Taught course

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Counselling for Depression

UCL - University College London · Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold at least a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. However, other academic qualifications of an equivalent standard, including professional mental health and counselling qualifications, and substantial work experience and achievements at work demonstrating ability to study successfully at a postgraduate level can be taken into account.

In addition, applicants for this programme are required to have: a diploma in counselling and two years post-graduation counselling practice experience; evidence of basic knowledge of CBT; interest in and enthusiasm for providing both CfD and CBT; evidence of commitment to working in an IAPT service placement for two years.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This diploma programme provides training in both cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). Students on this programme will have placements in NHS funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services.

UCL is among the principal research and training centres in the UK for mental health and psychological therapies. The Counselling for Depression module is taught by staff from the Metanoia Institute, one of the largest dedicated psychotherapy and counselling training centres in the UK, which developed the CfD national curriculum in collaboration with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). UCL has close links with all IAPT services in London and many IAPT services outside London, with frequent liaison around provision and delivery of clinical placements and supervision, which is so central to training in counselling and psychological therapies.

Part-time: 2 years;

Fees and funding

UK/EU Part-time: GBP4,805; Overseas Part-time: GBP11,800;

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, skills practice, clinical supervision groups, directed reading and e-learning. In addition to time at UCL, students spend at least a further two days a week in an IAPT service seeing people with common mental health problems in CfD and CBT under supervision. Assessment is through coursework, case reports, audio and video recordings of students\' clinical practice and the presentation of a clinical portfolio.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214