Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Trauma)

This multidisciplinary programme is designed to provide training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to a minimum standard required by the CBT professional body (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)), enabling students to apply for professional accreditation as competent CBT practitioners trained in evidence-based psychotherapy.

Entry requirements

All applicants will be interviewed and should have a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum mark 57 per cent) or above in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification(s) acceptable to the university, and have at least 2 years' clinical/practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting where applicants have worked with mood and anxiety disorders; provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies, preferably CBT; be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within a suitable organisation providing therapeutic or counselling services, and; be in a role for the duration of the programme to access a suitable client group for practice and supervision purposes. Applicants from a non-core profession, such as counsellors, will be expected to provide a portfolio of evidence and references to demonstrate suitable core knowledge, skills and attitudes in line with KSA guidelines produced by BABCP. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

Course modules

Modules include: Application of CBT to depression and specific anxiety disorders; CBT for anxiety disorders; core concepts and skills of CBT and CBT for depression; other complex and specific disorders.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Written assignments; case studies; therapy sessions recorded on videotape or DVD (rated using the cognitive therapy rating scale).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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