Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Practice

Waterford Institute of Technology

M.Sc. Blended
18 months
5500 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The M.S. in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Practice at Waterford Institute of Technology arises from a requirement for health and social care professionals to provide effective evidenced based interventions for a range of health and social problems.


The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Practice program offered by Waterford Institute of Technology  is of particular interest to those working in health related fields including mental health nursing, social care, addiction services and voluntary organisations.

CBT is widely utilised for a range of psychological problems. Cognitive and behavioural treatments are among the most extensively evaluated of psychosocial interventions for problem alcohol and drug use. They have an impressive evidence base with  many studies placing them at the very pinnacle of efficacious interventions.

Motivational interviewing (MI) grew out of the substance abuse and addiction treatment fields in the 1980s and continues to be widely used approach in this area. In the past 25 years, Motivational Interviewing has been adapted to the medical and social service fields and has now proven to be a significant tool for facilitating positive behaviour change in people with a range of addictions and others seeking to make positive changes in their lives. 


The central aim of the program is to foster and develop both the conceptual and practical skills needed to contribute, succeed and lead in the area of therapeutic practice. Many of the candidates for this program will be already working in a variety of settings in which people problems are a key issue.

This course will afford participants to develop personally and professionally in the specific area of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and provide a springboard for career advancement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Developing CBT Skills
  • Advancing CBT skills for Practice
  • Personal Development for Health and Wellbeing
  • Advancing Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • Developing Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • Quantitative Research for Practice
  • Undertaking Advanced Assessment in Practice
  • Qualitative Research for Practice
  • Consolidating CBT and MI Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines







Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold a minimum of an NFQ Level 8 Honours (2.2) degree in one of the following areas Nursing, Health, Medicine, Social Care or a cognate discipline. 
  • Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying criteria, but have relevant work experience may be considered for admission to the program under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview. 
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. 
  • Students on the program will require a mentor from within their multidisciplinary team who will act as a support person for the work-based learning elements of the program

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 EUR per year and a duration of 18 months.

€3,000 for second year


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