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Description

Programme Specification for the 2020/1 academic year

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research Programme codePTS2PSYPSY16
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2020/1
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 your PGDip  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.

The MSc will follow successful completion of a PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice 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.

You will be able to graduate with a specific adjourned pathway (modality) in your award title according to the PGDip programmes we offer at University of Exeter. The pathway name you graduate with will be dictated by the subject matter of your research project. The list of pathways on offer is:

  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Children, Young People and Families)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mental Health Practice in Education Settings)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Severe Mental Health Problems: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Severe Mental Health Problems: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Personality Disorder)
  • MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Systemic Family Therapy)

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 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  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). 

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.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory and non-condonable modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYCM101 Psychological Therapies Research and Evaluation 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. 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. 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).

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.

See above

See above

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.

See above

See above

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.

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

WithinPsychology there is a well-equipped suite of PCs dedicated for postgraduate use, with further support provided by a dedicated IT and statistics helpdesk.

A range of services is available to support your study both from within Psychology. These include:

  • Team development programme.
  • Personal and professional development planning.
  • Student handbooks and programme guides.
  • Range of specialist advisors, including for: women students, non-school leavers, and overseas students.
  • Computing and Statistics Help Desk.
  • Virtual Resource Room and other web-based learning materials.
  • Clinically focused seminars, the ‘Think Tank’, provided by the Mood Disorders Centre.

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

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.

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

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

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

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

25/11/2020

Date of last revision

17/03/2021