Taught course

Psychological Therapy

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Students entering at the start of the course should possess (i) and (ii) with either (iii) or (iv), plus (v): (i) a core profession qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of being able to complete the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements, and (ii) foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and some experience of providing structured psychological therapies or interventions, and either (iii) a first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, or (iv) the ability to study successfully at postgraduate level, demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence of previous written work produced in a training or work context, plus (v) ready access to suitable clients: clients with common mental-health (CMH) presentation of anxiety and depression for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CMH problem pathway, clients with CMH presentations and clients with complex difficulties for our CBT and Complex Difficulties pathway, and clients with CMH presentations and children and young people (CYP) for our CYP pathway. Note that clinical placements may be available with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to complete the practice element. In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview

Months of entry


Course content

This Diploma offers modular professional training, providing successful graduates with all the requirements to apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

The course includes flexible options. Every other week you attend two or three full days of teaching at the University and you may wish to stay in Brighton & Hove during these teaching days. Some supervision will be delivered by telephone or Skype and does not require you to be at the University.

The course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together a top-rated academic institution with a world-leading research profile in applied psychology and an NHS Trust that is a Teaching Trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

We offer two pathways through this course:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with more severe, enduring and complex presentations of mental-health problems, in either out-patient or in-patient services
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with children and young people, in either out-patient or in-patient services.

After successful completion of the PGDip, you may wish to complete an additional Masters component. The Masters qualification equips you with the skills to undertake practice-based research of relevance to cognitive behavioural therapy.


Our taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, clinical activity reports, clinical commentary, and a portfolio.

Applications deadline

Note that the deadline for applying is 31 May 2016.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

This course runs as a sequential modularised structure with blocks of diagnostically led teaching days coupled with skills workshops.

Subjects covered include the fundamentals of cognitive behavioural therapy, anxiety difficulties, depression, psychosis and personality difficulties. The course has a clinical basis and requires relevant ongoing supervised cognitive behavioural therapy practice.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
clinical activity reports, clinical commentary60

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 876638