Research course

Clinical Psychology

Bangor University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Upper second-class (64% and above) psychology degree and should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. • It is expected that you will have at least one year’s relevant paid clinical/ research experience. You are expected to submit a good quality application form, which will be assessed by two clinical psychologists. Candidates are expected to have good and supportive academic and clinical references.

Months of entry


Course content

This Doctoral Programme is a collaborative venture between the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Bangor University. The North Wales Programme was the first to establish the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the UK, leading the way for other Programmes. BCUHB clinical psychologists have close working links with the Bangor University School of Psychology and currently have numerous joint clinical psychology posts with the University.

There are at present about 100 qualified clinical psychologists working in North Wales covering work in adult mental health, older adults, learning disabilities, child and adolescent clinical psychology, forensic psychology, neuropsychology and health psychology. Nearly all are involved in the Programme through teaching, supervision (clinical/research), assessment of academic work and representation at committees.

One of the distinctive aspects of the North Wales Programme is its close integration into a mainstream academic psychology department that is highly rated for both research and teaching. The School of Psychology's research excellence is internationally recognised. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise it maintained its status as one of the top Psychology departments in the UK, ranking 7th (out of 76) on the Research Power Table.

The School has particular strengths in the following:

  • clinical and health psychology;
  • cognitive neuropsychology;
  • applied behaviour analysis;
  • and learning and developmental psychology.

The College of Health and Behavioural Sciences comprises the School of Psychology, the School of Healthcare Sciences, the School of Sports Health and Exercise Science, the School of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Medical and Social Care Research. This collaboration brings expertise and interest in health research together creating an environment for shared research strategies and health related training activities in terms of professional learning.

Department specialisms

Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dementia and older adults, learning difficulties, Applied Behavioural analysis.

Information for international students

Unfortunately trainees who would normally be charged overseas fees cannot be accepted onto the programme. For further information please refer to the clearing house document.

Fees and funding

The trainees are employees of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Carolien Lamers
+44 (0) 1248 382 205