Research course

Clinical Practice Doctorate

University of Exeter · Psychology

Entry requirements

Please see general programme details and contact us to discuss.

Months of entry


Course content

The DClinPrac is a research doctorate providing training in research for psychological therapists, currently working with complex cases, relevant to their area and modality of clinical practice. Currently we are able to provide this for people who have undertaken a substantial Psychoanalytic or a substantial Systemic, clinical training.

The programme of teaching, academic assignments and supervised research training and usually takes three and a half years to complete. It may be undertaken as a free standing course by applicants who have successfully completed a substantial psychotherapeutic clinical training as a Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic therapist or Analyst (British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) registered or equivalent); as a Child psychotherapist (Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)(or equivalent) as a Family or Couples’ Therapist ( or equivalent)or as a Group Analyst (Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) member or equivalent). Alternatively it may be undertaken by trainees on one of the above trainings but not before the beginning of the third year of their clinical training.

In addition to a sound clinical grounding the programme also emphasises the development of evidence based practice and practice based evidence. With students we consider what constitutes evidence; the particular strengths and weaknesses of particular kinds of evidence including the traditional single case approach traditionally associated with psychoanalytic ideas. We also consider the clinician as researcher; the countertransferential evidence acquired in the clinical session; the formulation of hypotheses in the therapeutic encounter; their extrapolation in generalised hypotheses of human psychological functioning; the need to generalise from these and the problems in so doing; the uses of extra-analytic information and theory as something which illuminates clinical practice or alternatively intrudes upon the patient therapist interaction.

Exeter has an international reputation for research relevant to psychotherapeutic clinical practice. It is part of Clinical Education Development And Research (CEDAR) within the department of Psychology at Exeter. As well as senior and experienced analytically trained clinicians who are also working in various clinical setting, teaching on the programme, students also have access to senior, research active supervisors and teachers in a range of research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, with a wide spectrum of research interests.

Department specialisms

Animal Behaviour, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Mood Disorders, and Social, Environmental and Organisational Psychology.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months
part time
36-72 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 723122