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MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research
(CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 2 years part time
Entry year 2020 (September start)

Programme administrator: Laura Blaken
Phone: +44 (0)1392 722459

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a UK-based IAPT PGDip programme.

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology


  • Extend your PGDip into an MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research
  • Follow your research interests in a topic related to clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher
  • Consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner applying CBT with clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder.
  • Enjoy 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.

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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.

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

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed a UK-based IAPT PG-Dip 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).

The MSc will follow successful completion of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) programme available within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) or the previous PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (CBT for Early Intervention in Psychosis), or an equivalent programme of study that includes specialist training in clinical psychology/mental health research methods and statistics.

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

This programme has been developed to enable you extend your PGDip into an MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or a project related to a service-based development need in this area.

Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher. We are able to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme.

The programme can be studied flexibly on a part-time basis, taking up to two years to complete, dependent upon your and/or your service's ability to commit to the programme.

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.

How to apply

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UK/EU 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) in your application.


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

Teaching will include research supervision, tutorials, seminars and discussion, which can be provided over the telephone or by internet based software applications. There will also be guided independent study and research work.

Assessments will include an 8000-word (with appendix of up to 2000 words) written dissertation.


A range of services is available to support your study within Psychology, including:

  • Team development programme.
  • Personal and professional development planning.
  • Student handbooks and programme guides.
  • A range of specialist advisors.
  • Computing and Statistics Help Desk.
  • Virtual Resource Room and other web-based learning materials.
  • Clinically focused seminars: the ‘Think Tank’, provided by the Mood Disorders Centre.


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.

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

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.