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Prof Doc Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Psychological Sciences




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Course summary

The Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) course provides a comprehensive training programme comprising concurrent academic teaching (on average two days per week) and clinical work placements based mainly in the NHS (on average three days per week). The overarching purpose of the training course is to supply highly competent clinical psychologists for the NHS and related settings.

Please view the full Trainee Person Specification if you are interested in this course.

On successful completion of training you will meet the Health and Care Professions Council's requirements for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist. You will also satisfy the British Psychological Society’s Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology requirements (BPS, CTCP) for becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

You will participate in a broad-based clinical-academic programme, designed and taught by a diverse core team, selected invited external speakers and NHS specialists. The course covers all of the major theoretical and clinical approaches to clinical psychology.

This training course requires you to fulfil two main minimum criteria in order to apply. You need at least a year’s experience of paid relevant clinical-academic work, such as an assistant psychologist in the NHS or a research assistant. And you need strong academic qualifications, i.e. at least an upper 2:1 degree in Psychology (which grants Graduate Basis for Registration with the BPS).

During the training course you will be robustly assessed to evaluate your clinical performance, academic achievement and your ability to integrate these two elements. As this is a doctoral-level programme, you will need to be able to work at this standard and produce an original research thesis by the end of training.

All applications must be made via the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology, click 'Apply' to find out more. 

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Accredited the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This three-year, full-time doctorate-level training course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Help find solutions to growing mental health issues

You will join a clinical-academic course team committed to improving the lives of people of all ages affected by mental health issues. The ethos of the training course is distinctive, with an emphasis on critical thinking and a consideration of numerous approaches to benefiting clients and services.

Become a Clinical Psychologist with our course

You will become a Clinical Psychologist ready to work in the NHS and related settings, in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS).

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How you'll learn

The course team will support your development using both a broadly critical and open-minded stance to working with clients and services. The team questions the idea of distress as being something that simply occurs inside individuals, and encourages a perspective that puts individual distress in its social context.

The team is highly respected across different fields and tutors are engaged in work at a number of levels: from clinical practice, to policy development and working with professional bodies. Team members are involved research initiatives spanning health and societal contexts. We aim to influence practice at regional, national and international levels.

Your clinical and academic learning will be supported by the course team and involve partnerships with NHS and related settings. A clinical-academic programme has been designed to enhance theory-practice formulation and intervention.

Your clinical work placements will typically be based in settings such as primary care, hospital inpatient departments, community health centres, charities or mental health teams. You will be required to successfully complete placements that cover the lifespan and associated psychological presentations. Throughout this time you will be supervised by qualified and experienced clinical psychologists.

Your academic teaching will comprise lectures, presentations, work within small groups and practical exercises including reflection about your clinical work. You will also be supported to produce a research thesis in the last two years of your training.

Theses that have recently been completed include a study of how mental health issues are represented in TV series aimed at young people, a project involving young asylum seekers in the UK, and an assessment of how young people manage issues of sexual identity.

We encourage a collective approach that encompasses the idea of self-help support groups and community psychological interventions.

“We view communities as more than just geographical communities and those who seek the help of psychologists often come from marginalised communities,” says Dave Harper, Programme Director (Academic). “For example, currently we have trainee clinical psychologists working in services for young asylum seekers. They listen to the young people’s stories about the circumstances leading to journeying to the UK, helping them to make sense of it all.”

Fees and funding

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Tuition fees

Fees for this course will be confirmed soon

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees

Fees for this course will be confirmed soon

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in Psychology (BPS Accredited)

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Applicants are required to have current membership and Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body

Applicants are required to have relevant Work Experience

Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

In the most recent BPS accreditation, our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology was widely praised for its structure, quality of teaching, clinical rigour and philosophy.

In the context of a critical and innovative approach, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective clinical psychologist across different client groups and work settings. You will also learn how to apply knowledge and theory to different ways of working, such as direct therapy, indirect working (e.g. consultation), staff support, service development and organisational change.

You will gain core skills in assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions. Your effective core therapy skills will include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and at least one other approach.

We offer theoretical frameworks for evaluating clinical psychology theory and practice in a critical but constructive way. You will learn about innovative approaches to practice, such as social constructionist, narrative and systemic therapies, and community psychology interventions.

The research element of the course encompasses both qualitative and quantitative methods. And we offer an outstanding range of placement and personal/professional development experiences.

At a recent accreditation visit, the BPS spoke of our course as being “clearly ahead of the game” in terms of engaging with the future directions of healthcare provision. It also acknowledged that the course was viewed extremely positively in this regard by trainees, recent graduates, supervisors and employers.

What you'll study and when

Year 1

  • Clinical Psychology Theory & Practice (90 credits)
  • Clinical Psychology Placements 1 & 2 (90 credits)

Year 2

  • Clinical Psychology Theory & Practice 2 (60 credits)
  • Clinical Psychology Placements 3 & 4 (90 credits)


Year 3

  • Clinical Psychology Theory & Practice 3 (30 credits)
  • Clinical Psychology Placements 5 & 6 (90 credits)


June of Year 2 to end of programme

90 credit Research project

How you'll be assessed

We will assess you through a variety of ways, including exams, placement supervisors’ evaluations, your thesis and practical reports.

Course specification Placement Supervisors - Course Documents

Your future career

As a graduate of this course you will have the necessary training to work as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and related settings, such as primary care, community contexts, hospital wards, and charities.

The training programme will also send you forward into your career with an enriched and broadened outlook that we hope will be of lasting benefit.
The BPS praised the course’s critical stance as empowering the development of both therapeutic and non-therapy competencies – for example, developing skills in promoting new ways of working as well as influencing the field at a policy level.

We hope that you will graduate prepared for the new and evolving challenges within the NHS and other diverse settings.

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