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Postgraduate Diploma

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Part-time (with Level Two Accreditation from the BABCP)

Two Years
Start Dates:
One day a week
High Wycombe Campus
available on request
Key Contact:
The Enquiries Team
01494 603 171

Is this course suitable for me?

There is an increased need for access to evidence based psychological therapies throughout the UK, and this course would be appropriate for those interested in the treatment of mental health problems and may include psychologists, mental health professionals, occupational therapists, GP’s, nurses, social workers and other suitable graduates. Professionals who are currently qualified in a different therapeutic approach may enrol for the PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

CBT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:

  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • insomnia
  • relationship problems
  • workplace stress
  • self esteem issues
  • substance abuse/misuse
  • anger management
  • physical health problems
  • occupational health issues
  • psychosis

The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence based practice and CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy of choice. It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments. The
model is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.


Course highlights include:

  • the MSc course will equip graduates with the necessary skills to practice as Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • the course provides all the necessary training so that on graduation individuals will have received the training required to fulfil the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Minimum Training Standards


Year One:

  • CBT Theory and Practice: 1
  • CBT Practitioner Skills: 1
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Supervised Practice: 1

Year Two:

  • CBT Advanced Theory and Practice
  • CBT Advanced Practitioner Skills
  • CBT Research Methods
  • Supervised Practice

Clinical practice

It is a pre-requisite of the course that applicants have access to a clinical population to enable them to implement their CBT training into practice.

Entry requirements

You will hold a relevant degree, eg psychology or the equivalent from an allied field. You must also have work experience, typically of at least two years duration, working with patients in a mental health setting

Further opportunities

Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapists may pursue careers within the NHS, the private or commercial sectors. Alternatively, the Masters degree may lead to a PhD programme or a research career.

How to make an application

If you have any further questions or would like to apply for the course please contact admissions on 0800 056 5660 or email

Students funded by the NHS or other employer

If the cost of your course is being funded by your employer, please contact your education lead or manager for guidance as to how they would prefer you to make an application.

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