A degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) in single honours Psychology, or joint honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course, is required.
The degree must have already been awarded at the time of application; candidates who are currently undergraduates will not be short-listed for interview.
For candidates with degrees that do not constitute at least 50% psychology, a BPS accredited Psychology conversion course must be obtained (original award grade will remain the same therefore the minimum of a 2.1 award remains applicable).
Candidates must establish their eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society before making an application.
A minimum of 12 months of paid FTE clinically relevant experience such as work in a healthcare setting or a background in clinical research involving direct contact with patients delivering assessments and/or treatments and/or service development work at the time of submitting an application is considered essential.
Formal consent to participate as service users in practical and clinical teaching will be required as a condition of entry to the programme.
Months of entry
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year programme of academic and clinical training. 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. In addition to a comprehensive in-depth training in cognitive-behavioural approaches, teaching is provided in psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, systemic approaches, clinical neuropsychology work, team working and leadership, research methods and other therapeutic and clinical approaches. A critical evaluation of all models is emphasised throughout the training. There is strong emphasis on research throughout the programme and students work alongside research programmes within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.
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 NHS Trusts 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.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
The ClinPsyD programme is accredited by the BPS. Application for the ClinPsyD programme is made through the British Psychological Society's Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 306 0400