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Dip (PG) in Psychological Therapy

Course Description

UK Entry Requirements

Students entering at the start of the course should possess (i) and (ii) with either (iii) or (iv), plus (v):

(i) a core profession qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of being able to complete the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements,


(ii) foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and some experience of providing structured psychological therapies or interventions,

and either

(iii) a first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent,


(iv) the ability to study successfully at postgraduate level, demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence of previous written work produced in a training or work context,


(v) ready access to suitable clients: clients with common mental-health (CMH) presentation of anxiety and depression for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CMH problem pathway, clients with CMH presentations and clients with complex difficulties for our CBT and Complex Difficulties pathway, and clients with CMH presentations and children and young people (CYP) for our CYP pathway. Note that clinical placements may be available with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to complete the practice element.

In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview

Course Description

This Diploma offers modular professional training, providing successful graduates with all the requirements to apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

The course includes flexible options. Every other week you attend two or three full days of teaching at the University and you may wish to stay in Brighton & Hove during these teaching days. Some supervision will be delivered by telephone or Skype and does not require you to be at the University.

The course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together a top-rated academic institution with a world-leading research profile in applied psychology and an NHS Trust that is a Teaching Trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

We offer two pathways through this course:
•Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with more severe, enduring and complex presentations of mental-health problems, in either out-patient or in-patient services
•Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People: this pathway is designed to serve the needs of mental-health practitioners who work primarily with children and young people, in either out-patient or in-patient services.

After successful completion of the PGDip, you may wish to complete an additional Masters component. The Masters qualification equips you with the skills to undertake practice-based research of relevance to cognitive behavioural therapy.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

This course runs as a sequential modularised structure with blocks of diagnostically led teaching days coupled with skills workshops.

Subjects covered include the fundamentals of cognitive behavioural therapy, anxiety difficulties, depression, psychosis and personality difficulties. The course has a clinical basis and requires relevant ongoing supervised cognitive behavioural therapy practice.


Our taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, clinical activity reports, clinical commentary, and a portfolio.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the Dip (PG) in Psychological Therapy page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Student Profiles

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]]
Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]]
50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]]
Successful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.

When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:

Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Chichester 1, Ci003
East Sussex
Email: [email protected]

Fax Number: +441273873344

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For full details on entry requirements, please see Course Description. For information of overseas students' entry requirements: View Website

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