24 months
8755 GBP/year
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This Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course at Queen's University Belfast is written to the requirements of the lead organisation in the UK which sets the competency standards for Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. 

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Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health disorders experienced by all ages. Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBP) is currently the key recommended psychological treatment for these and other mental health conditions. It is essential that practitioners are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver CBP competently. 

The Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course at Queen's University Belfast  is jointly offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. It is a rationalisation of two separate postgraduate diplomas in CBP/CBT which were previously offered by the two Schools. The programme meets the minimum training requirements for accreditation as a CBP therapist by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Career Prospects 

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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Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Concepts & Skills of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders
  • Training Supervision of the application of CBP Models and Skills for Depression and Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Complex Disorders
  • Training and supervision for the application of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy for Complex Disorders
  • Evidence Based Practice (optional)
  • Self-Practice / Self-Reflection in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants will be interviewed for the PG Diploma by Programme Directors from both the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and should:

  • Hold a Lower Second Class Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a cognate area or equivalent professional qualification[s);
  • Have at least two 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    8755 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8755 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) - £8755
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) - £8755
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) - 8755

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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