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PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice
(CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) - 2023 entry

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UCAS code 1234
Duration 9 months part time
Entry year 2022 (September start)
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology

Programme administrator: James Lapraik
Tel: +44 (0)1392 722780

Typical offer

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A Diploma or equivalent in CBT

Contextual offers


  • Suited to people working in secondary care and pursuing a career as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist offering NICE-recommended treatment to people experiencing psychosis or bipolar disorder
  • Training developed in response to the UK government initiative to achieve access to NICE-recommended care packages for individuals experiencing these problems
  • Develop your practical competency in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and bipolar disorder within the context of secondary care services
  • Develop critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT in the context of psychosis and bipolar disorder

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Programme administrator: James Lapraik


Phone: +44 1392 722780

This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Entry requirements

The PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder) programme is for clinicians who have had only introductory training in CBT and who require formal training in CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders and CBTp. Staff members applying for the programme need to meet the entry criteria stipulated by HEE which are to:

  • Have qualified in one of the core mental health professions (e.g. clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse, GP, OT or Social Worker) or equivalent


  • Have at least two years of post-qualification experience with psychosis


  • Have some introductory knowledge and experience in CBT

All applicants need to demonstrate the ability to work effectively at Masters level, and an interest in and enthusiasm for psychological approaches to working with people with psychosis. Staff should have the support of their manager to attend the teaching programme and be able to practice as a CBTp therapist post-training.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working in NHS secondary care services will assess and treat clients with psychosis and bipolar disorder and comorbid common mental health problems using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines as part of the evidence-based care packages for psychosis. The approach works to reduce distress, enhance understanding, alleviate symptoms, and have a positive impact on social inclusion, employment, and productivity.

Studying on this programme will allow you to:

  • Develop and update your knowledge of the fundamental principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory, research and practice
  • Develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of how scientific principles inform CB clinical practice
  • Develop an advanced knowledge of core clinical skills necessary for CBT practice with people experiencing psychosis
  • Develop the capacity to reflect critically on CBT theory, research and practice
  • Be able to demonstrate how you meet the competencies required to deliver NICE-concordant CBT for psychosis
  • Develop a portfolio of training, assessment and supervised practice that would allow you to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

How to apply

We are not currently accepting applications for this programme.

If you would like to be contacted when applications for the next cohort open, please contact Beth Maclachlan: or the CEDAR Admin team:


UK/EU fees per year:



We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Teaching will consist of full- and half-day workshops delivered both face to face and using flipped classroom/online platforms. All sessions will include a theoretical and clinical skills component. Role play practice, practical exercises and small group discussions will occur regularly. There will also be guided independent study.

Assessments will include case presentation, essays, case report, completion of a CTSR and accompanying documentation and a clinical portfolio.


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.