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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh School of Health Sciences

Full time & Part time September MSc, PgDip, PgCert Part-time: 1 year (PgCert), 2 years (PgDip), additional 12-18 months for MSc

About the course

This course is for people already working in a healthcare setting (in areas including psychiatry, clinical and forensic psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing, general medical practitioners) who are interested in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in clinical settings. 

CBT is the model of psychotherapy most tested by research trials for a range of mental and even physical disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety and phobias to eating disorders, schizophrenia and chronic pain. Healthcare professionals are increasingly required to demonstrate a flexible, multidisciplinary approach to make the best use of skills and resources. The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence-based management. CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy par excellence. It can be

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Entry Requirements

Honours degree or equivalent, plus mental health qualification. Applicants will be expected to be familiar with individual casework, history-taking and case load management and must normally be a UK registered health professional. Non-standard entrants may be considered if they can demonstrate they have the necessary work-based experience, skills and aptitude demonstrated by a Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) portfolio. See BABCP website for details. Non-standard applications and Recognition of Prior Learning must be referred to QMU.

International: This course is only available to professionals currently working in the UK.

Interview: After application there will be an interview held in Edinburgh.


Some students on the course are self-funded and some receive employer support. Fees are paid to NHS Lothian once a place has been offered. Also see Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course..

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