Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Queen's University Belfast · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed for the PG Diploma by Programme Directors from both the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and should:

• Hold a Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification[s);

• Have at least two years' clinical/practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting where applicants have worked with mood and anxiety disorders;

• Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably CBT;

• Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within a suitable organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and

• Be in a role for the duration of the programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes.

Applicants from a non-core profession, such as counsellors, will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by BABCP.

Months of entry


Course content

Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by all ages. Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBP) is currently the key recommended psychological treatment for these and other mental health conditions. It is essential that practitioners are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver CBP competently. This course is written to the requirements of the lead organisation in the UK which sets the competency standards for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. The teaching at the University is of the highest standard. This course will fundamentally alter the way clinicians work in practice.‌

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is jointly offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. It is a rationalisation of two separate postgraduate diplomas in CBP/CBT which were previously offered by the two Schools. The programme meets the minimum training requirements for accreditation as a CBP therapist by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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