Psychological Therapy PGDip

Key information

Duration:
18 months full time, 30 months part time
Start date:
September 2019
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This course equips you with a critical understanding of cognitive behavioural models of anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis and personality difficulties. You’ll develop the skills to deliver high-quality and creative cognitive behavioural interventions across this range of problems.

We offer four pathways through this course:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Common Mental Health Difficulties
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis.

This course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Why choose this course?

  • Psychology at Sussex was placed in the top 10 for research in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF).
  • We are one of the largest psychology units in the UK. You’ll study in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate research and study.
  • You’ll develop the skills to apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

If you don’t have the degree requirement for this course you should provide a portfolio of evidence of written work produced while training or working in the field.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

You must have: 

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions. 

 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Interviews by Skype or at the UniversityYes
Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

There is high demand for this course and we recommend that you apply by April. 

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at psychology@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

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.

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

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Please note

Certificate and Diploma programs at the University of Sussex are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loans. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Our experts

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 876638 
psychology@sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Psychology

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019/20. We hope to publish the fees in September 2018.
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019/20. We hope to publish the fees in September 2018.
International students:
£16,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Scholarships for this course for entry in the academic year 2019 are yet to be confirmed. They will be published here as soon as they are available.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You’ll develop the skills to apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Graduate destinations

94% of students from the School of Psychology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • research therapist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • youth mental health recovery mentor, Sussex Oakleaf
  • mental health recovery worker, Venture People.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers From Higher Education 2017)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Supervised Practice

  • 30 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1

By the end of the module you will have gained skills required to undertake Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) across different complexities and different service settings in an ethical and collaborative manner. 

The module runs alongside all modules following the Fundamentals of CBT course, across terms 1 and 2. 

Throughout the module, you will gain a detailed understanding and skills required to undertake Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with a range of mental health presentations in an ethical and collaborative manner. Sessions will include individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsal using case examples thus facilitating the grounding and consolidation of skills. You will be encouraged to take part in practical and explorative exercises to start to reflect on your own CBT skill development, and how these CBT skills might be used to help you to deepen your practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in an ethical and collaborative manner.

You will also be required to undertake 70 hours of supervision from a BACP accredited therapist. Half of this supervison (35 hours) will be provided by the course, half will be provided by supervisors in the students' place of work. Staff will liaise with supervisors in the your place of work to ensure quality assurance and adherance to the requirements of the module.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (Complex Difficulties)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in working with people suffering from Panic Disorder, with and without Agoraphobia (PD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using behavioural and cognitive interventions to help reduce cognitive and behavioural contributory factors in the maintenance of these anxiety difficulties.

Throughout the module, you will gain a detailed understanding of assessment, formulation and treatment strategies as applied to individuals with these presenting difficulties. Each session will include thoeretical teaching which will provide you with an overview of the topic area. Knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsal using case examples.

You will be encouraged to take part in practical and explorative exercises to reflect on your own psychological development of CBT and to use this to help you to deepen your understanding of these particular psychological difficulties, how they may be formulated and how treatment strategies may be used to help reduce difficulties associated with the diagnoses of Panic Disorder, with and without Agoraphobia (PD), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (Complex Difficulties)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in working with people suffering from depression in the context of complex psychological difficulties using behavioural activation, and cognitive therapy to help reduce cognitive and behavioural contributory factors in the maintenance of depression. 

Throughout the module, you will gain a detailed understanding on assessment, formulation and treatment strategies as applied to individuals with these presenting difficulties. Each session will include thoeretical teaching which will provide you with an overview of the topic area. Knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsal using case examples. You will be encouraged to take part in practical and explorative exercises to reflect on your own psychological development of CBT and to use this to help you to deepen your understanding of these particular psychological difficulties, how they may be formulated and how treatment strategies may be used to help reduce difficulties associated with the diagnoses of depression using Behavioural Activation and Cognitive Therapy

Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

By the end of the module students will have gained knowledge and skills in the fundamental theories, theorists, principles, strategies and techniques which will prepare them to undertake further training in translating theory into practice with regard to CBT assessment and practice.

Throughout the module, students will gain a detailed understanding on the fundamental theories, theorists, principles, strategies and techniques used in CBT to treat people with a variety of common mental health problems and complex difficulties. Sessions will include theoretical teaching which will provide students with an overview of the topic area. Knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group exercises, modelling and rehearsal using case examples in some of the clinical skills-based sessions. Students will be encouraged to take part in practical and explorative exercises to start to reflect on their own psychological development, and how the theories and fundamental skills of CBT might be used to help them to deepen their understanding of the development of common mental health problems and more complex difficulties.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety (Advanced)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed to follow Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Anxiety, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to work with more complex presentations associated with anxiety.

By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in working with people suffering from more complex anxiety conditions that include:

  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Panic with agoraphobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): belief domains
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Borkovec model and Zinbarg, Craske and Barlow model
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Foa & Rothbaum model, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Model and Health Anxiety (HA).

You will learn evidence based interventions using behavioural and cognitive methods to help reduce factors that contribute to the maintenance of these complex difficulties.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression (Advanced)

  • 15 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed to follow Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to work with more complex presentations associated with Depression.

By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in working with people suffering from more complex depression presentations that include:

  • Chronic and recurrent Depression
  • Depression and Chronic Fatigue
  • Depression and Pain Management
  • Chronic Low Self Easteem
  • Depression and Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

You will learn evidence based interventions using behavioural and cognitive methods to help reduce factors that contribute to the maintenance of these complex difficulties.

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