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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2-6 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    05 December 2017

Course content

Each year, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression will affect 1 in 4 people, including 1 in 10 children, at an anticipated global cost of $6T by 2030. Psychological therapies, especially cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), provide a safe, effective solution to many of our most common mental health problems.

This new programme, offered at the University of Edinburgh, provides practitioner and supervisor level training in IPT and CBT. With a special, but not exclusive, focus on childhood and adolescence, the programme is suited to practitioners working with children, youth and adults.

Individual courses are accredited by UK professional bodies, ensuring high quality standards and recognition by employers post-qualification. Teaching and supervision are provided by experienced clinicians and clinical academics. The programme has close links with the NHS and community organisations, ensuring that students learn in a clinically-informed context.

Programme structure

All students will enrol on the MSc Psychological Therapies but have the option to exit with a CBT or IPT specialism, denoted by an addition in brackets to the title of the award. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit options are also available.

At certificate level students will complete practitioner level training in CBT or IPT, before going onto either complete practitioner level in the complementing therapy, or to specialise by completing advanced training in the same therapy. A range of course options are available, allowing the student to tailor their therapeutic training towards specific populations in terms of age or condition.

Students will typically complete 60 credits each year, thus completing the MSc over three years, but the flexible programme structure allows students to take between 2 and 6 years, depending on their own needs.

Learning outcomes

The programme equips students with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of:

  • Psychological models of change as they apply to children, adolescents and adults, including principles of assessment and formulation.
  • Theories of normal and atypical cognitive, social, and emotional development as applied to therapeutic models.
  • The empirical evidence for the effectiveness of psychological interventions with a number of the most common mental health problems within a developmental context.

Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to gain employment in clinical services or private practice as mental health practitioners. Depending on course choices, graduates may be eligible for accreditation with the BABCP and/or IPT-UK.


Visit the Psychological Therapies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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