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MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research - 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 2022 (18th January start)
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology

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

Typical offer

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Applicants must have completed a UK-based PGDip psychological therapies programme.

Contextual offers


  • Extend your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in evidence-based psychological therapy/practice by undertaking a research project or service evaluation in your practice area.
  • Enjoy a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment with other psychological therapists/practitioners.
  • The programme is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

Programme news

This programme is now open to any psychological therapists/practitioners qualified at Diploma level in the UK, that want to extend their studies at Master’s level.

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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.

Online Q&A sessions

Join one of our online Q&A drop-in sessions:

  • 19 Oct 12:00-13:00
  • 2 Nov 12:30-13:30
  • 15 Nov 12:00-13:00

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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 PGDip psychological therapies programme, such as:

  • PGDip Children, Young People and Families
  • PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
  • PGDip High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • PGDip Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches
  • PGDip Mental Health Practice in Education Settings
  • PGDip Severe Mental Health Problems: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
  • PGDip Severe Mental Health Problems: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Personality Disorder
  • PGDip Systemic Family Therapy

Course content

This programme has been developed to enable you extend your PGDip into an MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research or service evaluation. The research thesis will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to your clinical area or a project related to service-based development. Supervision is provided by clinical researchers and/or psychological therapies/practice subject experts with provision available to support project supervision over Zoom or Teams to improve access to the programme.

The MSc will follow successful completion of a PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice programme available within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) or nationally.

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.


UK/EU fees:

Part-time: £2,375 per year


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To apply, please complete an application form and reference form, and return them to

Applications must be received by 15 December 2021.

You must outline an idea for an original research or service evaluation project within your clinical area that has not been previously conducted (max 500 words). This need not be the project that you would undertake within the MSc; it is intended to demonstrate your ability to identify a research question and appropriate methodology. When evaluating this, we pay attention to your research question, whether the methods you have selected are appropriate and whether the project is feasible.

When applying, you must provide one reference and detailed academic transcripts. ‌

The reference should be from an academic tutor or lecturer if you graduated within the past 2 years. If you graduated more than 2 years ago it is still preferable to submit an academic reference, however a work reference is acceptable.

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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 group seminars and regular individual tutorial sessions with your nominated supervisor(s). These sessions can be held over Zoom or Teams 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.