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MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research
(High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - 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 (October start)

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

Entry requirements

Applicants must be employed within IAPT services

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology


  • Consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapy by undertaking a research dissertation in this area.
  • Enjoy a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment
  • The programme 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 (Child or Adult).

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).

Course content

This programme has been developed to enable you extend your PGDip, undertaken as part of the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme, 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 psychological wellbeing practice 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.

The MSc will follow successful completion of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 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.

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

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.