Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip

12 months part time


Fees per programme commencing January 2015.

UK and EU: part time £8,995

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The primary aim of the PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is to produce psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of CBT. The programme will focus predominantly, but not exclusively, on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders and will provide practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate the development of competent CBT skills to a defined standard. A critical approach to CBT through engagement with relevant theory, models and evidence will also be promoted.

The one-year programme commences in January of each year and finishes around the end of October or beginning of November.


This new PGDip will be offered jointly by the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) Centre within Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. The PGDip was previously offered by the Newcastle CBT Centre for over 15 years.

The PGDip comprises modules in reflective practice; CBT for anxiety; CBT for depression; and specialist applications. The programme is taught on a part-time basis and the main teaching day is Thursday. There are also short teaching blocks at the beginning and end of the programme.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

You must meet the following criteria for entry to the programme:

(a) have entry qualifications that meet the Minimum Training Standards specified in the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) guidelines for CBT practitioner accreditation in the UK. You should be a graduate with a BABCP-approved basic professional qualification in an appropriate profession (eg psychology, psychiatry, nursing, counselling, occupational therapy, social work, education). You will usually be registered with a professional regulatory body and have undertaken a minimum period of two years' post-qualification training and experience.

(b) be in stable employment and have your employer’s support to (i) attend the teaching programme and (ii) treat appropriate patients using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the training purposes of the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking,  listening and academic writing and 8.0 in academic reading), TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Applications are received between May and August of each year, but later applications may be considered if places are still available. Selection interviews are normally conducted in September and October and applicants are informed of the outcome by letter by the first week of November. Places on the programme are subject to evidence that fees can be met. For an application form please contact the programme administrator (see below)

+Further Information

School Office
School of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7925

 Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Psychology.