Research course

Clinical Psychology Doctorate

University of Birmingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in Psychology, which confers the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is required for entry to this programme. Most successful applicants have also acquired some previous practical work experience in health or related settings.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme comprises a combination of academic teaching, research and research training, and professional training during clinical placements. You complete five placements in a range of health settings in the West Midlands. We encourage an attitude of critical open-mindedness to a range of theories and models, and emphasise the importance of evidence-based practice and reflection on clinical work.
The programme is examined by continuous assessment, with students completing a series of assignments and projects over the three years.
Research, which is conducted in the second and third years of the programme, is written up for examination in the form of two papers for publication. The programme is organised on a collaborative basis with local NHS psychologists, and many local clinicians are involved in teaching.
Birmingham is one of the major centres for clinical psychology training in the UK and most graduates take up posts in NHS departments: candidates offered a place on the programme are funded by salaries provided by the NHS.
This programme is subject to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise regulations, to which trainees are required to sign up.

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Fees and funding

UK students
Paid by NHS
International students
£21,000 Contact the school

Fees are paid by the NHS

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005