DPhil in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate research

Mode: Part-time

Duration: 6 to 8 years

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. The next admissions cycle, for 2020-21 entry, will commence on 2 September 2019.


For further information about this course, please visit the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre website, email octc@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk, or telephone +44 (0)1865 902801.

DPhil in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


This part-time DPhil is normally carried out over eight years, equivalent to four years of full-time study, although it may take less time in certain circumstances.

The chosen topic of a DPhil in CBT should have a significant focus on issues related to cognitive behavioural theory and/or practice, for example: the development of a  better understanding of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of a problem; developing an aspect of CBT to address a particular disorder; exploring theoretical or methodological issues in relation to cognitive behavioural practice etc.  

The DPhil in CBT should focus on a primary research topic relevant to the theory, principles and practice  of interventions, including both group and individual treatments, third wave approaches, self-help based approaches and supervision. Examination for the DPhil is by submission of a thesis and oral examination.

You will be strongly encouraged to participate in seminars and informal meetings with staff and other researchers. The major commitment of time will be to individual study and research.

As a student on this course you will have an identified Oxford-based supervisor who is interested in your research ideas and, in some instances, you will also need to identify a field supervisor who can closely monitor and advise on your practical research.

Apply for this course

For fees, entry requirements, selection criteria and how to apply please visit the course page on the Graduate Admissions website.

Prior to application, you should contact OCTC academic staff to discuss the feasibility of your research and secure the agreement of one or more potential supervisors for your work.

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