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MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy *

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Two years part-time

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Must hold a degree and have relevant clinical experience. 

Students should be 21 or over. 

Please see Entry Requirements below. 

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The MSc programme in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy is an advanced professional and clinical training for students who wish to practice as psychotherapists offering cognitive behaviour therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

Having this dual track approach to understanding mental health widens opportunities to work in a wide range of mental health settings, both statutory, voluntary and private. The course enables the capacity to work from different theoretical approaches to understanding both research and its application to clinical theory and practice.

A dissertation will allow you to explore your integrative approach to therapy and evidence-based practice. The course will enable you to work towards applications for BACP registration and accreditation, and British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation.

There is a substantial evidence base for offering cognitive therapies for a range of psychological diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This MSc also offers you the opportunity to practice approaches to time limited psychodynamic therapy with an evidence base for depression.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Mandatory)
The Therapeutic Relationship and use of self (Mandatory)
Integrative Research Approaches (Mandatory)
Psychodynamic Counselling & Time Limited Practice (Mandatory)
Theoretical Insights In Counselling (Optional)
Counselling Skills and Competencies (Optional)
Continuing Professional Development (Optional)
Bereavement, Loss and Change (Optional)
Dissertation (Mandatory)

Fees and finance


  • Part-time tuition fee: £870 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information).

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants must hold a degree (or where relevant have worked at degree level and provide a post qualification portfolio) and have relevant clinical experience in the health and social care field of at least two years. For example, students with a core profession in Health or Social Care field.

As entry to the Counselling subject area does require specific subject knowledge, applicants are expected to have achieved an appropriate introductory course in counselling.

Students will be 21 or over at the start of the course although in exceptional circumstances applicants will be accepted below this age if they can demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity. 

Also see How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Entry is by interview and appropriate references.

Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Students will require placement in a counselling setting that enables them to complete 100 hours of clinical practice which will commence from the second semester of year one.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  


Senior Lecturer in Counselling