Taught course

Clinical Psychology

University of Edinburgh · School of Health in Social Science
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Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have: Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC); a good honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above); relevant clinical/work experience. Candidates with a 2:2 honours degree in Psychology must demonstrate applied research ability by undertaking an MSc in a relevant area (eg MSc in Health or Masters in Psychological Research Methods). See the programme website for more information

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Edinburgh is offered 3 years full time or as a 4-5 years specialist training programme covering advanced academic work, clinical skills training, a research thesis and supervised clinical practice placements.

The Programme is a partnership between the University, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and a number of NHS Boards in Scotland. Trainees are all employed by NHS Boards as Trainee Clinical Psychologists on full-time contracts for the duration of their training as well as being registered as postgraduate students with the University.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the longest established programmes in the UK, having first started in 1959. It offers a wide range of teaching and clinical placements with trainees being attached to one of nine possible health boards throughout Scotland.

The Core Philosophy of the Programme is that trainees should be highly competent practitioners using psychological interventions across a variety of settings. Teaching and supervision is provided in a range of approaches with a range of client groups.

The psychological therapies programme includes training to a high standard in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy; we also include and encourage the use of a range of other approaches including behavioural, systemic, client-centred, and psychodynamic approaches.

Priority is given to developing an awareness of professional, ethical and service issues in the delivery of clinical psychology interventions. The Programme is committed to keeping up-to-date with recent advances and incorporating these within both academic teaching and clinical placements.

The clinical practice element consists of placements undertaken under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Psychologist, almost always in NHS settings, although occasionally within social services.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration

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full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

DClinPhychol Secretary
+4 (0) 131 651 3972