MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Children, Young People and Families)

Duration Part time 2 years
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date October


This programme has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip, undertaken as part of the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to children, young people and/or family mental health or a project related to a service-based development need in this area. Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher with provision available to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme.

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).

In this programme we aim to help you consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families by undertaking a research dissertation in this area. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The MSc will follow successful completion of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families) programme available within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) or an equivalent programme of study that includes specialist training in clinical psychology/mental health research methods and statistics.

Programme structure

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.

Learning and teaching

In this programme you will be learning how to design, conduct, analyse and report a novel piece of applied clinical research. You will develop your skills and knowledge about research methods and project management through regular individual tutorial sessions with your nominated supervisor. These sessions can be held by phone or Skype to avoid lengthy trips to Exeter. In addition, you will be welcome to attend occasional research methods workshops and seminars at the University, or alternatively to view these remotely using our internet-based Exeter Learning Environment.


Successful completion of the Masters level programme may help you to make the case for promotion to more senior clinical roles in health and social care organisations. For example, evidencing advanced skills in clinical research is a component of Specialist Practitioner grades in the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. The Masters award is also an appropriate pre-requisite for application to our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Research Programme, to support your progression to senior applied clinical research positions.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a UK-based IAPT PG-Dip programme (Child or Adult).

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through IAPT services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised by IAPT services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Fees and funding

PYCM002 (self-directed study)* £375
PYCM002 (assessed) £750
MSc £2,600

*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.

Contact us

Programme administrator:

Christina Gkatzioli
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Room 001,
Washington Singer,
Perry Road,
Exeter, EX4 4QG.

Tel: +44 (0)1392 723122


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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.