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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

To provide a high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) for professionals working in mental health.

Special Features

Course Description

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies literature

The PgCert programme offers skills-based training days to introduce participants to the fundamentals of CBT and provide training on CBT with specific disorders.

The PgDip programme further develops participants skills via 14 specialist supervision sessions. Assessment for the PgDip programme includes an assessed therapy tape.

The syllabus for both programmes is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression. The programmes focus on CBT with adults although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

Course Structure

PgCert in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 training days commencing in January.

PgDip in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 specialist supervision sessions commencing in January.

Students develop necessary skills via specialist supervision sessions

Available Modules

Modules for the PgCert programme:

Additional modules for the PgDip programme:

Skills Acquired

Graduates will have gained skills in evaluating evidence, formulation, critical analysis, collaboration, communication, forming effective working relationships, using change methods, evaluation of interventions and reflection. These can be used to provide effective therapy as well as to assist in other work contexts.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the programmes will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which can be used in a number of employment fields.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree, and possess a professional qualification in a health or social care field where they had the opportunity to engage in clinical practice.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass IELTS exams, obtaining a minimum score of IELTS band 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category or the equivalent.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

In the first instance, applicants should apply for the PgCert. Applicants wishing to progress to the PgDip can do so at any time and do not have to begin this programme directly after completing the PgCert

Applicants should give information which demonstrates their enthusiasm and interest in CBT. They should also make clear the opportunities for practicing CBT in their workplace and the level of managerial support they have for undertaking the training.

If applicants are applying via the KSA route we would be grateful if they could make this clear in their personal statement.

Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in January each year and the application deadline is on 1st September before each intake. Candidates will be invited to interview in mid-October.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    PgDip (Post-PgCert) fee: £2,200.00

Next intake: January each year

School Contact

Name: Mark Jones  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0513 



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