We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.
Months of entry
Our PhD/MPhil Clinical Psychology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Clinical Psychology.
Research within clinical psychology spans the spectrum of key research themes integral to improving our understanding of psychological disorders. These include:
- The integration of psychological explanation to derive understanding and intervention;
- Interpersonal and family environments;
Research training within clinical psychology provides a flexible platform for career development while offering structured progression to ensure study objectives are met.
You will join a research group and quickly be immersed in the current research activity being conducted. With your supervisory team, you will follow an intense induction, including agreeing on the key objectives of the study, resources available, relevant seminars and opportunities for personal development.
Within the wider research group, you will have the opportunity to discuss your research with fellow students, post-doctoral candidates and academics. Research group seminars will provide background to recent developments within the discipline and there will be ample opportunity to share personal research findings, contribute to publications and attend/present at prominent conferences. Most academics are clinical academics and as such have clinical posts within local NHS Trusts, helping to ensure that research ideas and findings are grounded in clinical practice. NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) is also an important funder for clinical psychology PhDs.
All research students are encouraged to attend course units from within the programme that are relevant to their research topic.
Typical units include:
- Practical Issues in Psychological Research;
- Advanced General Methods in Psychology;
- Structured Approaches to Qualitative Data in Psychology;
- Philosophical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology;
- Using Advanced Statistics in Psychology.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.
We require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall or TOEFL iBT 100. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 7.0 (IELTS) or 25 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of at least IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.
For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 275 5608