Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Studies

All OCTC Postgraduate Courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are run in collaboration with the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.  Our new programme provides an accessible and flexible format of CBT training, well suited to the needs of contemporary mental health practitioners, whilst maintaining the 'gold-standard' delivered over the past two decades.

Course Lead: Dr Sarah Rakovshik

Applications closing dates:
25 January 2019, 12 noon

10 May 2019, 12 noon

21 June 2019, 12 noon

Further information is now available on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website

This course aims to equip researchers and practitioners with knowledge of the models and theories used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment and supervision, it comprises 20 days of teaching over two years.

The Course takes full advantage of the high levels of theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise available among practitioners of CBT in Oxford. The design, organisation, training and supervision are by BABCP accredited therapists and/or supervisors and trainers, who have extensive experience in the practice of CBT and in related training and research.

The course aims to provide students with:

  • a sound knowledge of cognitive behavioural models, concepts and methods;
  • an understanding of issues of importance relating to the theory and practice of CBT, including the relationship between
    CBT theory and therapy;
  • an understanding of the use of CBT with a variety of client groups and disorders 
  • related research on outcome and process; and
  • the ability to convey clearly the central concepts of CBT.

The course does not aim to prepare students to practice, teach or supervise CBT. The emphasis is on acquiring an understanding of the theory and practice of CBT treatment and supervision, within an explicit theoretical framework in relation to associated empirical research. To this end, students will attend and complete the theoretical components of the PGCert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and relevant PGCert in Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy specialisms, thus covering CBT treatment for common psychological disorders, psychological trauma, psychosis and bipolar and CBT supervision and training. This course is appropriate for researchers seeking to gain a strong theoretical foundation in CBT.



Reading and completion of written assignments will be undertaken in addition to the teaching days. Many students find it effective to set aside six to seven hours a week for private study. In order to complete the PG Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Studies, students are required to complete the following components:


7 teaching days

Psychological trauma

3 teaching days


Psychosis and bipolar

5 teaching days

Supervision and training

5 teaching days


Training will take place at Ewert House & the Warneford Hospital.