Taught course

EMDR Therapy

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

All students undertaking the course must already be licensed mental health professionals, engaged in clinical practice and actively working with psychological trauma populations. The University of Worcester require applicants to have a second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or an equivalent relevant professional qualification in line with the eligibility criteria for EMDR training in the UK (Approved EMDR UK Board 10 July 2020).

Please see the University website for full details.

Months of entry


Course content

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), psychological trauma and other mental health conditions.

At Worcester our unique, ground-breaking course has been developed by world renowned expert in EMDR Therapy, president of Trauma Aid Europe and past president of EMDR UK & Ireland, Dr Derek Farrell MBE. It has been designed to enable mental health practitioners and professionals to further develop their understanding of psychological trauma and EMDR.

The PGCert EMDR therapy is the only postgraduate qualification in this empirically supported psychological treatment for trauma that is targeted towards licensed mental health professionals. At Worcester we have international expertise in teaching and learning, research and development in this field of EMDR therapy.

Studying a postgraduate course in the School of Psychology, you will join a friendly, community of learners who enjoy a high-quality teaching and learning experience - the University of Worcester is ranked 6th out of 68 institutions for postgraduate study (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, Advance HE).

Here at Worcester, we've designed the PG Cert EMDR curriculum around your busy lifestyle and clinical practice. We will support you in developing the skills that will enable you to understand and use EMDR through reflective teaching and practice.

Key features

  • Validated by EMDR Europe and contains full EMDR Europe Training.
  • Students will develop key skills, knowledge and clinical application in EMDR therapy underpinned by integration between theory and practice, supported by evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.
  • Learning and teaching based on real world examples of international humanitarian training and research projects.
  • Research inspired teaching based on comprehensive overview of contemporary research evidence.
  • Teaching delivered by current clinical practitioners.

Course content

This PGCert EMDR provides a 60-credit academic qualification covering the EMDR Europe accreditation requirements as a comprehensive psychological treatment model.

Blended learning will be utilised, including the use of the UW virtual learning environment.

You are taught through a combination of on-campus sessions and self-directed study tasks. The on-campus sessions would be delivered via a supportive learning environment with 4 four- day blocks (2 blocks in semester 1 and 2 blocks in semester 2). Dates would be advertised at least one month prior to registration to allow applicants to plan study alongside working commitments. The on-campus days involve engaging with different learning activities, such as lectures, practical tasks (individual and/or group), discussion and reflection.

In addition, meetings with your allocated personal academic tutor and your research supervisor are scheduled when required. These can be either on campus or utilise technologies such as MS Teams or Skype.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01905 855111