The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma) provides both clinical and research skills training to promote evidence-based practice in mental health care.
You may study for the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) over 18 months to obtain the minimum training qualification accredited by The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to practice as a CBT therapist or apply directly to this MSc which is offered over 2 years.
The MSc adds to the PG Dip modules an applied specialist clinical module for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders including research methods training designed to facilitate clinical research and encourage therapists to publish in academic journals.
Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.
Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy highlights
- The taught modules have been accredited by the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy professional body, The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), to Level 2 which meets BABCP minimum training standards criteria for individual therapist accreditation.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The MSc is provided by a team of internationally recognised trauma researchers and clinicians and is one of the few specialist MScs in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma and related disorders available in these islands and across Europe.
“The Specialist MSc in CBT (Trauma) is designed to train staff in the treatment of PTSD and trauma related disorders using psychological therapies that have a strong evidence base. The course will help to increase the skill base of mental health staff to practice at this specialist level.”
Dr Michael Duffy, Programme Director
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete four taught modules (120 CATS points) and a specialist MSc assessment (60 CATS points).
Course Details The MSc is delivered part-time over two years and provides training in the evidence based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy models that are recommended in NICE guidelines.
The programme consists of six x 20 credit modules (PG Dip modules) which are linked to the BABCP Minimum Training Standards for CBT accreditation (Level 2) and in addition an applied clinical module on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a research component (60 credits).
Core Modules (all 20 CATS except where stated):
Core Concepts & Skills of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
Training Supervision of the Application of CBP Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety Disorders – Year 1 and Year 2
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Complex Disorders
Self-Practice / Self-Reflection in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Optional)
Evidence Based Practice (Optional)
Appraisal and Application of CBT for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Other Trauma Related Disorders
Taught modules are delivered one day per week over 4 x 12-week semesters. Students must attend small group training supervision sessions at Queen’s. Where possible, these will be delivered during the teaching days. They are designed to facilitate the integration of research and theory with practice, and the development of skills in CBT. Clinical accountability for CBT clinical practice remains with the agency responsible for the patients. During the taught modules (first 18 months), training supervision is provided each morning in small groups before teaching commences. Teaching and supervision are provided each Thursday and trainees should plan for a second day to provide therapy with clients, receive supervision at base and critically review their own performance.
Trainees will be expected to provide therapy with a minimum of 8 clients during the course and also arrange their own clinical supervision within the agency providing the clients for the trainee. Therapy sessions should be recorded on camera for supervision purposes and to facilitate self-reflection on practice development.
The MSc research teaching is provided in year 2; semester one comprised of three seminars over two half days (October and December) and one full day (November) in college. In semester 2 there is one final half day seminar (May) to consider forms of information presentation and dissemination along with plans for writing up the assignment.
The clinical component of the specialist MSc module is an applied specialist clinical module for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders and is provided over 12 weeks in the spring semester in year 2. Clinical accountability for CBT clinical practice with trauma clients remains with the agency responsible for the patients. MSc students will also complete further training in research methods.
The specialist MSc assessment will be based on assessment of the following components which must all be passed to receive the MSc award:
one PTSD therapy session recorded on camera
one PTSD case study
a research/literature review/project
Training supervision will be provided by the Queen’s teaching team and agency supervision will be provided by CBT staff meeting BABCP criteria for provision of supervision.
People teaching you
Dr Michael Duffy's main area of research interest has been mental health linked to trauma and conflict and the development of evidence based psychological interventions, in particular cognitive therapy for conflict related PTSD.
2 Year Route: 1 day per week over 4 x 12 week semesters 1 Year Route: Semester 1 – 3 x 1 day workshops; Semester 2 – 1 day per week x 12 weeks
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services are an expanding area of mental health services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies.
Graduate of this specialist MSc can apply for professional employment as fully accredited Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapists, practice in trauma at a specialist CBT level and are be able to undertake clinical research with a view to publishing in academic and professional journals.
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Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
The modules are provided one day per week at Queen's.
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Essays, case studies, case presentations, supervision, DVD-recorded clinical sessions supervision, portfolio, research project.
The Graduate School
A 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification(s) and at least two years clinical practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting. All applicants must:
- Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and
- Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and
- Be in a role for the duration of the Programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes.
Applicants from a non-core profession must provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
All eligible applicants will be interviewed.
Progression from the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) onto the MSc will be subject to successfully completing all PG Dip modules and assessment of suitability for study of research methods and advanced CBT practice, which must be approved by the Course Director.
Applicants with a relevant PG Dip in CBT may apply for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) under the University's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy. This will exempt them from the first year of the MSc in Specialist Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma) (90 CATS points). Applicants applying under the RPCL Policy must provide a record of modular content of prior PG Dip in CBT training and relevant CPD. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
Closing date for applications: Friday 31st July 2020 at 4pm.
Late applications may be considered.
International students will need local placements to access clients for clinical training. Whilst these placements should normally be arranged by the applicants the university will try to negotiate a limited number of placements with local H&SC agencies.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £6,140 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900 Other (non-UK) EU £6,140 International £16,900
MSc (T) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a 2 year course and fees shown are for each year.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy costs
Students are required to register for BABCP membership, the student rate costs £25. BABCP accreditation is optional for all students and would normally be applied for at the end of training at the PG Diploma level.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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