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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Cognitive Psychology Behavioural Psychology Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary


This programme offers training for mental health professionals who wish to use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in their practice.

CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. Our course is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as:

  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Doctors
  • Psychologists

You will explore good psychotherapeutic practice and focus on specific CBT concepts and skills including learning about the roles of safety and avoidance behaviours. You will also focus on using CBT with anxiety and depression and explore ending therapy and relapse prevention strategies.

You will be introduced to diagnostic specific models for PTSD, social phobia, OCD, eating disorders and health anxiety and develop your skills to diagnose and treat these disorders.

You will also look at the difficulties and complexities encountered in working with more severe and complex conditions and develop your confidence as a CBT practitioner. As well as this you’ll develop a firm foundation of the role of scientist-practitioner, instilling principles of healthy and ethical practice.

Course Highlights

The Postgraduate Diploma is a Level 2 accredited course with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Career prospects are excellent in CBT therapy with a current high demand for these unique skills.

Throughout your studies you will attend several skills workshops to improve on your knowledge, attitudes, and clinical competencies to allow you to become a competent and safe practitioner.

Career Prospects

Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating course of study that will equip you with the capacity and capability to provide high quality CBT either within your existing role or to use these skills to further your career.


This module looks at the CTS-r skills mapping their use to working with anxiety and depression. It then goes on to explore common difficulties and how to overcome these. finally the module considers ending therapy and relapse prevention strategies. It also develops from the work of modules 1 and 2 by adding outcome measurements.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£1,360 Cost per 20-credit module of study.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

£3,035 Cost per 20-credit module of study.

Entry requirements

You will require an ordinary bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (or equivalent overseas degree). If you do not possess a degree, you may still be considered if you possess professional qualification and extensive, relevant experience. You will also normally be registered with a professional body and have acquired two years post-qualification experience working with people experiencing mental health issues.