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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip

Our PGDip produces psychological therapists competent in the practice of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

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Start date(s):

On campus Open Day for PG Diploma in CBT. Friday 1 March, 15:00 - 16:30 (GMT)

Important application information

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will have an October 2024 Entry

Closing date for applications: Friday 14 June 2024
Interviews: Weeks commencing Monday 8 July 2024 and Monday 15 July 2024

This course is still subject to full university approval. For those interested in applying for the October 2024 entry please contact and we will let you know when more in-depth programme information and How to Apply information becomes available.


CBT helps patients affected by psychological disorders. It focuses on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

The course offers CBT practitioner-level training for healthcare professionals who have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training. Prospective students will have some supervised experience of providing CBT.

The course enables you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders. You'll become a skilled practitioner in this therapeutic approach. The focus is on treating patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders such as:

  • social phobia
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT. We do not cover guided self-help, psycho-education, or lower-intensity anxiety management.

We work with a student-centered learning approach to developing as a CBT therapist. You'll conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients in their host services. These patients will have moderate-severe anxiety symptoms appropriate for high-intensity psychological therapy.

The diploma explores the psychological treatment of major depression and specialist CBT applications. You'll work with depressed patients, more likely to have complex and recurrent difficulties. You'll cover a broad range of disorders and complex conditions.

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What you'll learn

Throughout the course, you'll develop advanced skills, including:

  • practical, intensive and detailed training to help the development of competent CBT skills
  • the necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded and informed CBT practitioner

a critical approach to the subject, through engagement with relevant theory and evidence

Assessment methods

Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Case study
  • Essay
  • Professional skills assessments
  • Reflective log


The School of Psychology is based on the University campus in the Dame Margaret Barbour Building.

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Christine Blincoe
Programme Director
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3915


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