Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is recognised internationally as an effective psychological treatment for many emotional and mental disorders. The UK NICE guidelines recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a number of conditions including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In Northern Ireland the DHSSPS Psychological Therapies Strategy has endorsed the principle of stepped care for mental health services and recognised the need for more evidence-based psychological interventions such Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at step care level 3 and above.
This Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides theoretical and skills training to meet the minimum training required by British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for accreditation to practice as a CBT therapist.
Please note that this course in not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy highlights
- The Postgraduate Diploma has been accredited by the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy professional body, The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to Level 2 (meeting BABCP minimum training standards criteria for individual therapist accreditation on successful completion of the course). The programme is also accredited for social workers at the specialist award level.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The teaching team is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of accredited skilled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy staff currently involved in clinical practice and research.
“CBT has a strong evidence base for treating a wide range of mental health problems and this course is designed to train students in understanding the theory, knowledge and skills required to implement contemporary disorder specific CBT models effectively.”
Dr Joanne Younge, Programme Director
Course Details The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) consists of 4 x 30 credit modules, which are linked to the BABCP Minimum Training Standards for therapist accreditation (Level 2) and the Specialist Level award for social workers.
Application of CBT Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety
Core Concepts and Skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Depression)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Other Specific and Complex Disorders
In Year 1, the Application of CBT Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety module is the supervision module that runs in parallel with the first two modules, CBT for Depression and CBT for Anxiety Disorders. CBT for other Specific and Complex Orders in Semester 1 of Year 2 incorporates both teaching and supervision.
People teaching you
Dr Michael Duffy's main area of research interest has been mental health linked to trauma and conflict and the development of evidence based psychological interventions, in particular cognitive therapy for conflict related PTSD.
Small group supervision is provided in the morning followed by workshop teaching for the remainder of the day.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services are an expanding area of mental health services due to an increasing demand for evidence-based psychological therapies. The award of the PG Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will enable students to apply for professional employment as fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists.
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Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:
The four PG Diploma modules are provided one day per week (2 per semester). Small group supervision is provided in the morning followed by workshop teaching for the remainder of the day.
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Essays, case studies, supervision, recorded clinical sessions and a portfolio.
The Graduate School
A 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification(s) and at least two years clinical practice experience in a statutory or independent mental health or related setting. All applicants must:
- Provide evidence of prior basic knowledge of psychological therapies preferably Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and
- Be currently employed in a clinical or practice setting within an 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 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 The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
All eligible applicants will be interviewed.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2019.
Late applications may be considered.
International students will need local placements to access clients for clinical training. Whilst these placements should normally be arranged by the applicants the university will try to negotiate a limited number of placements with local H&SC agencies.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), 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.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £7,710 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £7,710 Other (non-UK) EU £7,710 International N/A
Diploma (PD) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: All tuition fees quoted are for the full course and relate to two years of study.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy costs
Students are required to register for BABCP membership, the student rate costs £25. BABCP accreditation is optional for all students and would normally be applied for at the end of training at the PG Diploma level.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How to Apply
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.
Fees and Funding