Taught course

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

King's College London · Psychology
ClinPsyD by taught

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.1 degree in Psychology. A 2.1 degree in a different discipline will be considered equivalent where the candidate has achieved Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society via a conversion diploma. Applications are enhanced by progress/completion of postgraduate study.

One year's relevant previous experience of working with adults/children in a relevant clinical speciality is required prior to entry onto the programme. Contact with clinical populations for research purposes is also taken into account when reviewing applicants' relevant experience.

We do not consider applicants who require a work permit.

Months of entry


Course content

To benefit patients, carers and wider society through training clinical psychologists who are skilled in evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention, who produce applied research of the highest quality and impact, and who will become effective leaders within the NHS.

The programme values the scientist-practitioner model for clinical psychology, first developed here at the Institute of Psychiatry. In all aspects of the programme there is an emphasis on integration of theory, research and practice. This integration is embodied in the way the programme team and clinical academics within the Department of Psychology all provide clinical sessions within the NHS; it is embodied in the many practice placement supervisors who teach on the programme and undertake research; and it is embodied in the way the curriculum is developed and kept up-to-date through partnership with local NHS colleagues with relevant clinical expertise.

The programme takes CBT as its main modality, reflecting both the world-leading expertise within the department and wider Institute, and its strong evidence-base. The programme also has particular strengths in family therapy and mindfulness-based interventions, and in neuropsychology.

Trainees are both full-time paid employees of the NHS, and registered students on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at King's College. Trainees are key stakeholders in the programme, helping shape its development and evolution. Trainees are represented on key programme training committees, have meetings with senior programme staff, and chair an annual general meeting for all trainees and programme staff. Trainees are encouraged to use feedback systems to share their views on all aspects of the programme. As well as enhancing the quality of the programme, these experiences also provide opportunities to develop skills in leadership and systemic working. There are a number of systems in place to support trainees. Before joining the programme each new trainee is contacted by their 'buddy' who is one of the current first year trainees. This initial contact helps to familiarise the trainee with aspects of the programme before s/he actually arrives. All trainees are allocated a personal support tutor - a qualified clinical psychologist available for confidential advice and support. There is also a reciprocal arrangement with a neighbouring clinical psychology programme, whereby any trainee may access confidential support. Reflective practice is a key part of professional development as a clinical psychologist, and a further source of support. It provides an opportunity for trainees to reflect on training and the impact of clinical work; reflective practice groups run throughout the programme.

The programme consists of an academic curriculum, practical placements and research and trainees are required to complete course components. Most of the academic teaching, research supervision and clinical supervision are carried out either by members of the Department of Psychology or clinical psychologists working within King's Health Partners (South London and Maudsley, King's College Hospital, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals). Specialist contributions to academic teaching are also made by experts from several other departments within the Institute of Psychiatry and by invited outside speakers.

Fees and funding

International students

Students who take up places via the Clearing House system are funded by and employed within the NHS.

International students are eligible to apply for a self-funded place on the programme through the King's College London admissions portal.

Qualification and course duration

ClinPsyD by taught

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology