The MSc programme in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling is an advanced professional and clinical training for students who wish to practice as psychotherapists offering cognitive behavioural 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 the 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.
Trainee counsellors will usually complete the course part-time, in two years, attending university on Thursday afternoons and evenings for twenty weeks and ten Friday and Saturday blocks across each year. Trainee counsellors are also required to complete 50 clinical placement hours in year one, and 100 in year two, enabling application towards registration or accreditation with professional bodies such as the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and/or the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (BABCP).
Clinical Practice Skills
Personal and Professional Development in Counselling
Evidence-Based Practice & Research Methods
Supervision & Continuing Professional Development (Optional)
Bereavement, Loss & Change (Optional)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Psychodynamic Counselling & Time Limited Practice
Clinical Practice Advanced
Fees and finance
Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits
20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
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.
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.
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.