DClinPsy doctorate in clinical Psychology

Year of entry

Studying Clinical Psychology opens the door to a career which is infinitely varied, enabling you to undertake clinical work with a broad range of people experiencing a very diverse range of mental health difficulties. Clinical Psychologists not only seek to alleviate mental distress; they also work actively to promote psychological health and wellbeing.

In addition to direct clinical work with people, you are also likely to be able to undertake service­related research, and provide consultation and supervision to other mental health professionals, teams and services.

Our 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, and have a national reputation for excellence and innovative practice.

Our programme team is made up of senior Clinical Psychologists who bring a wealth of experience in clinical practice, and draw upon a broad range of different therapeutic modalities, to inform their teaching and research interests.

My training on the Clinical Psychology programme has been one of the best experiences of my life. Training in England, moving to a new country and working within a different health care system than that of my home country, has provided me with a wealth of knowledge in a range of therapeutic modalities, psychological applications , and the opportunity to work with a diverse range of client groups. The training has provided me with the knowledge to think critically and reflect upon my profession’s and wider society’s influence on services and clinical practice.The course has been challenging, involving research projects and high quality clinical assignments, but he University has offered me exceptional support, with a manager who has offered the most valuable guidance and supervision. My year group has also been very supportive and many of my fellow trainees have become lifelong friends"

Newly qualified clinical psychologist, completing the doctoral programme in October 2017.
  • Those who have Graduate basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Have a minimum of one year clinically relevant full­time work experience (or its equivalent on a part­time basis). The work can be paid or unpaid, and have been undertaken within the NHS or other third sector and voluntary agencies. The priority needs to be that it has given you some sustained practical exposure to the types of work typically undertaken by a Clinical Psychologist.

  • Our current students have worked as Assistant Psychologists, research assistants, support staff in voluntary sector services for people with mental health problems, health care assistants, nurses, etc. All these jobs, and many similar, provide a strong foundation for undertaking our doctoral training.

The training programme is made up of four interconnecting components: the academic and research programmes, clinical placements, and the assessment process. These four components are organised so that each complements and informs the others, enabling you to integrate your learning across theory, research and practice in order to develop the key competencies pertinent to each year of training. Underpinning all of these components is a commitment to the support of your personal and professional development, and to promoting diversity and equal opportunities throughout all aspects of the programme.

  • Year one of the programme is dedicated to teaching and practice relating to adult mental health.
  • Year two specializes in work with children, adolescents and their families and carers, and people with learning disabilities.
  • Year three focuses on teaching and practice with older people and additional specialist competencies.

Research teaching runs through all three years of the programme. A final major research project is begun in Year one and submitted during the final year of training.

All teaching is mandatory.

Our programme is fully accredited by

Upon successfully completing our three year full­time doctorate, you will be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist. This enables you to work in the NHS or other mental health services, undertaking clinical practice with a wide range of people experiencing diverse mental health difficulties. Clinical Psychologists work with children, adolescents and their families and carers, adults, older people, those with physical and learning disabilities, amongst a wide range of other specialties. Undertaking research, and supervision of and consultation to, other mental health professionals, teams and services are also key components of the job.

The doctoral training you undertake with us will prepare you with the skills to undertake all the many and varied facets of this diverse and interesting career.

The Clinical Psychology programme at the University's Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology has been running for over 40 years, and is the second largest of its kind in the UK. Over the years we have trained hundreds of clinical psychologists, and our team has gained a national reputation for offering a high quality, innovative and broad­-based training experience.

We employ a very wide range of teaching methods using the most up to date audio-visual aids and virtual learning platforms. Teaching takes place in small group seminars and lectures, involving experiential learning, reflective practice, and problem-based learning methods. All teaching emphasizes the links between theory, research and practice, attending to issues of difference and diversity. The involvement of service users in teaching is a hallmark our approach to teaching and learning.

You will typically be at the University's Salomons Centre for teaching two days in each week with occasional weekly teaching blocks. This teaching is undertaken in synchrony with your clinical placements (taking place on the other three days) so that there are excellent opportunities for theory-practice linkage – the doing and learning going hand-in-hand.

All teaching is undertaken by highly experienced practicing clinicians working within local NHS Trusts in our region or by our highly experienced Programme staff.

The programme adopts a continuous assessment model utilising a range of assessment methods.  These include reports of professional practice, clinical portfolio and viva, critical reviews of literature, and a major research thesis plus viva.

Examinations are not used as a means of assessment on this programme.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £24,840 £24,840
Part-time  N/A N/A

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

To find full details out how to apply for either an NHS-­funded or self-­funded place, please visit the Clinical Psychology Application and Selection page on our website.

For further information, please contact:

Applicants must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS and hold this at the time of application. Formal proof of this is required by the Postgraduate Clearing House in Clinical Psychology which manages all NHS funded applications on behalf of the programme. Please see link below for all details about applying to our programme via the Clearing House.

The Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology accepts the Clearing House requirements on standards of English language proficiency. Please refer to the Clearing House website for current guidance on these requirements. Failure to provide this evidence will mean that your application cannot be considered.

In line with national requirements, we adopt a values­ based approach to our selection process. This requires us to attract and select students on the basis that their individual values and behaviour align with the six core values set out in the NHS Constitution. For more information, please see our Application and Selection page.

For more detailed information on our Clinical Psychology doctorate, please visit our DClinPsy programme pages.



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UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years


  • September

Entry requirements

  • A psychology degree at 2.2 or above accredited by the BPS and conferring graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) is essential. If candidates have an undergraduate degree in another subject, candidates must have completed an accredited conversion qualification in psychology. Please see Application and Selection pages on our website for full details of entry requirements.





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