MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


All OCTC Postgraduate Courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are run in collaboration with the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.  Our new programme provides an accessible and flexible format of CBT training, well suited to the needs of contemporary mental health practitioners, whilst maintaining the 'gold-standard' delivered over the past two decades.


Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

Applications closing dates:

22 January 2021, 12 noon

2 March 2021, 12 noon (N.B. only applicable if places still available following January selection round).

Further information available on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website.

The MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy builds on credits obtained in our Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. Applicants to this award must therefore have already completed, or currently be completing our Postgraduate Diploma in CBT.
Returning students should apply via the Graduate Admissions webpage for this course. Current Diploma students should contact the course team for information on how to apply.

Our MSc in CBT now has both clinical and research-based pathways.

Research:  If you are interested in carrying out quality research and want to contribute to the evidence base for CBT, the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy offers clinicians who have finished our Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) an opportunity to progress to the MSc in CBT. This two year, research-based award provides the foundation for carrying out research and publishing an academic paper.

Clinical: If you want to hone your proficiency in implementing evidence-based treatment across a wide range of clinical presentations, and in disseminating these treatments as trainers and supervisors to other practitioners, then clinicians who have finished our Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can undertake an additional one-year specialist pathway to achieve an MSc in CBT.

Research tutorial dates for 2021-23 cohort are:

20 – 22 September 2021

1 – 2 November 2021

16 -17 May 2022

16 – 17 January 2023

8 – 9 May 2023

Why an MSc in CBT? 

“I have learnt so much and it has definitely opened up more doors and career opportunities for me. And I think made me a better clinical lead.”

—Amanda Farr, Clinical Lead, Let’s Talk Wellbeing (IAPT service), Adult Psychological Therapies, Primary Care , Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust