Research course

Clinical Psychology

Staffordshire University · Life Sciences and Education

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (2:1 or 1st) in psychology or equivalent qualification. Applicants must also demonstrate eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society. Candidates are required to have a minimum of one year full time (or part time equivalent) practical experience of working with people in a human service setting. Applicants with experience outside traditional health/caring settings are encouraged to apply if they can demonstrate that their experience is relevant. The University operates an equal opportunities policy. Candidates with specific health or other requirements are welcome to contact the admissions tutor for discussion before application. Every effort is taken to make reasonable adjustments in partnership with Staffordshire University Enabling Service. Evidence of English language ability (IELTS score of 7 with no element below 6.5) is required from applicants whose first language is not English and whose university courses were not taught and examined in English. Enhanced criminal record checks are made through the Disclosure and Barring Service (for England and Wales) or Disclosure Scotland. Occupational health screening is carried out by the employing NHS Trust before commencing employment.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is a partnership between Staffordshire University, the NHS, and practising clinical psychologists in the counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire. The core purpose of this programme is to train highly competent clinical psychologists who will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and chartering with the British Psychological Society. An important strand running through the curriculum is the impact of society and context upon psychological wellbeing and the programme has a particular emphasis on reflective practice. We encourage our trainees to be alert to the changing health needs of the population, the NHS and to the research basis that informs their clinical practice. The teaching programme is closely linked to the competence focus of placements in each year in order that the integration of academic, research, and clinical skills can be maximised. The programme has been recently been commended by the BPS for the very high regard in which the Programme team and the programme s trainees are held by both NHS stakeholders and Service Users. The Programme Team is very responsive to their needs and entirely committed to ensuring that Service Users continue to play a highly valued role in the development and successful implementation of the programme. Their involvement is exceptional and not at all tokenistic.

Fees and funding

UK students

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44(0) 1782 294400