Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) Programme codePTS1PSYPSY10
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) offers you an opportunity to pursue an in depth consideration and critic of a topic relevant to MBCT/MBA. There are two options: a research project or a theoretical research paper (10,000 words). For either option, 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). You will mainly study independently but will have regular access to supervision from an expert in the field. There may be opportunities for attendance at research seminars or peer group supervision.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) aims to develop your ability to research, evaluate and critique the MBCT/MBA field. Specifically it aims to provide an in depth understanding of the MBCT/MBA field through undertaking an empirical investigation or thesis in a topic relevant to MBCT/MBA.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) programme can be studied flexibly on a part-time basis, taking up to two years to complete, dependent upon your and/or your services ability to commit to the programme.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules

a for progression to the MSc you must pass this module (the module will appear on your transcript as “transcript only” meaning that it will not count towards progression or award).

b you must choose either PYCM001 or PSYM059.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research [see note a above]20Yes
PYCM001 Psychological Therapies Research Project [see note b above]60Yes
PSYM059 Theoretical Research Paper in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches [see note b above]60Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Articulate and solve complex problems
2. Carry out an extended piece of theoretical / empirical work
3. Plan and organise complex concepts in written format
4. Express sophisticated material in a clear and compelling way
5. Synthesise material from more than one area, thus engaging in a fruitful process of cross-fertilisation

Outcomes will be developed through independent study, supervision, peer groups and attendance at bespoke training days. Supervision will provide opportunities for discussion and formative feedback.

At the start of the programme the thesis proposal

Assessment of final dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Acquire in depth knowledge about theory underpinning MBCT/MBA
7. Demonstrate a reflective, ethical and professional framework in line with the values underpinning MBCT/MBA
8. Engage analytically with past and current theoretical writing in the field of MBCT/MBA and related areas delineating a particular area of interest for in-depth exploration
9. Build creatively upon previous work, developing further concepts and thus contributing to the field of MBCT/MBA

Outcomes will be developed through independent study, supervision, peer groups and attendance at bespoke training days. Supervision will provide opportunities for discussion and formative feedback.

At the start of the thesis year students will be provided with an in depth bibliography as well as guidance on how to critically appraise the field which will be developed further through supervision sessions.

At the start of the programme the thesis proposal

Assessment of final dissertation

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. Reflect upon learning, to set personal learning goals and evaluate progress
11. Develop innovation, persistence, independence and confidence to exercise personal responsibility and autonomous initiative
12. Develop an ability to work and communicate effectively with others
13. Use supervision collaboratively to generate fresh perspectives and explore conceptual issues, practical problems and ethical questions
14. Tolerate uncertainty and incompleteness for an extended period of time

Outcomes will be developed primarily through supervision sessions, which will be set up with a clear supervisory contract and on-going review of progress towards these goals. Supervisors will offer formative feedback to the programme leads on the student’s collaborative use of supervision.

Peer groups may be a further opportunity to reflect on these issues. If necessary the University Study Skills can be used to provide extra support of key skills if needed.

At the start of the programme the thesis proposal

Assessment of final dissertation

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 50% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. If you fail any modules you will not be permitted to continue with the programme and your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

For progression to the MSc component there is an additional requirement to pass the module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research. If you take this module as part of the 120 credits for the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), the module will count towards your overall degree. However, if you do not take this module as part of the PGDip, you will be required to take PYCM002 as an additional module; if successful, this module will not be included in the MSc award calculation. The award of MSc will be achieved upon successful completion of the programme.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Candidates must also have successfully completed the PGCert and PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches).

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

This programme is not accredited by an external agency.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/07/2011

Date of last revision

30/06/2015