Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at Salford

1.

Route to become an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist

2.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a crucial role to play in health and social care provision today

3.

Delivered by a highly qualified team of psychotherapy and counselling staff from a variety of professional backgrounds

Course Summary

You will gain an insight into how to use CBT creatively and collaboratively with clients and how to assess, formulate, provide interventions and evaluate your work with clients. This course focuses on interventions with clients who have anxiety and depression right through to people with addictions, personality disorder and schizophrenia as well as other complex needs. There are opportunities to study new developments in CBT, family interventions and how CBT is used with people who have physical health issues.

Course Details

Course Structure

This course runs part-time for half a day per week over three years, or full-time for two half days per week.        

Depending on your level of experience and professional interests you can choose to study a variety of modules. If students are seeking accreditation they are advised to study in the following order.        

Part-time route        

Year 1, Semester 1:        

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of CBT, together with the critical evaluation of its use in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.            

Year 1, Semester 2:        

Assess treatment methods for clients with anxiety disorders and/or addictive behaviour, and use a conceptualisation methodology to evaluate courses of therapy.            

Year 2, Semester 1:        

Gain a theoretical and evidence-based introduction to new developments in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and develop CBT skills for the practical application of working with clients.            

Year 2, Semester 2:        

One module from:        

Develop and enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs.            
This module aims to focus on the development and use of compassion in therapy. It uses work from Paul Gilbert, Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont; focusing the principles of compassion toward care and understanding.          
This module aims to engage people in the exploration of psychologically based interventions in varying environments with people who are commonly experiencing some form of trauma.            
Explore your practice of mindfulness with the context of CBT.          
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide CBT for Children and Young people.          
Dissertation          

This course also runs full-time for two half days per week over one year, giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:      

Full-time study option:      

Masters: two modules in semester 1, two modules in semester 2 and the dissertation in semester 3.      

Year 1, Semester 1:      

Develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practical application of CBT, together with the critical evaluation of its use in addiction and associated depression and anxiety disorders.          
Gain a theoretical and evidence-based introduction to new developments in Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy and develop CBT skills for the practical application of working with clients.          

Year 1, Semester 2:      

Assess treatment methods for clients with anxiety disorders and/or addictive behaviour, and use a conceptualisation methodology to evaluate courses of therapy.          

One module from:      

Develop and enhance your skills in the use of CBT, enabling you to work with clients with complex and/or long-term needs.          
This module aims to focus on the development and use of compassion in therapy. It uses work from Paul Gilbert, Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont; focusing the principles of compassion toward care and understanding.          
This module aims to engage people in the exploration of psychologically based interventions in varying environments with people who are commonly experiencing some form of trauma.          
Explore your practice of mindfulness with the context of CBT.          
Enhance your knowledge, skills and interpersonal awareness in order to provide CBT for children and Young peopleYou will be required to use CBT within your work/voluntary placement setting and you will need to access CBT supervision for at least one hour per month.

Entry Requirements

An upper second class honours degree in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing.
Or:
An honours degree (in any discipline) (2.2 or above) and a diploma in counselling or its UKCP or BPS equivalent.

In addition applicants must have one year’s experience in a mental health setting and an active interest in cognitive behavioural work. Applicants must have an active placement where they can work with clients and have approval to use clients as part of their coursework. Overseas students must be able to complete placements and have access to clients.

Students should access supervision from someone with experience of CBT (if accreditation is to be aimed for, then an accredited supervisor with the BABCP), each student should aim to utilise supervision within the frequency stipulated by this accrediting body. If the student does not have a core profession, then the KSA (see BABCP guidance) will need to have been commenced and be available to support any application.

This course is not accredited, supervision or placements are not provided but students can aim to become accredited upon completion of the requirements according to BABCP.

DBS equivalent for international students is required.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

A candidate whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 7 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge / British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS). This is broadly comparable to a classification of C1 under the Common European Framework (CEF). The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) stipulates that IELTS minimum score must be at 7.0 (and for each component 5.5 or above).

Teaching

Learning is delivered via blended learning methods including seminars and master classes, critical analysis of case studies, relevant literature and research and reflection on practical applications. Use of video/audio, role play and skills assessment are essential to this course in years one and two to ensure competency of the student in practising CBT. The use of Blackboard as a learning resource is also an important element in all of the modules on the course. It is anticipated that a generous part of this work will be focused on enhancing self-awareness and using CBT tools and techniques on the self using self-help texts and interactive activities. It is anticipated that if the students can use some CBT tools on themselves that this increases self-awareness of their own interpersonal issues and also assists in practicing methods on themselves prior to using these with clients.

Assessment

  • Tutor and peer practical in-class assessment
  • Case studies
  • Reflective assignments and portfolios of learning

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Neil Murphy (programme lead)

My current work engages me in the use of Behavioural Family Interventions. I was trained to use Family Interventions (using the Barrowclough and Tarrier Model) and engaged in CBT and PSI with a population of complex clients within a community setting. I have taught and supervised staff on a variety of modules related to cognitive and behavioural approaches over many years and as inferred I still practice with a small number of families.

My main interest lies in research and the way that the mentally ill are represented. This has an impact on my work and teaching as many of the people I engage with have experienced the range of representations made about their presenting problems. I sit on an editorial board for a mental health nursing journal and am in touch with the current factors that are influencing care delivery on a local and national level. I review prospective articles for two other journals with a specialist interest in practice based research, CBT and representations of the mentally ill. I regularly work with grass roots workers who experience many of the problems associated to implementing cognitive and behavioural interventions and offer clinical supervision to such workers.

My publication and activity profile is available on the University of Salford SEEK site and you can also read some of my work through Research Gate.

Employability

This Masters has been designed to meet the growing need for people to have the skill set to work with clients with complex needs or mild to moderate mental health issues.

Many of our students already have jobs, but inform us that this course enhances their level of employment, or offers a new career pathway. Examples of job titles in the NHS are CBT lead for mental health trust and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist/therapist.

Alumni Profile

Ramsha Butt, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy student

"I chose to study at Salford University for my MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course because I had also completed my undergraduate BSc course at Salford and my experience at the university so far was very good. When looking towards the future and exploring what I would like to do next upon completing my BSc, I came across the MSc CBP course and contacted the course leader to enquire more. Upon expressing my interest in the course I gained a great deal of support and all my queries and questions were answered.

The course leader was very supportive, answering all the questions I had about the course. I had applied for the part time 3 year course however I expressed interest in completing the course on a full-time basis due to personal reasons and I was able to discuss this with the course leader and arrange a specific tailored schedule to suit both me and the modules to be able to complete the course.

The support received from personal tutors whilst completing the course or working towards a career path was fantastic.

My favourite project/ piece of work was my dissertation as I had the opportunity to work with complex presentations and provide interventions and also evaluate the intervention to see how useful or beneficial it was to the service users. In addition to this it also gave the opportunity to understand how secondary care NHS settings worked.

The course has enabled me to gain employment within a partner organisation of the NHS as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and I have now been able to further develop my career by applying for provisional accreditation from a professional body and also gain new employment in a specialist role working with long term health problems."

Links with Industry

This course has been created after request from the North West Strategic Health Authority. Some students will be able to use the Service Level Agreement to fund these modules. Other students will self-fund or request funding from their employer.

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,700
Part-timeMSc: £2,750 (year 1)
Full-time International£13,300
Full-time PgDip£5,500