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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT)

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Behavioural Psychology Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This Postgraduate Diploma CBT for Anxiety and Depression is a year-long training programme in evidence based CBT for mild to moderate anxiety and mild to severe depression. The programme is run in line with national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) guidelines and is open to High Intensity IAPT trainees and others wishing to develop specialist skills in these areas. This programme offers students the opportunity to develop their CBT skills and knowledge to the level of a competent CBT practitioner. All the listed modules are core to this programme and must be taken over one year. While a University Diploma requires 120 CATS points, the IAPT Diploma requires more in order to comply with IAPT curriculum and BABCP Level II accreditation. Recruitment for this programme is jointly undertaken with partner IAPT services.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Postgraduate Diploma CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of Postgraduate Diploma CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT).


To provide students with a clear understanding of cognitive-behavioural concepts, models and methods
To develop students’ critical appreciation of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, on which sound clinical decision making can be based
To enable students to develop skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment based on empirically validated models.

The diploma is level II accredited by the BABCP. Successful completion of the course provides students with the academic and clinical requirements needed to apply for personal accreditation. Students apply to BABCP independently of the programme.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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 depression.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Academic: The usual academic entrance requirement is a first degree in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university, of 2:1 standard or above. If you have a non-degree nursing qualification, this must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma. Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these entrance requirements may sometimes be individually assessed and considered for admission on a discretionary basis.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more