Research course

Clinical Psychology Doctorate

University of Exeter · Psychology

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) when they apply to the programme and a BPS recognised undergraduate honours degree at 2:1 level. Only those candidates who have GBC will be considered.

Applicants who obtained a 2:2 honours degree in a BPS recognised undergraduate degree might be eligible to apply but would need additional minimum postgraduate (Masters level that has a clear research component) qualifications to demonstrate academic competence for a Doctoral level programme.

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme prepares trainees for work as clinical psychologists in the National Health Service (NHS). The programme is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). On successful completion of the course trainees will be able to apply for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HPC in order to practice. In addition successful completion of the three-year programme confers eligibility for chartered clinical psychologist status with the BPS. Those who join the programme are registered as University postgraduate research students and trainee psychologists, working with an NHS contract in the South West of England.

The Exeter DClinPsy programme is based on a reflective scientist practitioner model. As such, it draws on the research/evidence-base to inform clinical activities. This approach is reflected in each of the three modules. The critical role of research evidence as a unifying perspective for research experiences and clinical activities is viewed as a fundamental aspect of the programme. This integration is achieved through course work, research and clinical activities and the latter two experiences are achieved by close working relationships with selected faculty members. This "learning by doing" approach benefits students by continuously involving them in active research projects as well as supervised clinical practice.

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students

The English language ability requirement for entry to the programme is a score of at least 7.0 on IELTS (Health & Care Professions Council Standard of Proficiency 1b.3). If English is not your first language, and your degree was not taught and examined in English, we require you to provide evidence that you meet the HCPC standard.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DClinPsy
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 722149