling will require at least two years of post qualification experience in mental health care.

Individuals without a recognised core profession can be considered through the development of a Knowledge, Skills and Attitude (KSA) portfolio of evidence plus at least two years of post qualification experience in mental health care.

Applicants with a qualification in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, or substantive experience in supervised practice may be eligible for entry via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required as they provide the criminal records checking service for the programme.

Interview information

Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees (August 2018 - July 2019)

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£800 per 20 credits*

£800 per 20 credits*

International

N/A

*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. 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

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

International students

Students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Information for international applicants

Applying for a postgraduate degree

Careers

As an autonomous cognitive behavioural psychotherapist you will be able to further your career in employment as diverse as social services, the NHS, 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.

Contact details

EnquiryEmailPhone
Course: Edith Moon (Programme Leader) e.moon@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 593601
Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

† Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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