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Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (MSc)


Course Description

The University of South Wales has many years experience in teaching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and the course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is for you if you are a mental health professional looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist and have already completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent.

The MSc is a three year course, made up of two years training on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage.

On the Masters stage you will learn about research methods for studying cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and will undertake a research project of your choice and write it up in the form of a dissertation.

On completion of the USW Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy you may choose to exit the programme with your Diploma, or you can carry on to complete the MSc. If you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy you can apply to join the Masters research and dissertation stage directly.

Further information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course is available here.

The University of South Wales has an established national reputation for excellence for its delivery of a range of counselling and psychotherapy courses.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1262-msc-cognitive-behavioural-psychotherapy

What you will study

After successful completion of the PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy stage, students can proceed to the final Masters stage.

- Masters (research and dissertation): At the Masters stage you will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about counselling and psychotherapy. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to CBT, and will wrire a 20,000 word dissertation on this. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support.

Learning and teaching methods

The Masters research and dissertation stage consists of six days teaching plus nine hours of project supervision.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of CBT, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, either at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Assessment methods

Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (20,000 words)

Facilities

We offer a suite of five spacious, dedicated rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, and a digital recording system for use in class.

Personal Therapy

There is no formal requirement for a placement during the Masters research and dssertation stage of the PSc, but students would usually be in practice as a CBT therapist.

Visit the Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A Postgraduate Diploma in CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which includes an introduction to research methods. Two references uploaded with your application (One from your previous Counselling tutor). Membership of a relevant professional body, eg BACP

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