Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Level 1)

University of Southampton · Psychology

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Entry requirements

The usual academic entrance requirement is a first degree in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university, of 2:1 standard or above. If you have a non-degree nursing qualification, this must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma. Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these entrance requirements may sometimes be individually assessed and considered for admission on a discretionary basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers students the opportunity to develop their CBT skills and knowledge to the level of a competent CBT practitioner. The modular structure allows students to specialise in the areas in which they are most interested and those that will meet the needs of their clinical practice. This programme is accredited by BABCP at Level 1.

Students are expected to develop a clear understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods. They will gain skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment, and develop sound clinical decision making through a critical appreciation of the theoretical and empirical literature. This is a highly flexible programme with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.

Programme Overview:

  • To provide students with a clear understanding of cognitive-behavioural concepts, models and methods
  • To develop students’ critical appreciation of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, on which sound clinical decision making can be based
  • To enable students to develop skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment based on current cognitive behavioural models.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 5108