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Cognitive Behavioural Therapies PG Dip

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Applications for 2020 intake are now closed.

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

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.

Applications are open from 09:00 Tuesday 26th May - 23:59 Sunday 14th June for our October 2020 intake.

 Please read these instructions before applying

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 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 leaders

Sheena Liness

Suzanne Byrne 

Further details

Course contact for further information

Charlotte Wilson, Programme Administrator

Email: ioppn.cbtcourse@kcl.ac.uk

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Department 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 of CBT: Engagement, Assessment, Formulation & Supervised Practice Module 
Lectures (120 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (90 hours)

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

Anxiety Module
Lectures (120 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (90 hours)

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

Depression Module
Lectures (120 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (90 hours)

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

Accreditation Portfolio
Lectures (120 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (75 hours) | Self-study time (90 hours)

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

Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks. Project work 50 hours per module. Self-study time
40 hours per module.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Entry requirements
Minimum 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)
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Additional Requirements   Access to suitable CBT training cases, i.e. straightforward depression and anxiety, is essential

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.


Application procedure

 Please read these instructions before applying

Please note that application information about the IAPT PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies can be found on the course website

Personal statement and supporting information

 You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

CBT checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). Please include your site preferences in the first sentence of your personal statement.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Three references are required; two from employment and one academic. Professional references only will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
 Other Yes Please include a full CV as part of your application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Applications for the 2020 intake will open 09:00 Tuesday 26th May and will close of 23.59 Sunday 14th June (UK BST).

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.

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Fees and funding

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

This is a one year training contract funded by HEE 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.

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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.


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