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What will I learn?

The Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy offers clinical practice and research opportunities in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based therapies for high prevalence psychological disorders. Individuals will complete extensive supervised practicums that offer structured and integrated learning opportunities for advanced skills development. The course aims to provide individuals from diverse health related areas with a comprehensive and innovative learning environment that consolidates expertise in the area of CBT within a competency-based framework.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will have met advanced competencies in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and be able to:

  • Conduct comprehensive assessments and treatment plans with people with high prevalence psychological and related disorders using an evidence-based CBT framework.
  • Integrate valid and reliable clinical tools and measures to guide and inform assessment and treatment interventions with people experiencing psychological disorders.
  • Contribute meaningfully to an evolving and changing model of health care both nationally and internationally.
  • Combine and deliver a range of evidence-based focused psychological strategies through
  • supervised, collaborative, client-directed models of care.
  • Contribute and apply transdisciplinary research skills in mental health, cognitive behaviour therapy and related fields.
  • Practice as a proficient and competent Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Your career

Graduates of this program are competent and equipped to contribute to improving mental health service delivery because of their specialised knowledge and clinical competencies in CBT. Graduates can work in both private and public health care organisations and are trained to work in a range of primary mental health care roles. Graduates who are already in health professional roles are well-placed to embark on leadership positions clinically, academically and through research opportunities.

Potential occupations include:

  • mental health clinician*
  • cognitive behaviour therapist*
  • low intensity coach/clinician*
  • accredited mental health social worker (with an undergraduate social work degree)*
  • roles in higher education, training and development.

* Applicable to graduates of the graduate diploma and masters.

Potential employers include:

  • public and private health organisations
  • education providers
  • the non-government and community sectors
  • private practice/self-employment.

Which department am I in?

College of Medicine and Public Health



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (20,07,495) per year
Start date

28 February 2022


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,500.00 (20,07,495) per year
Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

Applicants for the masters must normally hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health-related area - eg behavioural science, counselling, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology or social work.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall with 7.0 Speaking, 7.0 Writing, 7.0 Reading, 7.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 96 Overall with 24 Speaking, 24 Writing, 24 Reading, 24 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 65 Overall with 65 Speaking, 65 Writing, 65 Reading, 65 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.