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Postgraduate taught

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

UCAS code 1234
Duration 2 years part time
Entry year 2020 (October start)
Contact

Programme administrator: Summer Bedford
Email: mindfulness@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1392 722504

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the PGCert and PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice.

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology

Overview

  • This MSc offers you an opportunity to pursue an in depth consideration and critic of a topic relevant to Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches (MBCT/MBA)
  • You can choose from two options: a research project or a theoretical research paper (10,000 words)
  • You will mainly study independently but will have regular access to supervision from an expert in the field
  • There may be opportunities for attendance at research seminars or peer group supervision.
  • Maintain an in depth focus on the underpinning theory and research, enhanced by the work carried out in the Mood Disorders Centre; a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service.

Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the PGCert and PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)1.
  • Prior to starting this programme, unless you can evidence completing a previous Masters level research module, you will be required to complete the research module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research (that will not be used in the calculation of your award)2.

1 See our PGCert and PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) courses.

Find out more about the PYCM002 module on our website.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) offers you an opportunity to pursue an in depth consideration and critic of a topic relevant to MBCT/MBA. There are two options: a research project or a theoretical research paper (10,000 words). For either option, you will be required to complete the research module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research (that will not be used in the calculation of your award). You will mainly study independently but will have regular access to supervision from an expert in the field. There may be opportunities for attendance at research seminars or peer group supervision.

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) aims to develop your ability to research, evaluate and critique the MBCT/MBA field. Specifically it aims to provide an in depth understanding of the MBCT/MBA field through undertaking an empirical investigation or thesis in a topic relevant to MBCT/MBA.

Train with experts

Each of our postgraduate training programmes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches maintain an in depth focus on the underpinning theory and research, enhanced by the work carried out in the Mood Disorders Centre; a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service. The Centre  has been offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies (MBCT) as part of its clinical services since 2002. In addition to the training delivered by experts from the Mood Disorders Centre with an international profile in developing, researching and teaching mindfulness-based approaches, teaching is enhanced by external tutors skilled in MBCT and Mindfulness-based interventions.

You will benefit from the integral involvement of experienced Buddhist teachers exploring the lineage of mindfulness in Buddhist Psychology, and the teachers at Gaia House through our collaboration.

Our training places you at the heart of the community in a region with one of the largest networks of mindfulness practitioners and Buddhist teachers in the country.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

60 credits of compulsory modules

Please note: for progression to the MSc you must pass this module (the module will appear on your transcript as “transcript only” meaning that it will not count towards progression or award).

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, please contact: CEDAR-pgtadmin@exeter.ac.uk.

Fees

PYCM002 (self-directed study)*£500

PYCM002 (assessed): £1,000

MSc: £3,000

*the self-directed study version of module PYCM002 (Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research) is suitable for students with significant previous clinical research experience. Please detail your experience (and resulting publications) on the application form.

Teaching and research

For the Masters module you will work more independently with regular contact with your supervisor through one to one tutorials.

Assessment on the MSc:

  • 10,000 word dissertation either as a thesis or empirical research project.

Careers

Mindfulness is a new, expanding and dynamic area in which to work and presents plenty of possibilities. In our experience, some students have a clear idea of where Mindfulness fits in their work and receive support from their managers; others have found that opportunities to apply what they have learnt from their studies have arisen both during and after the course. Examples of how students have benefited from the programmes and activities with which they’ve been involved include:

  • expanding their current work roles to deliver MBCT within the context of primary and secondary mental healthcare settings (these have been new and innovative additions to the existing services, in some instances with our students designing and running services);
  • delivering mindfulness groups to staff working within a healthcare setting, for example as part of an occupational health setting;
  • offering mindfulness groups privately to mixed populations;
  • offering mindfulness groups to very targeted groups such as people with chronic fatigue, carers, or in hospice settings;
  • exploring how to bring mindfulness in to General Practice.