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Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

PGDipCBT
12 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT) provides professional, practical training in CBT to help with treatment of mental health and substance use issues, and support people’s wellbeing. Find out about studying a PGDipCBT through our Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.

DURATION

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Degree Structure - Duration
3 years part-time

START

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)

POINTS

120

TUITION FEES

2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — Not available to international students

Overview


Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Introduction

A significant number of people experience issues with mental health, addictions, and harmful behaviour during their lifetime. The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT) provides professional, practical training in CBT to assist treatment of mental health and substance use issues, and support people’s wellbeing.

UC is uniquely placed for study in CBT, with a well-established Clinical Psychology programme which provides training in CBT to clinical psychology trainees, and industry connections to Pegasus Health, Te Poari Hauora ō Waitaha | Canterbury District Health Board, Purapura Whetu, and mana whenua, along with our work in the community in response to disaster and terrorism. UC is the only university to offer this programme in Te Waipounamu South Island.

Graduates from this programme will be able to support the growing need for mental health and addiction treatment, and increase access to mental health services.



Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Entry requirements

Current work of at least 0.5FTE in a clinical health-related field with opportunities for CBT practice, and access to CBT supervision, is required to enrol.

You will also need to have previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a related area, with a B- Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

A special application to enrol is required by 1 November, and places are limited to 24 students. Late applications may be considered subject to availability of placements.

Selection is based on various factors including grades, prerequisites, and letters of recommendation from nominated referees.

Applications are accepted via myUC. You must also complete this additional CBT Application form, and upload this as part of your enrolment in myUC.

For information on the application process, please contact Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Subjects and courses

The following courses are compulsory:

PSYC442 and PSYC443 must be completed before PSYC446 and PSYC447 can be undertaken.

PSYC446 and PSYC447 will be offered in alternate years, and can be taken in any order.

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Career opportunities

Mental health has long been identified as one of the most important factors in a healthy growing society. The Aotearoa New Zealand Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health is responding to mental health services demand with plans to increase access to talking therapies across the country, leading to more employment opportunities for our graduates.

You will find your knowledge and skills needed in a variety of settings, for example with primary health care providers, mental health providers, and schools.

Through this degree, you can directly change lives and improve mental health within Aotearoa.

Useful information:

 

2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — Not available to international students

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,877
  • International — Not available to international students

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Planning my study

Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

How do I plan my diploma?

The PGDipCBT is made up of 120 points of courses, which includes critical theory and application through case studies and supervised clinical practice.

PSYC442 and PSYC443 must be completed before PSYC446 and PSYC447 can be undertaken. PSYC446 and PSYC447 will be offered in alternate years, and can be taken in any order.

Courses are taught in one-week teaching blocks to accommodate working professionals.

The programme begins in February, and will take a minimum of 3 years of part-time study.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

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