Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology. You must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society. You also need one years' relevant work experience. If you have a 2:2 honours degree, we will consider your application if you have a related master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It integrates academic and practical teaching across a range of psychological approaches. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust employ our trainees for the duration of the course.

Teaching across all years is predominantly in groups and generally conforms to the principles of 'adult learning'. For example, we view our trainees as active agents who share responsibility for their own development, and we expect our teachers to behave like 'guides' rather than experts. We consider 'discovery' learning to be the optimal way of achieving many of our objectives and expect that, rather than passively receiving information, our trainees will be empowered to question clinical lore, develop new conceptualisations, integrate new and old knowledge, and work on developing new skills collaboratively and experientially.

We ensure that the course reflects the current needs of the NHS. Local Special Interest Groups also contribute extensively to the design and delivery of the courses. We are recognised for having very positive relationships with local NHS services, with graduates being held in high regard, and for the strong research component of the course (BPS Approval report, 2012).

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing and 8.0 in reading). You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Claire Lomax, School of Psychology
+44 (0) 191 208 6265