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Online Postgraduate Award in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for your professional development

Gain an in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to add to your professional knowledge and improve the way you approach people in a variety of settings whether you work in healthcare, therapy or other roles supporting individuals.

This specialised short programme will give you a comprehensive overview of a range of therapeutic treatments with an emphasis on CBT, highlighting the importance of considering cultural contexts when selecting, conducting and evaluating therapies. This practically focused programme aims to equip you with an understanding of the best approaches to applying therapeutic assessments across a variety of settings including healthcare, social work and teaching.

Explore the scope and effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Learning you can apply

The programme is designed to give you practical knowledge and experience to:

  • Demonstrate a critical and systematic understanding of the foundations of CBT, including the procedures for selecting, administering, scoring and communicating the results of psychological assessment tools
  • Design a CBT intervention in a psychotherapeutic setting, selecting and applying the most suitable from a range of advanced techniques and critically evaluating their effectiveness
  • Adapt CBT principles and techniques to diverse contexts of mental ill-health, different stages of the life cycle, and across cultures
  • Undertake a systematic review and a basic meta-analysis to critically address significant areas of theory and practice

Gain an in-depth understanding of treatment options and methods

Build your professional knowledge

After successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Display a deep understanding of theory and practice of CBT
  • Recognise drivers leading to CBT introduction to individual needs
  • Identify ethical concerns related to the use of CBT techniques
  • Apply CBT in various non-counselling settings
  • Assess an individual’s need for CBT and tailor assessments and therapy to these specific needs, taking into consideration cultural contexts

* The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 80% of the University’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience as world-leading or internationally excellent

The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Our MSc Psychology programme of study is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programme.

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A skills upgrade

for healthcare professionals and psychology graduates looking to expand their knowledge of a specific subject area


Build an e‑portfolio

of your work and research, to showcase your practical skills and theoretical knowledge


Study 100% online

alongside your work, completing your studies in approximately six months


Research excellence

Gain a postgraduate award from a university that is a leader in psychology research.*

*The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 80% of the University’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience as world-leading or internationally excellent.