PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches)

Duration Full time 1 year Part time 1 year
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date October


We offer Postgraduate training programmes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level. These are aimed at developing competence in established evidence-based applications, especially for the prevention of relapse in recurrent major depression, but also for clients in a range of different settings including physical and mental healthcare and education.

Within mental health settings Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for preventing relapse from depression is becoming increasingly adopted. The use of mindfulness-based treatments for other conditions and in a wider range of settings outside of healthcare is also on the increase. In this programme you will develop a foundational base of the theory and research surrounding MBCT and other Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBA). You will have considerable opportunity for developing and reflecting on a personal mindfulness practice. This foundation lays the basis for continuing on to the Postgraduate Diploma year.

Train with experts

Each of our postgraduate training programmes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches maintain an in depth focus on the underpinning theory and research, enhanced by the work carried out in the Mood Disorders Centre; a partnership between the University of Exeter and the National Health Service. The Centre has been offering MBCT as part of its clinical services since 2002. In addition to the training delivered by experts from the Mood Disorders Centre with an international profile in developing, researching and teaching mindfulness-based approaches, teaching is enhanced by external tutors skilled in MBCT and Mindfulness-based interventions.

The programmes have been set up and are run in collaboration with Gaia House; a centre for meditation, enquiry and compassion where you will attend retreats to cultivate your own personal mindfulness practice. You will benefit from the integral involvement of experienced Buddhist teachers exploring the lineage of mindfulness in Buddhist Psychology, and the teachers at Gaia House.

Our training places you at the heart of the community in a region with one of the largest networks of mindfulness practitioners and Buddhist teachers in the country.


Our next course will be in September 2018 and we will start recruitment for this in Autumn 2017.

Find out more about our PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) programme.

Training to be a mindfulness therapist at Exeter is an invitation to not only learn and practice a new clinically effective therapy, but to see yourself and others through a new looking glass. Compassion, curiosity and acceptance become part of the experience of learning and create unexpected ripples through lots of areas of your life in unexpected ways.

Veronica Hicks, Psychological Therapist, graduate PgCert Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies

The University of Exeter MBCT training has been the best course, learning and training experience I have had in my whole career. Thanks to you and the team.

Jerry Fox, Psychological Therapist, graduate PgDip Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy