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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Counselling for Depression PG Dip

This diploma programme provides training in both cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and Counselling for Depression (CfD). Students on this programme will have placements in NHS funded Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Services.

Key information

Programme starts

April 2018

Modes and duration

Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£4,950 (PT)
£12,150 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 31 January 2018

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 Current Students website. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold at least a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. However, other academic qualifications of an equivalent standard, including professional mental health and counselling qualifications, and substantial work experience and achievements at work demonstrating ability to study successfully at a postgraduate level can be taken into account.

In addition, applicants for this programme are required to have: a diploma in counselling and two years post-graduation counselling practice experience; evidence of basic knowledge of CBT; interest in and enthusiasm for providing both CfD and CBT; evidence of commitment to working in an IAPT service placement for two years.

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.

International students

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 provide:

  • training in the principles and practice of CfD to meet the competence requirements for practice in CfD as accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • training in the principles and practice of CBT to meet foundation level competence for practice in CBT, which with further supervision could lead to accreditation as a CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules.

Core modules

  • Counselling for Depression
  • Fundamentals of CBT
  • CBT for Anxiety - basic
  • CBT for Depression
  • CBT for Anxiety - Advanced
  • Clinical Portfolio

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Not applicable

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, skills practice, clinical supervision groups, directed reading and e-learning. In addition to time at UCL, students spend at least a further two days a week in an IAPT service seeing people with common mental health problems in CfD and CBT under supervision. Assessment is through coursework, case reports, audio and video recordings of students’ clinical practice and the presentation of a clinical portfolio.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Counselling for Depression PG Dip


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 providing accredited training in Counselling for Depression (through BACP), and a thorough grounding in CBT for treatment of anxiety disorders and depression which with additional supervised CBT practice would enable participants to obtain accreditation as a CBT therapist (through BABCP).


Completing this Postgraduate Diploma equips people to work as counsellors/therapists in NHS funded IAPT services providing both CfD and CBT as well as in other employment contexts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is among the principal research and training centres in the UK for mental health and psychological therapies. The Counselling for Depression module is taught by staff from the Metanoia Institute, one of the largest dedicated psychotherapy and counselling training centres in the UK, which developed the CfD national curriculum in collaboration with British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). UCL has close links with all IAPT services in London and many IAPT services outside London, with frequent liaison around provision and delivery of clinical placements and supervision, which is so central to training in counselling and psychological therapies.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 181 staff including 173 postdocs › 780 taught students › 440 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is for qualified counsellors with at least two years' post-qualification counselling experience who are interested to gain further training in both CfD and CBT. Applicants must be available to attend an IAPT clinical placement at least two days a week in addition to the one day a week at UCL.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 January 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you are interested in CfD and CBT training
  • what knowledge you already have about CfD and CBT
  • what post-qualification experience you have had as a counsellor
  • what knowledge you already have about IAPT services
  • how you would be able to support yourself over two years while attending university one day a week and attending an IAPT service placement two days a week.

Together with essential academic and core counselling requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme and IAPT placement context match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information

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