Taught course

Clinical Psychology

University of Essex · School of Health and Human Sciences

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to: 1. Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS 2.1. Possess at least a high 2.1 honours degree (with a 3rd year average of 65% or above) in psychology. Please ensure you have included your academic transcript with your application or 2.2. Possess a recognised overseas degree in psychology, equivalent to at least a high 2.1 honours degree in psychology (see UK NARIC for information about equivalence of non-UK degrees). Please send copies of all relevant academic transcripts directly to the Programme Administrator or 2.3. Possess a BPS accredited conversion degree in psychology with an average mark of 65% or above. Please send copies of all relevant academic transcripts directly to the Programme Administrator or 2.4. Possess a lower second class or low 2.1 honours degree in psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence, for example through achieving 65% or above (or equivalent) at Masters/Doctoral level in a research degree relevant to clinical psychology. Please send copies of all relevant academic transcripts directly to the Programme Administrator 3. Demonstrate at least one year’s full-time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology. Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entail and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting

Months of entry


Course content

Our course has been developed in partnership with commissioners from the East of England Strategic Health Authority, our University, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS Trusts based in the Essex region. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC).

Our programme benefits from the input and support of clinicians based in Essex and at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. These clinicians also contribute to the teaching, research, placements and other operational activities. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has a national role in providing mental health training with a particular emphasis on multi-disciplinary work.

With a relatively small number of trainees in each cohort, we offers trainees the opportunity to work very closely with our staff and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees' personal and professional development, provides an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees' career-long personal and professional development.

Our programme is particularly well-integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region (and often within North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust (NEPFT)) contribute directly through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory-practice integration.

Our programme is grounded in an integrative approach to therapeutic approaches. Our link with the Tavistock further contributes to the integrative nature of the programme and contributes to the research and clinical excellence of the programme.

Information for international students

Part-time study only. If an applicant's first language is not English, they should obtain at least IELTS 7 (with no component below 7).

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872854