MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

The University of South Wales has many years’ experience in teaching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and this course is the most comprehensive CBT training available in South Wales. The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist and have already completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent.

The MSc is a three year course, made up of two years training on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, plus one year completing the Masters (research and dissertation stage). On the Masters stage you will learn about research methods for studying cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and will undertake a research project of your choice and write it up in the form of a dissertation.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years September Newport City C

After successful completion of the PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy stage, students can proceed to the final Masters stage.

At the Masters stage, you will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about counselling and psychotherapy. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to CBT, and will write an 18,000 word dissertation on this. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support.


The Masters (research and dissertation stage) consists of seven days teaching plus independent study for the rest of the year. Classes include lectures, practical and interactive sessions, group work, presentations, seminars and computer-based research training. Your supervisor will offer nine hours of project supervision (face-to face, by phone or email) and will support you by providing constructive feedback on your draft.


Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (18,000 words)


There is no formal requirement for a placement during the Masters research and dissertation stage of the MSc, but students would usually be in practice as a CBT therapist.


A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus. IT and library facilties including access to SPSS (statistics software).


Dr Sheila Spong
Sheila Brennan
Other members of the counselling and psychotherapy teaching team.

  • A Postgraduate Diploma in CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy which includes an introduction to research methods*
  • Two references uploaded with your application (One from your previous Counselling tutor)
  • Membership of a relevant professional body, eg BACP

*If you require further information about the requirements for research methods training please contact Dr Sheila Spong

There is no formal requirement for a placement during this research and dissertation stage however students would usually be in practice as a CBT Therapist.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of CBT, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and employability as a therapist in the statutory, commercial and third sector. There may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, either at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

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