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. Please contact the BPS direct if you have any queries.

Your 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 undertaking an MSc or PhD, you must complete your studies before taking up a place on this programme.

In order to evidence capacity to undertake study at doctoral level, you also have to achieve a minimum score of 3 or above on our academic scoring (MS Word 14KB). If you score above this, you will be eligible to be considered for interview, and will be in the second sift of the application process. There are multiple ways in which 3 points and above can be achieved through academic attainments.

Graduate basis for chartered membership

Graduates with a first degree in a field other than psychology must have completed a BPS approved Conversion course prior to application or completed the BPS exam conferring GBC, and will be expected to meet the same experience requirements as other applicants.

Relevant experience

You are required to have a minimum of 12 months full-time (or equivalent) recent experience in a field relevant to clinical psychology. This could be direct clinical or clinical research experience (which may be part of Master’s or doctoral research). Work experience in NHS and similar settings should provide you with:

  • a critical awareness of the roles that Clinical Psychologists fulfil
  • a general awareness of key current professional and organisational issues
  • the ability to demonstrate some experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting

This typically, although not always, requires working alongside clinical psychologists.

Equal opportunities

Selection procedures conform to the Equal Opportunities Policy of Newcastle University and we welcome applications from candidates experiencing a disability and the employing NHS Trust utilises the Disability Confident scheme.

A helpful guide for prospective applicants with disabilities is published by the Health and Care Professions Council (PDF: 248KB).

We will interview all who choose to self-declare a disability to the programme and who meet our minimum academic, clinical and reference standards for interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The clinical psychology programme at Newcastle is one of the longest established in the UK. It has celebrated over 50 years in practice. It is part of the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.

The course works with our NHS colleagues in the local psychology services. We also work with Health Education North East which is part of Health Education England.

We commit to an evidence-based and empirically grounded ethos.

The programme integrates research and clinical practice. You'll prepare for practice as professional clinical psychologists. On completion of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for:

  • registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Clinical status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Information for international students

English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing and 8.0 in reading).

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

School of Psychology
+44 (0) 191 208 7925