The Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Practice programme provides you with the theory and practical skills to become a qualified and competent CBT practitioner after you accrue the required contact, clinical, and supervision hours at the end of the PgDip.

The course is unique in using positive psychology principles and practice. It is an experiential course and will train you to facilitate resilience, flourishing and positive development both for yourself and your clients.

You'll have an opportunity to take part in a question-and-answer session in person with Dr. Christine Padesky, and one to two online group sessions where you'll be able to discuss some client issues common to the whole group. This is a unique opportunity to learn from a master clinician.

The programme consists of 6 modules of 20 credits each (a total of 120 credits). The first 3 modules are the modules of the PgCert. These 6 modules will enable you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

After successful completion of the PgDip you'll be able to progress to the MSc Advanced CBT Practice (Resilience and Positive Development) should you wish to develop your research skills.

The PgDip runs over two years part-time. You'll attend university for 20 days per year, on a Thursday.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time 2 years January Southwark Campus


Year 1

  • Module 1: Fundamentals of CBT
  • Module 2: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of anxiety
  • Module 3: Advanced CBT protocols for the assessment and treatment of depression, suicidality, and low self-esteem

Year 2

  • Module 4: Classic and metacognitive approaches for the treatment of complex presentations
  • Module 5: Introduction to positive psychology
  • Module 6: CBT interventions for the development of resilience and flourishing
  • All modules are assessed by a mix of case studies, audio tapes, and self-reflective essays.


At the end of the PgDip, you will be eligible to apply independently for BABCP accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. You'll be able to practice in the NHS and in private practice.

This course will train you to develop resilience, flourishing and positive development both for yourself and your clients. This perspective is unique, and there will be high demand for graduates who are able to offer this approach.

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  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
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Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


You'll need to have secured a client base where you'll see depressed and anxious patients and some patients with complex presentations during the course. This can be within the NHS or within private practice. You'll need approximately 2 completed cases per module. In total, you'll need 200 clinical hours of face to face contact with clients. You'll also need to organize a BABCP accredited field supervisor for one individual supervision session, equivalent to one hour, per month. As well as this throughout the course some clinical supervision will be provided by BABCP accredited supervisors at the University.

Entry requirements

  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or a health-related subject, and a professional qualification such as a nurse, counseling psychologist, clinical psychologist, occupational therapist, doctor, or social worker. or
  • A UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or health-related subject plus some experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment (part-time equivalent). Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months via face-to-face or telephone contact. You'll need to detail this experience in your application and demonstrate it at interview.

We welcome international students who have the equivalent of a UK first degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or related field and substantial experience of working with people suffering from depression and anxiety. Substantial experience consists of voluntary work or paid employment. Students should have been assessing or treating patients for not less than 6 months in total via face-to-face or telephone contact. You will be asked to write a statement on your application form, detailing your experience. At the interview, you will be required to bring evidence of your experience in a portfolio of Knowledge, Skills, and Applications. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.


In addition to the above, you'll need to have regular access to adult clients/ patients who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety and be able to evidence your source of clients during the admissions process. To complete the course you'll have treated a minimum of 4-6 clients/patients from assessment to the end of therapy.


You'll need a BABCP accredited supervisor who can supervise your practice on a monthly basis. You'll need to find and engage this person yourself, and be able to show us evidence for this. The BABCP register is a source of BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists who might be willing to play this role for you for a fee. The University will also provide some clinical supervision for you. Together these supervision hours will contribute to your supervision log in case you wish to pursue the path to BABCP accreditation. You'll need a total of 20 hours of supervision to pass the PgDip.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
4,167 GBP
Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £4166.67; International fee: £6250.
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