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Faculty of Health Sciences

Bsc/PG Dip Mental health Wellbeing Practitioner: Specialist Adult Mental Health

Postgraduate - Taught PGCert/PGDip

Open for admission in 2022/23

Open for admission in 2023/24

Start in September

Part time
PGCert/PGDip 2 years

About the course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular method of psychological therapy used to treat mental and physical health problems. This course is designed for mental health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, counsellors, doctors and social workers to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice. Studying this course will enable you to provide CBT to clients with common or more serious mental health problems.

In 2022 we are offering one pathway within the Serious Mental health Problem programme.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder (part-time 120 credits at level 7)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder (top up) (route for students taking 60 academic credits at level 7).

Information about psychological intervention competence frameworks and identified serious mental illness conditions treated in secondary care services can be found on the UCL website.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of a range of disorders. These include common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and also more complex problems such as post traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and also personality disorders.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a collaborative therapy which aims to guide the client through a process whereby a shared understanding of the problem is developed by looking at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Treatment interventions are based on the latest evidence based practice and aim to support the client in making changes that will help them move towards recovery.

Since 2009 The University of Hull has been delivering high quality Cognitive behavioural Therapy programmes. The CBT for Secondary Care problems has evolved to meet the requirements of the CBT for Serious Mental Health Problem National Curriculum. The University are currently offering the CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder aspects of this curriculum. Since 2021 The University have also been delivering the High Intensity Cognitive behavioural Therapy programme which is aimed at trainee therapists who are working in Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services. In 2022 The University will be offering places for March and September intakes for the Mental health Wellbeing Practitioner programme.

All members of our course team are BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists. They bring a wealth of clinical and educational experience to the delivery of the programme. We offer a blended teaching approach that makes use of the excellent online facilities to provide a positive educational experience.

Please note that places on all of our programmes are allocated by Health Education England in partnership with NHS services. We do not accept any applications which are not part of the process.

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy courses

  • PG Cert/PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Serious Mental Health Problems

  • PG Dip High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training
  • Bsc/PG Dip Mental health Wellbeing Practitioner: Specialist Adult Mental Health

 

What you'll study

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.

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

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 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 “low intensity” treatment skills for anxiety disorders and gain a strong foundation in the evidence base for working with anxiety disorders in a Severe Mental Health population.

  • 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 “low intensity” treatment skills for depression. You'll gain a strong foundation in the evidence base for working with depression in a Severe Mental Health population.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Presentations

    Develop competency in cognitive behaviour therapy for further disorders stipulated by the CBT competency framework for severe mental illness and the local context, gain critical knowledge of the fundamental principles of theory, research and practice with people with psychosis, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders and develop clinical skill competency in the classroom before developing this further with supervised practice.

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder 1

    Gain critical knowledge of the theory, research and practice relevant to
    cognitive behavioural assessment and intervention with people with
    psychosis and bipolar disorder and practical competencies and clinical skills required to deliver CBT with people with bipolar disorder, including individual cognitive behavioural techniques and group based approaches.

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder 2

    Further expand your critical knowledge of the theory, research and practice relevant to
    cognitive behavioural assessment and intervention with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder and practical competencies and clinical skills required to deliver CBT with people with bipolar disorder, including individual cognitive behavioural techniques and group based approaches.


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

Top-up training – CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

Suitable for qualified mental health practitioners with existing CBT training (PG Diploma or equivalent) and experience who wish to specialise further in training for CBT for Psychosis. All applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work academically at masters level (level 7) and should have the full support of their service and manager to attend the training and practice as a CBT therapist post-training. Modules include:

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


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Presentations

    Develop competency in cognitive behaviour therapy for further disorders stipulated by the CBT competency framework for severe mental illness and the local context, gain critical knowledge of the fundamental principles of theory, research and practice with people with psychosis, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders and develop clinical skill competency in the classroom before developing this further with supervised practice.

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder 1

    Gain critical knowledge of the theory, research and practice relevant to
    cognitive behavioural assessment and intervention with people with
    psychosis and bipolar disorder and practical competencies and clinical skills required to deliver CBT with people with bipolar disorder, including individual cognitive behavioural techniques and group based approaches.

  • Cognitive behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder 2

    Further expand your critical knowledge of the theory, research and practice relevant to
    cognitive behavioural assessment and intervention with people with psychosis and bipolar disorder and practical competencies and clinical skills required to deliver CBT with people with bipolar disorder, including individual cognitive behavioural techniques and group based approaches.

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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"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
Timothy Buescher MSP_9389

Fees and funding

Home: Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

Applicants from the local area accessing programmes and individual modules may be eligible for funding via the contract with the Yorkshire and the Humber Local Education and Training Board (YHLETB). There are also opportunities for self funding. Please contact the Faculty Admissions Office for further information.

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

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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

Find out more

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

Students will be expected to be working for a service with NHS funding which provides mental health care.  Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that they will be able to use their skills to benefit people with serious mental illness.

Students will be expected to have obtained agreement for service release to complete their studies, and should have access to a potential CBT caseload within a clinical setting. During supervised practice modules, students will be required to access in-service CBT supervision from an accredited CBT therapist and clinical cases suitable for CBT. During the course of the supervision modules it is essential that students obtain support and agreement from their service for the regular video-recording of clinical sessions.


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.

International students

Application deadline
  • 15 August 2022

Your deposit should be paid by 25 August, you should accept any offer by 29 August and your CAS must be issued by 5 September.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about entry requirements.

Future prospects

This course aims to train NHS and other clinicians in evidence-based therapy, to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice, to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions within secondary mental health and other care services. 

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