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 30-40 qualified clinical psychologists leave us equipped with the skills to be avid and critical consumers of research and reflective, scientist practitioners.

"I like that the course gives an even mix of teaching on all different psychological models and doesn’t just focus on CBT. I like that there are lots of specialist placements available (e.g. Lots of systemic and psychodynamic placements, loads of IAPT placements, etc.). I’m also a big fan of the critical nature of the course and the emphasis on critical psychology."

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook 2017

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. 

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.

"I think the teaching is excellent - we are lucky to have very interesting and inspiring speakers. The course encourages personal reflection and I feel like I grow personally, as well as professionally, be being part of it."

Salomons Trainee, Alternative Handbook 2017

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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