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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Programme Overview: The Masters programme in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy [CBT] is designed to facilitate the development of competence within this specialist modality of practice for those who have completed a Level 8 programme in the fields of counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, health and social care or who have relevant professional practice. CBT is an evidence based intervention that is recognised across the broad area of health and social care as an approach that can deal effectively with issues within psychotherapeutic practice either on its own or in combination with pharmacological or other interventions. The programme will enable the learner to develop professional skills, knowledge, attitude and approaches to be able to work in this area. On completion of the programme, graduates should be able to demonstrate the capacity to utilise CBT approaches appropriately and autonomously.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.2) at Level 8,or its equivalent in a related discipline. The nature of the programme allows for the consideration of candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Those with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview.

All applicants are expected to be fluent and competent in both written and spoken English. In the case of overseas applications, students will have to provide certification of competency in English indicating a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS .


This programme can be completed over I or more years full or part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities:
Graduates can expect extended opportunities for employment in areas specialising in psychotherapeutic practice. Graduates are expected to act as leaders or partners in multi-disciplinary teams within the statutory, private and commercial sectors dealing with a wide range of complex issues that require professional intervention.

Graduates who successfully complete the MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) pursue Doctoral programmes (level 10) at other colleges and universities, both in Ireland and abroad.

Further enquiries

Further Information:
Admissions Office
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences , Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park , Castletroy, Limerick

Telephone: 061 216288 Website:
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Subjects taught


Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Cognitive & Behavioural Approaches in Therapeutic Interventions Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Advance Cognitive Behavioural Skills Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 40 Practical 60
Innovations in CBT practice Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Understanding Psychopathology Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Evidence Based Practice and Research Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 100
Research Methods and Design Credits 5 Project 100
Elective Module Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Practicum Credits 20 Continuous Assessment 100
Dissertation Credits 30 Continuous Assessment 100


Teaching and Learning Approach: The course uses both direct provision and blended learning: In the vast majority of cases students can access courses using any one of 3 approaches— By going to class, on line or by viewing podcasts of the individual class sessions. However in specific modules classroom attendance is a requirement.

Assessment method

The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme requires learners to undertake a range of practical assignments, essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.

Course fee

€7,500 (if taken over 1 or 2 years)
Students have two options for the payment of their fees:

1. Payment of tuition fees in full on or before registration day

2. Initial deposit of €100 & completed Standing Order form which will be sent to your bank by the Finance Department

Initial deposit of €100 to be paid on application which is offset against tuition fees

Academic Registration and Administration fee is payable separate to registration fees and invoiced in November of the academic year.


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