Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for people with a wide range of mental health conditions, including people with psychosis. This programme is designed to give mental health professionals without prior experience of CBT the academic and clinical skills to implement this approach in their work settings.
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Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. As of November 2019, UCL is waiting on a decision from Health Education England about whether the UK/EU tuition fees for this programme will be funded by the NHS.
Participants will be mental health staff with a prior professional qualification (for example, in nursing or counselling) working in clinical services for people with psychosis.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The programme will develop participants’ skills in CBT for anxiety and depression, and the application of these skills to individuals with psychotic symptoms.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules.
Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Psychosis).
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- CBT for Anxiety - advanced (15 credits)
- CBT for Depression (behavioural activation) (15 credits)
- CBTp Intervention (30 credits)
- CBT for Psychosis (fundamentals) (15 credits)
- Clinical Portfolio (15 credits)
- Fundamentals of CBT (30 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of didactic teaching, self-directed study and supervised clinical practice. Assessment is through coursework, reports of clinical practice and the presentation of a clinical portfolio.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme will broaden the career options of participants by expanding their therapeutic competency and the range of clients with whom they are trained to work.
Participants will already be in employment in NHS settings; the skills and knowledge conferred by the programme will enhance their employability.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme bridges academic knowledge and clinical application. A primary aim is to help participants make links between theoretical knowledge of CBT and its application in clinical settings, and teaching sessions will include extensive case discussion.
To supplement face-to-face teaching and encourage self-study, participants will have access to online resources, including video vignettes demonstrating the application of CBT.
The programme will afford excellent opportunities for participants to meet and work with clinicians from a wide range of professional backgrounds and clinical services.
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Applicants for the programme will be put forward by their employing NHS Trust and sponsored by Health Education England.
Application dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Entry to this programme is through current employment with an NHS Trust. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised via UCL Admissions. Recruitment is organised in tranches with the application process open for a limited period only each year.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess applications we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (IAPT: Psychosis) at graduate level
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionanally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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