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

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


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 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.

The programmes have been set up and are run in collaboration with Gaia House; a centre for meditation, enquiry and compassion where you will attend retreats to cultivate your own personal mindfulness practice. 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.

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.


Our next course will be in September 2019.

The MSc will follow successful completion of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) programme available within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) or an equivalent programme of study.

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

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.


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.

Masters graduates

You may be interested in the work of our graduates and where they have taken their studies. Please read below each of their Theses:

  • Pilot study on the Mindfulness in Schools Project’s Foundation Course for teachers: Investigating the effects on levels of stress and well-being in secondary school teachers (download Thesis – Lindi McAlpine (.pdf) by Lindi McAlpine.  Please see also additional appendices (download Additional MSc appendices – Lindi McAlpine (.pdf)

  • What factors motivate and support an 8-week mindfulness course participant to establish and maintain a mindfulness practice? (download Thesis - Jiva Masheder (.pdf) by Jiva Masheder.

  • A Space for Embodied Mutual Inquiry: A Framework for Supervision for Mindfulness-based Teachers (download Thesis - Alison Evans (.pdf) by Alison EvansRead online.

  • Introducing art making into MBCT as a bridge between practice and inquiry: Exploring the use of art materials as a means of bringing the inner experience of mindfulness practice into awareness and expression (download Thesis - Rosalind Hammond (.pdf) by Rosalind Hammond.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the PGCert and PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)


How to apply

For more information on how to apply, please contact

Fees and funding

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.

Contact us

Programme administrator:

Christina Gkatzioli
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Washington Singer,
Room 001,
Perry Road,

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.