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.

Salomons has been a life-changing experience for me. The course teaches us a wide range of psychological models and theories, including CBT, systemic and psychodynamic approaches. This has helped me to work more integratively and creatively with clients by tailoring formulations and interventions that are suitable for an individual client’s needs.

The course stresses the importance of diversity and cultural sensitivity. This is not only helpful for trainees from the UK, who often have to work within multi-cultural contexts, but this also benefits international students from different backgrounds, in thinking how to adapt our practice when working with people from their own culture.

Lastly, what I like most about Salomons is its strong emphasis on reflective practice. This has helped me to reflect upon my professional practice, the wider society’s influence and my own personal position. I found Salomons to be a very welcoming and supportive community, and I definitely recommend international students to come and experience it.

Third year international student completing the Doctorate programme autumn 2019

I love it here – I love my placements, I love coming to university, I love my cohort, and I genuinely think it is a hugely supportive and nurturing environment to undertake what could easily be three very intense years of training. Come join us!

Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2019
  • 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.

Fees

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
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

CategoryDescription
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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

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Salomons 3 years full-time September 2020

“I think the Salomons course offers you something you can’t get in other places, a depth of understanding which isn’t based on learning by rote but gives you a different way of thinking about the world.

Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2019

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

Length

  • 3 years

Starts

  • 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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