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Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip

Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Cognitive Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

  • Study a curriculum designed to meet standards set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and underpinned by core NHS values, to help people use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to understand and manage their own thoughts and feelings in their daily lives.
  • Spend part of your training in clinical placements, to practise your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • Access our state-of-the-art psychology facilities, including a six-room virtual reality suite and two observation laboratories, and use the latest equipment to conduct experiments.
  • Learn from lecturers who are experienced CBT practitioners.
  • Get the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies’ (BABCP) minimum training standards for the practice of CBT, to become eligible to apply for accreditation and work as a high intensity CBT practitioner.

What you will study

You’ll learn how to effectively deliver CBT to help patients improve their emotional and mental wellbeing. We'll challenge you with current issues in therapeutic practice and you’ll benefit from clinical presentations and input from people using CBT services. You'll be exposed to a range of learning experiences, ensuring theory is integrated with practice.

You’ll learn about assessment and formulation for common mental health problems and the CBT framework used to treat these. You’ll explore some of the challenges and dilemmas in working with more complex, chronic or co-morbid presentations of anxiety and depression, and you’ll be introduced to the theory, research and practice of some of the newer third wave approaches to CBT.

You’ll receive expert clinical supervision and learn how to use this effectively within a professional and ethical framework. You'll also be supported to apply CBT to your own experiences as a therapist to enhance your practice. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be a confident and competent therapist, able to provide effective, informed psychological treatment.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.


This module offers the trainees further opportunities to learn about and develop skills in working with complexity and comorbidity present with anxiety disorders and depression to serve the diversity of clients and presentations in IAPT services. Trainees are supported to acquire critical knowledge and develop skills in using CBT for working with Older Adults, long-term health conditions, insomnia and post-natal depression. Further skills will be developed in working with core beliefs and assumptions, worry and rumination, and facilitating CBT based groups. Other co-morbid difficulties that trainees may encounter in IAPT services are also introduced (including eating disorders, addictions, psychosis, and personality disorders) so they are better equipped in assessing these and understanding what evidence-based treatments they can refer clients on to. The workshops will facilitate the critical evaluation of how the theory links to practice. The module will provide the opportunity for trainees to review their learning from previous modules in light of the clinical practice experience they have gained throughout the year. This supports the trainee?s ability in applying CBT with more complex presentations, deriving CBT-driven formulations in cases of co-morbidity.

Tuition fees

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree. You must have a minimum of two years post-qualification mental health experience and a relevant Core Professional Training in applied psychology, psychiatry, nursing, counselling, psychotherapy, occupational therapy or social work, or relevant clinical experience and training demonstrated by a successful KSA portfolio to apply. All offers will be made subject to receiving evidence of health screening and DBS checks provided by your employer. This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage.

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more

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