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Postgraduate Taught

PGCert/GradCert Psychological Therapies Practice
(Mental Health and Wellbeing in Specialist Adult Mental Health)

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration Part time, 1 year, PG Cert
Part time, 1 year, Grad Cert
Entry year March & September each year
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology


  1. An innovative programme designed to enable trainees to work as Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners, delivering low intensity psychologically informed interventions for service-users with moderate to severe mental health problems. 
  2. Trainees are employed by a NHS service partner and are funded to attend the training as part of their contract. 
  3. Training will be delivered via a hybrid format with the majority of teaching taking place remotely, alongside a number of in person teaching days. 
  4. Set within a UK centre of excellence for psychological professions training, including low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training.
  5. Successful completion of the programme will enable trainees to work as qualified Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners.

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Programme lead: Debbie Williams 


Phone: 01392 72 3122

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

This programme is offered at both final year undergraduate degree level 6 (GradCert) for those who can demonstrate having studied at least at the second year of a degree or equivalent, or at postgraduate level 7 (PGCert) for those already holding a degree. The topics you will study are the same for both levels. For further information, please contact the Administrative Team:

Applicants do not need to possess previous clinical or professional expertise in mental health but should be able to demonstrate interpersonal skills and values consistent with providing person-centred care. 

Course content

This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop the competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide you with a thorough grounding in the curriculum for Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners.
  • Develop your understanding and clinical competency in care planning and in delivering a range of psychological interventions for people with severe mental health problems.
  • Enable you to adapt your practice to work effectively with service-users with diverse needs.
  • Develop skills in using clinical and caseload supervision. As interventions delivered by Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioners are based on cognitive-behavioural principles, clinical skills supervision should be provided by a psychological professional with significant training and experience in delivering CBT-based interventions for severe mental health problems, and who has attended specific supervision training linked to the training programme. Provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through NHS services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised on the NHS Jobs website or equivalent.

Interviews will take place with the employing service and successful candidates will be sent details for registering on the MHWP programme with Exeter University. 

The programme is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all aspects of the course.

We welcome applicants from diverse cultural and personal contexts, mature applicants with extensive life experience, and applicants with disabilities. Candidates with disabilities are welcome to contact us to discuss the programme's capacity to meet their training needs. Please contact the Programme Administrator or the University AccessAbility department for further details.


£8,000 – funded through education contract with NHS England


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

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

Teaching and research

Teaching will consist of a mixture of lectures and group work on taught days and self-directed learning activities on practice based learning days. Assessments will include, but are not limited to, an essay, assessment of clinical competencies in assessment and engagement skills, submission of a recording of an intervention session with a service-user, a portfolio of care plans, a a case presentation and a Clinical Portfolio including evidence of practice hours and supervision. Full details of assessment criteria for each module can be found in the module descriptors of the programme.

The specific interventions that every Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner will be taught during the programme are:

  • Behavioural Activation 
  • Graded Exposure 
  • Teaching problem-solving skills 
  • Improving sleep 
  • Recognising and managing emotions 
  • Guided self-help for bulimia and binge-eating 
  • Building confidence 
  • Medication support – based on information-giving 

Your future

This programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Mental Health and Wellbeing 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