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Cognitive Behavioural Therapies PG Dip

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Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) course provides practical, intensive and detailed training to equip you with the necessary skills to become an independent CBT practitioner in accordance with the BABCP guidelines. You will work in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and train in evidence-based CBT for adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Key benefits

  • Teaching from experts at the cutting edge of CBT development.
  • Latest developments in CBT.
  • 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 Open

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 Applications open from Monday 25 April – Monday 9 May 2016, Please refer to the Application Guidance on the course website at

Course leaders Sheena Liness

Further details

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

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentDepartment of Psychology



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Course detail


The aim of our course is to deliver practical, intensive and detailed training that will develop your skills and competence in CBT. We will help you to become skilled and creative independent CBT practitioners in accordance with BABCP guidelines. You will also develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

Through lectures and workshops, you will learn from internationally known figures involved in developing and evaluating cutting-edge cognitive behavioural treatments. Our multi-disciplinary teaching team are all actively involved in CBT practice and research developments in the Institute and in the various clinical units of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

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

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: NHS Contract
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: NHS Contract
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

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

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible for registration as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

Career destinations

Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible for registration as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.


Next steps

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