Cognitive Behavioural Therapy MSc (top-up) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST239 (Top Up to MSc)

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Starting:

May 2022

 

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Course code:

HLST239 (Top Up to MSc)

Study options:

1 year part-time

 

Location:

Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences

Starting:

May 2022

 

Fees:

Faculty:


Get in touch


Overview

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders.

This MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (top-up) course is aimed at cognitive behavioural practitioners who wish to gain a master's qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Achieving this award gives students the ability to seek promotion opportunities within the psychological therapies field and improve their career prospects.


Additional information:

  • Next cohort MSc Top-up start date: May 2022

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Course information

The MSc award has been designed to meet the needs of students who wish specifically to undertake a master’s level educational programme and is aimed at cognitive behavioural practitioners who wish to gain a master's qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

 

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

To achieve the award of MSc CBT you will need to successfully complete three mandatory modules.

Modules

  • Master’s (MSc) modules

    • Research Methods

  • Research Methods

    The module aims to introduce you to some of the main quantitative and qualitative research methods used in psychology research. More specifically, the module aims to provide you with a solid grounding in the core quantitative and qualitative designs employed in the psychological sciences. In addition, it provides you with a strong sense of competence in using more advanced statistical techniques (t-tests, correlation, regression, ANOVA), and qualitative techniques (thematic analysis, grounded theory, discourse analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis). To promote learning and engagement, you will have the opportunity to practice statistical techniques with data provided as part of the self-practice work. In summary, this module will focus on developing your knowledge and ability of why and how to apply different quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • Ethics and Project Planning

    The module aims to guide you through the important processes involved in developing a research proposal (e.g. conceptual, methodological and ethical considerations). You will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course through the practical tasks set out at the end of each lecture. In summary this module will focus on developing your ability to plan psychological research projects

  • Research project

    This module aims to introduce you to the concept of systematic literature reviews and for you to engage in supervised but independent work at an advanced level. You will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills (e.g. project planning, quality assessment) acquired during the course and to investigate in depth an area of specific interest to you. This should be comprised of a systematic review of journal articles in a format that would suitable for publication in an appropriate review journal.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Facilitates the development of skills, knowledge and competencies as psychological therapists with evidenced-based interventions to maximise professional development
  • Gaining a master's qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy gives students the ability to seek promotional opportunities within the psychological therapies field and improve their career prospects
  • Offered on a part-time basis, and delivered using a combination of online and face-to-face teaching

Your main study themes are:

  • Research Methods: Aims to give students a direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, and report experimental research. You will progress from having the conceptual understanding that is necessary to develop research proposals, through the practical considerations involved in the design and implementation of research designs, to the skills and knowledge required to summarise, analyse and present research findings. You will engage in supervised but independent work at an advanced level. You will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at Masters level an area of specific interest to you. This will be comprised of a systematic literature review of predominately peer reviewed journal articles, to produce a literature in a format that would be suitable for publication in an appropriate review journal.

The MSc course is offered on a part-time basis*, and is delivered via methods including keynote online lectures, self-study online materials, face-to-face tutorials and guided reading.

The first series of lead lectures in Semester 1 focus on introducing quantitative research methods in psychology (Lectures 1- 6), and the second series (Lectures 7-10) focus on introducing qualitative research methods in psychology. Semester 2 lectures aim to build your awareness and understanding of the conceptual and ethical considerations for planning a research project. Finally Semester 3 lectures aim to build your knowledge from Semester 1 and 2 and focus on literature searching - aiming to introduce the concept of conducting systematic literature reviews.

Lectures and associated self-study guided material will be available to you online. The purpose of the self-study online materials is for you to gain “hands-on” experience of applying quantitative and qualitative research techniques and to promote awareness of the fundamental principles for designing and planning a research project. Thus, while working through the materials you will have the opportunity to participate in tasks aimed at developing your ability of working with quantitative and qualitative data, and complete activities to facilitate your understanding of how to develop a research question and turn it into a methodologically sound project.

You will be encouraged to use forums to ask questions related to lectures or self-study guided materials.

Please note the online platform used is subject to change.

*Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk for more information about studying this course part-time.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods. Assessment methods include:

  • Methodological Assessment: The aim is to assess the acquired knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods by providing answers to a series of questions.
  • Research Proposal: The aim is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate competency to plan an empirical project and consider appropriate ethical issues.
  • Systematic Literature Review: The aim is to demonstrate the ability to synthesise and critically appraise CBT literature.

On successful completion of the MSc CBT top-up course, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Critically evaluate research literature
  • Critically evaluate quantitative or qualitative research designs and methods of data collection
  • Critically evaluate the ethics of doing psychological research
  • Systematically review and critically evaluate a specific area of literature within the field of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Work within ethical guidelines and demonstrate initiative and skill in planning, problem-solving, information gathering and investigation
  • Structure and present information in a format suitable for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal

For the MSc top-up course, you will be required to attend an induction session scheduled at the beginning of the first semester – this lasts for 4-5 hours and will be held on the Coventry University Coventry Campus. In addition, you will be encouraged to use an online learning platform to ask questions related to lectures or self-study guided materials throughout the course. For the third piece of coursework (systematic literature review) you will be provided with 10 hours academic supervision, either face-to-face or online.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

*Please note the online platform is subject to change.

 

 

The faculty takes pride in offering a multicultural, international experience, attracting students from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and different countries, who provide global insight and experience. Many of the organisations we have links to operate on an international basis and we also collaborate with internationally renowned researchers across the globe.

Entry Requirements

Entry on to the MSc CBT top-up requires PgDip CBT or equivalent.

Entry on to the MSc CBT top-up requires PgDip CBT or equivalent.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required. Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2022

£3,466


Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


May 2022

£5,533


Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

 

 

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has a continually evolving evidence-base with emphasis on therapy outcomes and robust, universally applicable treatment methods.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most effective of available treatments across a range of psychological problems, specifically depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and phobia. As such, CBT is the basis of much mental health practice. It has become government policy for NHS Trusts to provide patients/clients with access to CBT.

Achieving this award would enable you to seek promotion opportunities within the psychological therapies field and broaden your career prospects.

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gained employment in a range of therapeutic services, both in primary and secondary care. Graduates of the course have successfully progressed to supervisory roles and posts in management.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process