Research course


University of Lincoln · School of Psychology

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Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in psychology recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and a minimum of one year’s relevant experience. Candidates with a 2:2 degree may be considered if they also have a Master’s.

Candidates should have previous supervised practical experience relevant to clinical training which demonstrates that they have the personal and intellectual resources, including writing skills, to pursue a challenging and demanding postgraduate training course.

Postgraduate research experience can be an advantage. The capacity to be critical and analytical, to work in a self-motivated independent way and to set personal priorities is essential; innovative and entrepreneurial potential is highly desirable. Candidates should have a long-standing interest in clinical psychology and a strong understanding and commitment to the positive and unique contribution psychologists can make to the NHS.

Excellent interpersonal skills at a level appropriate for dealing with people in distress and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines are expected.

The programme covers a large geographical area and teaching is provided at both universities, so a current driving licence or other means of being independently mobile is essential. Trainees should expect to travel for at least 2 and a half hours per day (between both universities and from base to placement).

The programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions and successful candidates will be employed by one of the three partner Trusts listed above. All applicants are subject to the same selection process and criteria regardless of which NHS Trust employs them.

Months of entry


Course content

The Trent (Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham) Programme is a multi-agency collaboration between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham.

This programme is designed to develop the confidence required to perform as highly effective individual clinicians and in the leadership and consultancy roles expected of the clinical psychologist of the future.

The Trent Programme is designed to train people from diverse backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to inform their practice as HCPC registered and BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologists.

The programme aims to develop the strengths of both scientist-practitioner and reflective-practitioner stances, skills in a variety of assessment, formulation and intervention techniques, confidence in using research methods to answer clinical questions, organisational and service evaluation skills, and awareness of priority groups within the NHS.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Judith Tompkins
+44 (0)1522 886029