Taught course

Clinical Psychology

University of Essex · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Whether you are a Home/EU or Overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same. You will need to:

1. Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS

2. Academic Qualifications:

  • Possess at least a high 2.1 honours degree (with a 3rd year average of 65% or above) in psychology.


  • 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)


  • Possess a BPS accredited conversion degree in psychology with an average mark of 65% or above.


  • 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.

Transcripts for all qualifications must be included with your application.

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.

Note: the course does not offer Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning.

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has a strong local identity given its partnership with Essex-based trusts, as well as a special link with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Essex- and Tavistock-based clinical psychologists make a significant contribution to the teaching, research, placement and other operational activities of the programme.

We train clinical psychologists to deliver integrative psychological services by drawing on a wide range of competencies as critical and reflective scientist-practitioners. The hope is that all trainees will later work in Essex or in the East of England region.

The programme gives a grounding in a range of psychological approaches and encourages trainees to provide and develop clinical services that are responsive to the needs of service users and the demands of a modern NHS.

Information for international students

IELTS 7 overall with a minimum component score of 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


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872854