Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma)


In Belfast City

£ 4,000 + VAT


  • Typology


  • Location

    Belfast city (Northern Ireland)

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Start

    Different dates available


The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma) provides both clinical and research skills training to promote evidence-based practice in mental health care. Trainees may study for the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) over 18 months to obtain the minimum training qualification accredited by The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to practice as a CBT therapist or apply to proceed to the MSC which is offered over 2 years. The MSc adds to the PG Dip modules an applied specialist clinical module for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders including research methods training designed to facilitate clinical research and encourage therapists to publish in academic journals. Why Queen's? The MSc is provided by a team of internationally recognised trauma researchers and clinicians and is one of the few specialist MScs in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma and related disorders available in these islands and across Europe. The PG Diploma has been accredited by the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy professional body, The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), to Level 2 which meets BABCP minimum training standards criteria for individual therapist accreditation.  




Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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A 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification(s) and at least two years clinical practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting. All applicants must: Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an organisation providing therapeutic or counselling...

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  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Teaching
  • Therapist
  • Accredited
  • Clinical Research

Course programme

Course Details

The MSc is based on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and consists of 4 x 30 credit modules which are linked to the BABCP Minimum Training Standards for therapist accreditation (Level 2) and the Specialist Level award for social workers.

The Application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety module is the supervision module that runs in parallel with the first 2 taught modules CBT for Depression and CBT for Anxiety Disorders.

CBT for other Specific and Complex Orders (Semester 1, Year 2) incorporates both teaching and supervision. Each module is taught one day per week over 3 x 12 week semesters at Queen’s University campus. Students are required to attend small group[MD1] training supervision sessions at Queen’s. Where possible, these will be delivered during the teaching days.These sessions are designed to facilitate the integration of research and theory with practice, and the development of skills in cognitive-behavioural therapy.

The MSc research teaching is provided in year two; semester one comprised of three seminars over two half days (October and December) and one full day (November) in college. In Semester 2 there is one final half day seminar (May) to consider forms of information presentation and dissemination along with plans for writing up the assignment.

The specialist clinical trauma component of the MSc module is an applied specialist clinical module for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders and is provided in over 12 weeks in the spring semester in year 2. Clinical accountability for CBT clinical practice with trauma clients remains with the agency responsible for the patients. MSc students will also complete further training in research methods.

Assessment & Feedback

Essays, case studies, case presentations, supervision, DVD-recorded clinical sessions supervision, portfolio, research project.

Learning and Teaching

The four PgDip modules are provided one day per week at Queen's.

Additional information

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services are an expanding area of mental health services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies. The award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will enable students to apply for professional employment as fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. The Specialist MSc will train therapists to practice in trauma at a specialist CBT level and to be able to undertake clinical research with a view to publishing in academic and professional...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma)

£ 4,000 + VAT