Taught course

Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

University of Exeter · Psychology

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programme is aimed at clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and other professionals with experience of delivering mental health such as nurses and counsellors. It provides intensive skills training in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice.

High intensity therapists assess and treat primary care patients with common mental health problems (principally anxiety and depression) using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the stepped-care approach. The approach works to alleviate symptoms and have a positive impact on social inclusion, employment and productivity. Practitioners will work closely with other agencies to assess and maximise employment opportunities for each client.

The programme prepares you to provide high-intensity CBT within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services. It adheres to the national curriculum published by the Department of Health (2008). The School maintains a firm commitment to evidence-based clinical practice and as such we endeavour to ensure all of our training programmes are firmly embedded within current research.

The programme will have a cognitive-behavioural theoretical base with preference for approaches with the soundest evidence and where cognitive and behavioural techniques are integrated in therapy and fully compliant with High Intensity IAPT curriculum. In addition to providing practical intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skill development to a defined standard of competency, the programme aims to increase your knowledge base of therapy and research in CBT and promotes a critical approach to the subject. It aims to equip you to become a skilled and creative independent High Intensity therapist, in accordance with BABCP guidelines for good practice and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

The programme provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in the following areas; practical competency in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy for common psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety; critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT.

The MSc programme has been developed to enable you extend the PGDip Programme, into a MSc by undertaking a piece of empirical research. The research dissertation will allow you to follow your research interests in a topic related to high intensity CBT or a project related to a service-based development need in this area.

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit: Funding for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 724644