Research course

Clinical Psychology

The University of Manchester · School of Psychological Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2.1 degree in single Honours psychology or joint Honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course is required. The degree must already have been awarded at the time of application. Candidates with a 2.2 degree will be considered if they have obtained a further academic qualification such as an MSc or other higher research degree. Applicants who are currently undergraduates are very unlikely to be shortlisted for interview, due to the level of competition. Candidates must establish their eligibility for British Psychological Society graduate registration before commencing the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year programme of academic and clinical training offered within the School of Psychological Sciences. It is the result of close collaboration between the University and clinical psychologists in North-West England.

The programme aims to train practitioners who are able to fulfil the responsibilities and duties of clinical psychologists in a range of settings.

It is recognised that the majority of graduates will be employed within the National Health Service. The programme is thus geared to train clinical psychologists who will be able to meet the appropriate client needs and organisational requirements of the NHS and other statutory and voluntary bodies who work in collaboration with the health service.

The training covers a wide geographical area, with placements at present available in many health districts and provider units throughout the North West. The structure of the training spans both taught and research elements, with specialist teaching units co-ordinated around intensive clinical placements.

Department specialisms

Biological Bases of Human Behaviour; Human Growth and Development; Abnormalities of Cognition; Motivation and Affect; Modification of Behaviour; Theory and Technique of Measurement; Professional Issues. Provides training and experience in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 8 (with no less than 7 in the writing element).

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 306 0400