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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (Severe Mental Health) (PGDip)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (Severe Mental Health) (PGDip)

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychotherapy Behavioural Psychology Cognitive Psychology People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Develop your cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) knowledge and skills to the level of a competent CBT practitioner on this postgraduate diploma at the University of Southampton. This part-time course is accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) at level 1 and will count towards your accreditation as an individual practitioner.

On this part-time PGDip you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods.

By studying both theory and research-based evidence, you’ll develop essential skills in:

  • collaborative assessment
  • formulation and treatment
  • critical decision-making

Your choice of modules will allow you to develop specialist skills in line with the needs of your clinical practice.

Typical optional modules will cover severe mental health conditions:

  • CBT for psychosis and bipolar
  • CBT for personality presentations

This is a flexible programme, with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.


This training provides a pathway towards British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation, allowing you to pursue a professional career in CBT.

Careers services at Southampton

We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes
  • CV/resume and interview skills workshops
  • networking events
  • careers fairs attended by top employers
  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities
  • study abroad and summer school opportunities


The aim of this module is to extend your knowledge and understanding of CBT assessment and formulation and to examine CBT change methods in depth as applied to anxiety presentations. You will apply these skills in supervised practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not available to EU and international students.

Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects: psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, If you have a nursing qualification that is not a degree, it must be equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more