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Cognitive Behavioural Therapies PG Dip



Part of the DoH’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative, the course provides practical, intensive and detailed training to equip students with the skills to become independent CBT practitioners in accordance with BABCP guidelines.

Students will work in IAPT services while training in evidence-based CBT for adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

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Key benefits

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience leads in teaching and research in CBT, teaching from experts at the cutting edge of CBT development.

  • Current PG Dip presents the latest developments in CBT in the longest running UK based CBT course.

  • Multidisciplinary teaching team from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London & Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust clinical units.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year FT, October start

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Programme accreditations This course meets full requirements necessary for BABCP accreditation. Successful completion of this course enables graduates to be eligible for registration as an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with the BABCP.

Course intake Please refer to the Application Guidance on the course website at

Course leaders Sheena Liness

Course contact for further information Kristine Rajamanikam, Programme Administrator Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 0886.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department of Psychology


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

The course is an academic post-graduate course requiring evidence of critical and independent thought. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrable experience in systematic therapies with a commitment to the CBT approach.

Teaching is pitched at a post-graduate level so candidates need to be able to produce academic work to this level relatively independently.

Minimum entry requirements:

A professional mental health qualification (e.g. clinical psychologist, mental health nurse, BACP accredited counsellor) with relevant clinical experience. Clinical Psychologist applications are accepted without post qualifying experience due to the nature of the Clinical Psychology training. 

Those without a core profession who have at least two years’ post-qualification experience and are able to demonstrate they meet the required KSA criteria (please see the IAPT website for further information

Additional Requirements:

Access to suitable CBT training cases, i.e. straightforward depression and anxiety, is essential

Application procedure

Please note that information about the IAPT PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies can be found at

Personal statement and supporting information

Please refer to the Application Guidance on the course website at

Application closing date

Applications open in May 2016. Exact date will be posted when finalised. 


Course detail


Compulsory modules will be taken in the following order:

  1. Fundamentals of CBT: Engagement, assessment and formulation
  2. CBT for Anxiety Disorders: Interventions and supervised practice
  3. CBT for Depression: Intervention and supervised practice
  4. Accreditation: Practice portfolio

This course covers core clinical skills and academic teaching on the models and techniques for treating depression and anxiety disorders. The Fundamentals module gives a thorough grounding in the basic skills of CBT with the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge of essential components. The modules on anxiety and depression consist of seminars by experts such as Professor David Clark and Professor Anke Ehlers in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Dr Stirling Moorey and Professor Steve Hollon on depression.

Course purpose

A one-year full-time course for NHS healthcare professionals employed as IAPT High Intensity Workers leading to a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The IoPPN is recognised as one of the leading centres for research and teaching in CBT. This course will provide training in the core theoretical and practical aspects of cognitive behaviour therapy. The course will provide teaching and supervision on fundamental skills and the specialist application of CBT to depression and anxiety disorders. Course lecturers and workshop leaders will include many of the internationally known figures involved in developing and evaluating cutting edge cognitive behavioural treatments.

Course format and assessment

Teaching two days a week; group supervision; master classes; journal clubs; examined by coursework assignments; clinical reports of case work; audio-recorded therapy sessions.

A breakdown of the modules is as follows:

Fundamentals Module
1 x 5000 word theory focussed essay
1 x recording of an assessment session
1 x Practice Portfolio 1

Anxiety Module
1 x 4000 word case study
1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
1 x Practice Portfolio 2

Depression Module
1 x 4000 word case study
1 x therapy tape & 1000 word reflective analysis
1 x Practice Portfolio 3

Accreditation Portfolio
2 x 2500 Accreditation word case reports
1 x Practice Portfolio 4



Career prospects

This course meets full requirements necessary for BABCP Accreditation. Successful completion of this course enables graduates to be eligible for registration as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.


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Fees and funding

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Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

NHS Contract

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas


This is a one year training contract funded by the Department of Health for UK/EU and EEA applicants only.

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