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PGDip High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Postgraduate - Taught PGDip

Open for admission in 2022/23

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in March

Full time
PGDip 1 Year

About the course

For any enquiries about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses please contact Program Director Gavin Lawton -

Post Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training

This 120 credit Post Graduate Diploma will be completed over one academic year and consists of three modules. These are The Fundamentals of CBT, CBT for Depression and CBT for Anxiety. The course is designed to support trainees in developing their levels of CBT competency and to be able to work with clients who experience common mental health problems. The training will enable students to be able to deliver CBT treatments at Step 3 of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Stepped care approach.

This course runs annually and starts in March. The course will start with a two week intensive teaching block and teaching days with the university will be Wednesday and Thursday thereafter. It is anticipated that the entirety of this course will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams. Teaching will take place on Wednesday full day and Thursday half day with supervision groups taking place on Thursday afternoon.

The recruitment for this course is completed in partnership with IAPT services. The application process will be managed by the IAPT service who will be advertising a Hight Intensity Trainee position. The university will then co-facilitate interviews with the employing service. Applicants should have a related healthcare degree with a minimum 2:2 award. Applicants should also either have a core healthcare profession or be able to demonstrate the successful completion of a Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Portfolio. Guidance around core professions and KSA requirements can be found here.

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Please note that access to this programme is following the successful recruitment to a Trainee High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within the local IAPT service. Vacancies will typically be advertised on NHS Jobs.

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What you'll study

Postgraduate Diploma modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • The Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    ​During this module you will be introduced to the foundations of cognitive behaviour therapy. This will include an introduction to basic CBT theory as well as some of the therapy skills and techniques.​

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

    Develop an extended and critical understanding of the theoretical and research knowledge of CBT with depression and extend your practical competency in assessment, formulation and treatment skills for depression.

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

    In this module, you'll develop an extended and critical understanding of the theoretical and research knowledge of CBT with anxiety disorders, extend practical competency in assessment, formulation and treatment skills for anxiety disorders.

To allow a more flexible approach to training many people choose to take their supervised practice modules after other parts of the course have been completed. This extends their training period beyond 2 years but is conducted entirely in their service context.

Teaching takes place one day per week (Weds/Thurs) from the University of Hull. Teaching days run from 9.15am-4.30pm. Each taught module runs over 10 - 12 weeks.

Methods of Evaluation

Assessment will take place throughout the course leading to production of an accreditation portfolio for those completing supervised practice modules. Assessment will include direct rating of clinical skills in all modules and a combination of essays, exams, case reports and reflective writing.

How to apply

Access to this programme is following the successful recruitment to a Trainee High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within the local IAPT service. Vacancies will typically be advertised on NHS Jobs.

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Our teaching staff

"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies
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Fees and funding

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Tuition fees are funded by Health Education England for those individuals who have successfully been recruited into a trainee High Intensity CBT role within their local IAPT service.

Please see the terms and conditions for International fees 2022/23

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

Those enrolling on the course should be members of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), other professional body or satisfy the BABCP KSA requirements. All candidates who apply to the course from September 2018 onwards will be expected to enrol as members of the BABCP and so endorse the ethical and professional codes of practice of the organisation. This is a new requirement to enable the course to comply with new BABCP course accreditation guidelines. 

Study is at academic level 7 so students will usually be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent academic study in a discipline connected to mental health and further vocational mental health experience. Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or those who have not completed an honours degree will be considered on an individual. The applications of students without a core professional training in mental health will be evaluated using the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Framework

In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria (excluding Social Work).

International students

Language requirements

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

If your English currently does not reach the required standard, you may be interested in our pre-sessional English Language programmes.

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Future prospects

This course aims to train NHS and other clinicians in evidence-based therapy, to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice, and to provide CBT to clients within the improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service.