Social Work

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Our Masters in Psychological Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will allow you to further your studies with a research based qualification. This programme is intended to develop your expertise as CBT practitioners, supervisors or trainers through your involvement in the design, implementation and write-up of a practice-based clinical research project.

This MSc will develop research skills which practitioners may employ in their services, and which may also serve as preparation for subsequent doctoral study. Increasingly, research and evaluation is an expected component of mental health services to assess outcome and effectiveness. Information management, evaluation planning, ethical decision making, data collection, analysis and dissemination all share a role in the process of research, and this year is designed to develop your skills in each of these areas.

The Masters programme is targeted at graduates of the PG Diploma in Psychological Therapies: CBT. 

The programme consists of two modules, which are designed around learning outcomes that provide you with the essential skills for undertaking effective research. Module 1 centres on the conception, design and writing of a research proposal for an original project with relevance to CBT. Module 2 involves you conducting the research: obtaining ethical approval, gathering, analysing data, and interpreting results, culminating in writing a research thesis.

This MSc is intended to develop your expertise as CBT practitioners, supervisors or trainers through your involvement in a small-scale research project. You will be taught a range of research skills and will learn to use these competently through designing and conducting an empirical investigation under direct, one to one supervision. For example, you may develop expertise in a specialist area of CBT practice through the use of practice-based single case research design methodologies. Furthermore, this programme may serve as preparation for subsequent doctoral study, including the PhD in Professional Practice, also delivered at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology.

There are two modules in this Masters programme. These are required to be taken in sequence for the award of the MSc qualification. Both modules are designed around learning outcomes that will help you gain skills that are essential to undertaking effective research. These skills, academic and communication skills, managing one’s own learning and working with others are also skills that are directly linked to successful employment and to preparation for a clinical doctorate qualification, if desired.

The curriculum is integrated in such a way as to be able to deliver a step-by-step approach to help build research skills that will have immediate ‘real life’ applicability. In order to do this successfully the programme is developed around a case-example approach to learning. Case study vignettes and current policy documents will be drawn from our stakeholders in the NHS, community organisations and charities. These real life case studies underpin our commitment to provide skills that are needed by employers and in further postgraduate study.

Module 1 will help you identify an evaluation practice issue that is specifically relevant to your interests, and in addition will introduce methods of analysis. You will gain direct experience through a consultation with stakeholders to gain different views on the issue, undertake a literature review on the topic area and learn to prepare an evaluation proposal, thus integrating academic skills and oral and written communication skills.

Module 2 will consolidate learning with a supervised, independent research project that builds on skills learned in Module 7. You will learn to manage and carry out all aspects of a practice-based research project including developing research questions and hypotheses, reviewing empirical, theoretical and policy documents, collecting and analysing information and writing a report.

The lecture-based teaching consists of ten morning sessions, all of which occur in the first term. Subsequently teaching occurs one-to-one with a research supervisor. You can expect a minimum of 15 hours’ supervision over the course of the programme. Lectures are delivered by members of the research team at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, who have many years’ experience providing teaching on research methods to Masters and Doctoral students. Staff members providing supervision are similarly experienced, ranging from senior lecturer level to Professor.

You are required to complete a range of assessments, both formative (not requiring a pass mark) and summative (need to be passed). Formative assessment strategies will include formative writing assignments and reflective reports, tests, presentations, tutor responses to participation in online discussion groups, tutor comments on draft pieces of work and peer review.

The summative assessments will include the project proposal and the final research thesis.  The proposal will consist of a 4000-word submission in which you will demonstrate your understanding of the background to your research study, and of the different methodologies and strategies you intend to use. Summative assessment will culminate in the design, production and presentation of an independent research project, which will test the extent to which you can apply the learning gained on the programme. You will be required to write up your research according to an appropriate scientific framework for the method adopted, in a thesis of no more than 12,000 words.

Both formative and summative assessments are closely linked to ‘real world’ evaluation skills necessary for either employment or continued postgraduate study.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  £4,500 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 18 months part-time


  • January

Typical contact hours per week

  • Module 1 (30 hours academic direction 170 hours practice learning & independant study) Wednesday 10-1pm, 10 sessions will be held on consecutive weeks. Some supervision time will also be available to be arranged between student and supervisors. Module 2 (15 hours supervision time 190 hours practice learning & independent study) teaching will be comprised of individual supervision meetings at times arranged between the student and supervisors.

Entry requirements

  • To qualify for entry onto this programme, applicants require a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This may be from Canterbury Christ Church University, or from another institution, from which credits can be transferred subject to University Accreditation of Prior Learning requirements. The candidate will generally have been awarded the PG Diploma in CBT at a merit level, but in the event that such grading was not available or not achieved, consideration of the suitability of the candidates will be made at the discretion of the Programme Director.



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