Taught course

Clinical Psychology

University of Plymouth · School of Psychology
DClinPsy by taught

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Entry requirements

You are required to have an honours degree in Psychology, a 1st or 2.1, that gives the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), or an equivalent qualification that gives GBC. If you have a 2.2 degree and have completed a further postgraduate academic research qualification may also be considered. Any conditional offers will subject to achieving a 2.1 or above. Additionally, you are required to have at least one to two years’ experience in relevant health settings. You must be employable as Trainee Clinical Psychologists in the NHS. We are looking for applicants who have an interest in learning from their life experiences, both personally and professionally.

Months of entry


Course content

Become a competent and capable clinical psychologist. Receive training which emphasises psychotherapy, reflective practice, complex clinical issues and applicable research skills. As the first in the country to be approved through a joint partnership between the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and having run since 1982, this programme will enhance your psychological career and enable you to become a highly reflective scientist practitioner.

  • Study an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised research degree, one of the first to award the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • Benefit from service user involvement through working closely with the Service User and Carer Consultative Group.
  • Widening participation in clinical psychology - candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome.
  • Benefit from our commitment to producing competent and capable clinical psychologists who work as highly reflective scientist practitioners.
  • Become eligible to apply for registration as clinical psychologists with the Health and Care Professions Council, with the opportunity to gain Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol) status, and full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology with the British Psychological Society.
  • Take advantage of excellent relationships with local services in the South West of England; local clinicians are committed to supporting training and offer a wide range of placements in both rural and urban settings.

Fees and funding

Successful applicants are employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Trainees are supported by training salaries from the South West Strategic Health Authority who also pay fees, accommodation during teaching at the University bases and travel expenses.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DClinPsy by taught
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Accredited by the BPS; FT clinical placements during course. Course qualifies trainees to work as clinical psychologists within NHS.

Course contact details

Clinical Teaching Unit
+44 (0)1752 586701