Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Programme codePTS1PSYPSY11
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

This programme has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip, undertaken as part of the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (High Intensity) Programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to high intensity CBT or a project related to a service-based development need in this area. Supervision is provided by a clinical/psychological therapies researcher with provision available to support project supervision over the telephone or through internet-based software applications to improve access to the programme. Prior to starting this programme, unless you can evidence completing a previous Masters level research module, 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).

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

In this programme we aim to help you consolidate your previous training as an effective and evidence-based practitioner in high intensity CBT evidence-based psychological therapy by undertaking a research dissertation in this area. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 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. The programme of study is at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). It will follow successful completion of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programme available within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) or an equivalent programme of study that includes specialist training in clinical psychology/mental health research methods and statistics.

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 and non-condonable 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).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research [See note a above]20Yes
PYCM001 Psychological Therapies Research Project 60Yes

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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. Describe in detail a particular research design/methodology.
2. Apply many of the general research and analysis skills covered in the taught part of the programme through managing a relatively substantial research project (i.e. conceptualise, design, carry out and communicate the results of research that is relevant to the concerns of the patients, providers and commissioners of health services).
3. Demonstrate a reflective, ethical and professional framework in your research work.

Research supervision, tutorials, seminars and discussion which can be provided over the telephone or by internet based software applications. Guided independent study and research work.

8000 word (with appendix of up to 2000 words) written dissertation (ILO 1-6).

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:

4. Use research to solve complex problems.

Research supervision, tutorials, seminars and discussion which can be provided over the telephone or by internet based software applications. Guided independent study and research work.

8000 word (with appendix of up to 2000 words) written dissertation (ILO 1-6).

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:

5. Work innovatively, persistently, independently and confidently and exercise personal responsibility and autonomous initiative.
6. Work and communicate effectively with others.

Research supervision, tutorials, seminars and discussion which can be provided over the telephone or by internet based software applications. Guided independent study and research work.

8000 word (with appendix of up to 2000 words) written dissertation (ILO 1-6).

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

The programme consists of 60 credits taken part-time over a year (in addition to the 120 credits for the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)).

Progression to Award

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 also an additional requirement to pass the module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research; 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.

Applicants must normally have completed a recognised professional clinical training or relevant undergraduate degree. Non-standard applications will be considered where applicants can demonstrate the required academic ability alongside existing knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, relevant to this programme. Please contact the Programme Director if you would like to explore whether your prior learning, experience and skills would be acceptable. Candidates will need to undertake an interview and confirmation of appropriate registration to practice (eg Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration) and evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Candidates must also be able to fulfil the BABCP accreditation standards for cognitive behaviour therapists following training and continued supervised practice. Candidates should therefore meet the following criteria:

  • Have a relevant professional training to degree level or equivalent (clinical psychology, educational psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, counselling, health visiting, medicine, teaching) whose current professional practice involves working with individuals, families and/or couples;
  • In most cases applicants will have to already possess an undergraduate qualification and a professional qualification relevant to their profession;
  • In exceptional circumstances, unqualified candidates, through an APEL procedure, who can demonstrate the equivalent of such can be considered.  

Specific admission criteria that should be met by applicants include the following:

  • Successful completion of a  foundation level course or equivalent in CBT;
  • Regular and ongoing participation in clinical work involving the practice of a cognitive behaviour therapy.

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

On successful completion of the PGDip element of this programme you may be able to submit your practice portfolio and other assignments towards accreditation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), subject to additional requirements as necessary. The MSc component is not accredited.

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

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17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

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18. Final Award

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

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

12/11/2014

Date of last revision

18/11/2014