Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This course is designed to provide a postgraduate diploma level education in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); students arrange their own cognitive behavioural therapy practice via placements or paid work positions and this is combined with a taught programme of modules; the course offers a rigorous training on personal, professional and academic levels, which requires students to combine personal development with explicit use of cognitive behavioural theory as a basis for reflective clinical practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have the following: an undergraduate degree from a UK institution (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject area, such as psychology, counselling, or mental health; professional diplomas (e.g. registered mental health nursing, social work, OT, counselling, probation services, special education teaching, art therapy) will be considered; experience of working therapeutically with clients on a 1 to 1 basis; meet the standard university levels of proficiency for English language. Disclosure of criminal background: the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. Occasionally applicants are eligible for entry under an accredited prior learning scheme. We review these applications on an individual basis.

Course modules

All modules on the course are compulsory and include: Introduction to CBT; fundamentals of CBT; CBT for specific problems; CBT skills; CBT for complex problems and CBT (3rd wave approaches); the Master's research programme is conducted across all years; this includes training in qualitative and quantitative research methods through a 1st year module.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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