Research course

Clinical Psychology

Newcastle University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology. 2:2 honours degrees will be considered if you have evidence of subsequent academic achievement equivalent to a good 2.1. This could include a PhD or an MSc at the level of merit or distinction.

Your qualification must confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). You need to be eligible for the GBC by the time you apply. You can check whether your qualification confers on the BPS site (

You application needs to include any academic publications and research experience, such as an MSc, PhD or other relevant research or service evaluation work. If you are are completing a PhD you must complete your studies before taking up a place on this programme.

You need to have a minimum of 12 months full-time (or equivalent) recent experience in a field relevant to clinical psychology.

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, course duration and attendance options

  • DClinPsy
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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