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MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
This British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited course enables you to develop your skills and qualify to practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Throughout your time on the course you will develop your understanding of CBT and the theory, research and complex issues you may have to face in a professional environment.
We will help you gain the skills to support, provide care and improve the psychological wellbeing of others.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Actively promoted by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), CBT is an evidence-based therapy recommended to treat a range of mental health problems. The techniques can be applied in general medical, nursing and psychological practice. So, whether your goal is to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or you want to apply the techniques in a broader context, this course gives you the skills and practical training you need to be confident in theory and practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We value our partnerships within the local community, including the West London NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health providers in the UK. The Trust is responsible for well-known institutions such as Broadmoor and other clinics treating more specific illnesses, like personality disorders.

BNU offers flexible study spread over two years, allowing you to study alongside employment and fit things around your lifestyle. Whether you're training to build skills to apply in your current role or looking to change your career path, this course ensures you can immediately apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques in a professional setting.

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

What will I study?

This course demonstrates how CBT can be used effectively to tackle a diverse range of mental health disorders, from depression and panic attacks to workplace stress and anger management. You'll analyse how individuals think, in order to encourage and support the implementation of positive behavioural change.

By the time you finish the course you'll have the ability to put theory into practice. You'll begin by learning how to treat mild depression and anxiety and progress towards the treatment of more complex cases making you a confident and able practitioner of CBT.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As well as being supported by expert tutors, you'll benefit from specialised workshops delivered by guest speakers to help bolster your understanding and contribute to your learning. Their expertise and real-world experience will emphasise how your qualification will benefit the improved mental health of others.

You'll be taught in lectures, workshops, with supervised practice and through practical use of our psychology laboratory. You'll contribute to group presentations and have individual tutorials meaning you'll learn different collaborative and autonomous ways of working. You'll also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) throughout the course where you'll be able to access online resources and participate in group forum discussions with your peers. 

We encourage all of our students to spend time on personal therapy and self-reflection which is often a requirement of some placement providers to ensure any personal issues do not interfere with client work. As a practitioner, this is a helpful practice to develop and maintain throughout your professional career. 

During your time on the course, you'll complete 200 hours of clinical practice for which you'll receive supervision from an external supervisor and from the course team to ensure safe and ethical practice. These 200 hours are a requirement of the BABCP.

Useful Information

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Typically students on this course have a relevant degree in psychology or equivalent from another field.

You must also have at least two year's post graduation experience working with vulnerable adults and/or those with mental health problems.

Some supervision is provided on the course. However, applicants will need to have access to a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accredited therapist for additional support and a clinical placement to enable them to put training into practice.

If you are shortlisted for a place you will be invited to an interview.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

CBT Theory & Practice: Foundation

CBT Theory & Practice: Advanced

CBT Skills: Foundation

CBT Skills: Advanced

Research & Integrated Practice

Reflective Practice

Advanced Reflective Practice

Applications of CBT


How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,800 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£14,300 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist you will be ready for a rewarding career within the NHS, private or commercial sectors. You will immediately have the ability to apply your knowledge to improve the wellbeing of others.