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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MSt

University of Oxford

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSt - Master of Studies

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

About the course

This two-year part-time course offers experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds a unique opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Preference will be given to applicants with clinical experience.

The course is offered by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the Department for Continuing Education.

The course offers an opportunity for in-depth learning and aims to foster a community of practitioners with the expertise to deliver high-quality MBCT in clinical and other appropriate healthcare and educational settings, and who will contribute to the development and dissemination of MBCT.

The course is organised in nine three- or four-day teaching blocks (held in Oxford) and three residential training retreats. In addition to the taught component, you will need to set aside six to seven hours per week for private study, personal practice related to MBCT, and completion of written assignments. The teaching is mostly highly interactive and experiential, and weaves together personal practice, theory/research and clinical applications.

The course addresses the theoretical basis of MBCT, including relevant aspects of cognitive and clinical psychology, as well as aspects of Buddhist psychology and philosophy on which MBCT draws. It also provides opportunities for students to develop the practical skills they need in order to translate knowledge and understanding into competent MBCT teaching; that is, students are expected to develop for themselves the understanding and skills they will be teaching to patients.

Students should also be prepared to design and deliver a course of MBCT to an appropriate client group in their own place of work, with supervision from course tutors.


To complete the MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, you will need to.

  • complete two 4,000-word essays, demonstrating the capacity to critically appraise theory, research and clinical literature relevant to MBCT (Year 1)
  • complete a 4,000-word reflective analysis of personal meditation practice as related to cognitive science and Buddhist psychology (Year 2)
  • complete a 4,000-word assignment describing the development, delivery and evaluation of a programme of MBCT suitable for your client group, along with appropriate instructional materials (Year 2). Please note that the programme does not offer placements; students must provide a relevant setting in which to deliver the course project on which the project is written.
  • submit recordings of MBCT classes (Year 2)
  • submit a dissertation of no more than 10,000 words on a topic selected by you (Year 2).

Graduate destinations

Most part-time students commencing this programme are already in employment. The MSt aims to equip practitioners with the expertise to deliver high quality MBCT to patients and other groups, the fluency to critically gauge its theoretical basis and empirical evidence base, and to disseminate and develop the design and practice of MBCT.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,581per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    195 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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