Research course

Psychology (Clinical)

University of Lincoln · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

All applicants must have a 2:1 honours degree in Psychology recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) 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. Candidates should note that with the Clearing House application the Relevant Experience Reference must be from your current employer.

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.

Information for international students

Trainees whose first language is not English will be required to have a recognised English language qualification achieved no more than two years prior to admission:

  • A British Council IELTS overall minimum score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0, achieved no more than 2 years prior to admission.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 73 (minimum 67).
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of “Pass with High Distinction”

Fees and funding

Successful applicants are currently employed as Trainee Clinical Psychologists by the appropriate local NHS Trust on a three-year fixed term contract; registration for the degree of DClinPsy is a condition of employment.

Our trainees are paid on NHS Agenda for Change pay band 6 and receive travelling expenses for all journeys associated with the training programme in line with normal NHS policies. All educational training costs are currently paid by Health Education England; funds are available to contribute to research costs.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Judith Tompkins
+44 (0)1522 886029