Postgraduate study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

PGCertCBT* and PGDipCBT*

Postgraduate study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), or talking-based therapy, can enable you to make a real difference to the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.


On average, 1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience significant mental illness or distress in their lifetime, according to He Ara Oranga, the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a ‘gold standard’ evidence-based, psychologically informed talking therapy. It has proven effectiveness in treating substance misuse, and common mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

UC offers two postgraduate degrees in CBT:

*subject to Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand CUAP approval

The degrees are delivered by UC’s Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing. Kaupapa Māori is integrated into the degrees, and there is a strong emphasis on addressing Māori and Pasifika mental health and wellness.

These programmes are designed for registered allied health professionals and practitioners in primary care and government and non-government health and social service organisations.

Applicants for all of the CBT programme qualifications must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related degree with a B- grade point average
  • At least .5 FTE in a clinical health-related field and have access to CBT supervision
  • Dean of Science approval

Applications should be made on the Postgraduate Study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Application (Word, 61KB).

Please note that Te Pou funding is not available for enrolments in 2021.

Application deadline

The closing date for applications is 30 November in the year preceding entry.

The programme will be delivered by seminars, lectures and student presentations.  Each 30 point course will be delivered in one five day block (35 hours).  Assessments will comprise of student presentation, practical assessments, clinical supervision and case study assessments. 

CoursesPoints    Semester   
PSYC 442 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Assessment 30 S1
PSYC 443 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Case Conceptualisation   30 S2
PSYC 446 Frontiers of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy I 30 Full year
PSYC 447 Frontiers of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy II 30 Full year


PGCertCBT comprises PSYC 442 and PSYC 443. This certificate is a minimum of one year part-time study (0.5 FTE), alongside relevant* employment of minimum 0.5 FTE.

PSYC 442 is a prerequisite for PSYC 443.

PGDipCBT comprises PSYC 442 and PSYC 443 (as above), followed by PSYC 446 and PSYC 447 in subsequent years. This diploma is a minimum of three years part-time study (0.5 FTE in year 1, 0.25 FTE in years 2-3), alongside relevant* employment of minimum 0.5 FTE.

PSYC 446 and PSYC 447 will be offered in alternate years, and can be taken in any order.

* As approved by the CBT Programme Coordinator.

These qualifications will equip you with the skills to use CBT to assist people with mental health and addiction issues. They are ideal for current health professionals–including nurses, counsellors, mental health professionals and social workers–wanting to upskill and add to their existing skill set.