I am so happy to be at Salomons as I feel very ‘at home’ and love the creativity and ethos. I genuinely believe I will be a better clinician for having trained here over others I applied to.

Salomons Trainee: Alternative Handbook for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology 2020

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3 years


Tunbridge Wells
TEF Silver


Please note that the next intake for this course in is October 2021. 

Study our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and open the door to a career which is infinitely varied, enabling you to undertake clinical work with a broad range of people experiencing a diverse range of mental health difficulties. 

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.

Entry requirements

  • A BPS accredited psychology undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above which confers GBC.
  • A BPS accredited psychology undergraduate degree at 2.2 level which confers GBC together with a relevant MSc at 65% or above.
  • A non-psychology degree at 2.1 or above together with a BPS accredited psychology MSc at 60% or above, which confers GBC.
  • If English is not your first language you are required to have an IELTS with an overall score of 7.5 with no element below 7.5.
Psychology degree accredited by the BPS

All about the course

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 course is fully accredited by


How you’ll learn

The Clinical Psychology programme at the University's Salomons Institute 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 emphasises 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 Institute 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.

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS
  • Academic Requirements (see above)
  • English Language Requirements (see above)
  • Clinically Relevant Work Experience
  • Driving Licence Requirements

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 on the programmes entry requirements and its six core values, please see our Application and Selection page.

How you’ll be assessed

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.

Your future career

Upon successfully completing our three-year full­-time 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.


Fee-paying places are open to International, European and British applicants. Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund.

NHS-Funded Tuition Fees

We can only consider applicants for NHS-Funded places who meet ‘home (UK/EU)’ fees status, and who have the right to work in the UK. Additionally, NHS funded places are only available to applicants who intend to work in NHS funded services upon the completion of training.

Successful NHS-funded applicants are employed as Trainee Clinical Psychologists by the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who formally manage all aspects of their contract of employment. Trainees are paid on Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

  UK/EU Overseas
Full-time £24,840 £24,840
Part-time N/A N/A

Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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3 years


Tunbridge Wells