Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

Our three-year full-time Clinical Psychology doctorate integrates clinical, academic and research practice to achieve the highest quality of professional training. We offer one of the largest and longest established Clinical Psychology training programmes in the UK.

Our aim is to develop clinical psychologists who can draw on the best and most up-to-date knowledge and skills, and who can think critically about, and reflect upon, their own, the profession’s and wider society’s influences on services and clinical practice.

Each year qualified clinical psychologists leave us equipped with the skills to be avid and critical consumers of research and reflective, scientist practitioners.

“I feel proud of the pro-social, reflective ethos Salomons promotes and the relationships that are created with both staff and cohorts. I feel myself growing as a person and professional and would definitely recommend Salomons for this reason."

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021

“…A good balance between CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic but also some Critical and Community Psychology.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

“I have had a fantastic first placement and my supervisor has been excellent. The placement  has allowed me to experience theory-practice links and the first placement being a full year meant I had time to settle in.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

Our values

Our core values are fundamental to the development of the programme – we seek to maintain its place at the forefront of the field, with continued relevance and responsiveness to the needs of service users and a range of services in the public and third sector.

The values of the programme are aligned with those set out in the following codes:

The values embodied in these codes are reflected at all stages, and in all aspects of the programme – through its application and selection processes, in the content and delivery of the teaching and research programme, in clinical placements and in the professional and personal support offered to its students.

The Programme gives high priority to providing trainees with frameworks to help them work in multi-cultural communities and to develop culturally sensitive ways of delivering psychological services.  We welcome trainees who reflect the wide range of diversity represented by service users.  We especially want to encourage trainees with disabilities, those from culturally, and economically disadvantaged and diverse groups, and from all social classes.  We believe that the Programme, the profession and services are strengthened by ensuring cultural, social and other kinds of diversity within the workforce.

The programme ethos is explicitly anti-racist and, as a staff team, we are firmly committed to anti-racist practice throughout all aspects of programme delivery. 

It is programme policy that we take an anti-discriminatory stance in our recruitment and selection processes. No applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.   The characteristics of disability, gender and race are considered as part of our selection process, in line with Positive Action principles under the Equality Act.  Further, values-based practice as depicted within the NHS Constitution, is embedded in every aspect of delivery of the programme - from selection and all stages of recruitment, through academic, clinical and research practice. The active commitment to its core values is fundamental to the ethos of the Salomons Institute.

High quality professional training

Students are supported by experienced staff including clinical psychologists with extensive clinical and educational experience in a range of therapeutic modalities, psychological applications and client groups.

Training draws on various therapeutic models. You will learn about the theoretical and research underpinnings, and clinical application, of at least six psychological models: lifespan developmental, cognitive, behavioural, psychodynamic, systemic and community.

You will gain experience in:

  • Working effectively within multi-cultural contexts.
  • Developing culturally sensitive ways of delivering psychological services.
  • Working in multi-professional/agency contexts.
  • Developing skills in working collaboratively and effectively with others.
  • Consulting and leading teams.
  • Applied research.

”The research team are brilliant – really approachable and helpful, and provide a lot of guidance” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 


“The teaching has been great on the whole. Mostly our lectures have been external clinicians so have been very knowledgeable on their specialty.” 

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2021 

Professional registration

Our training meets the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Once you have successfully completed the doctorate in Clinical Psychology you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a clinical psychologist, and for chartered membership of the BPS.

We are proud to lead a programme which brings together the knowledge and experience of a large network of academic staff and supervisors to develop Clinical Psychologists of the future.

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