School of Psychology

DClinPsy Clinical Psychology

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.

Key features

  • 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.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Each year of this programme begins with an extended teaching block, the remaining teaching is then spread regularly throughout the year. The remainder of your time will be spent on clinical placements with teaching interspersed to complement the clinical experience you gain. Over the duration of the programme you will also undertake year-long placement periods. During your first year of study you will work with children, young people and families, and people with learning disabilities. As a first year trainee you will also gain a foundation level qualification in systemic family therapy (independently accredited by the Association of Family Therapy).
    Core modules
    • CPSY610 Clinical Practice (Year 1)

      Establishes learners¿ safe, effective and ethical application of core psychological proficiencies in clinical practice and psychological therapy (integrating psychological theory and evidence in accord with service users¿ values and priorities) including establishing effective therapeutic relationships and inter-disciplinary team working; assessment and formulation,; intervention and evaluation; communication, training and consultancy; professional practice; supervision and personal development; related to psychological health issues though practice-based learning usually with children, adolescents and learning disabled people.

    • CPSY611 Academic Competence (Year 1)

      This module establishes knowledge for the trainees in the 5 core course themes and core course philosophy underpinning clinical psychology.

    • CPSY612 Research 1

      This module constitutes the learning necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills in research methods required during the first year of the programme.

  • Year 2
  • In your second year, you will gain experience interacting with adults and older adults. In this year greater emphasis is placed on working with individuals.
    Core modules
    • CPSY613 Clinical Practice (Year 2)

      Extends learners' safe, effective and ethical application of core psychological proficiencies in clinical practice and psychological therapy ( integrating psychological theory and evidence in accord with service users' values and priorities) including establishing effective therapeutic relationships and inter-disciplinary team working; assessment and formulation,; intervention and evaluation; communication, training and consultancy; professional practice; supervision and personal development; through practice-based learning usually with adults and older adults.

    • CPSY615 Research 2

      This module constitutes the learning necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills in research methods required during the second year of the programme.

    • CPSY614 Academic Competence (Year 2)

      This module constitutes the learning necessary to acquire the academic knowledge and skills required during the second year of the programme. It develops further critical thinking in the 5 core course themes and core course philosophy underpinning clinical psychology.

  • Third year
  • Your third year is a time for consolidating your new skills and preparing for future work in the health service. This year will take account of current legislation and policy with regard to the role of clinical psychologists in the National Health Service. For example, emphasis has been placed on acquiring competencies in supervision, consultation and leadership in line with recent policy guidelines. Research activities bridge the academic and clinical components of the programme with time allocated particularly in year three for a major empirical research project.
    Core modules
    • CPSY616 Clinical Practice (Year 3)

      Consolidates learners' safe, effective and ethical application of core psychological proficiencies at advanced level in clinical practice and psychological therapy (integrating psychological theory and evidence in accord with service users' values and priorities) including establishing effective therapeutic relationships and inter-disciplinary team working; assessment and formulation; intervention and evaluation; communication, training and consultancy; professional practice; supervision and personal development; through practice based learning in any service setting, to the level of a newly-qualified practitioner.

    • CPSY617 Academic Competence (Year 3)

      This module constitutes the learning necessary to acquire the academic knowledge and skills required during the third year of the programme. It develops further critical and reflexive thinking, analysis and synthesis within clinical psychology and prepares trainees for commencing professional practice in the NHS.

    • CPSY618 Research 3

      This module constitutes the learning necessary to acquire the sophisticated knowledge and skills in research methods for them to be able to complete their major piece of empirical research.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 4083

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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.  

Professional indemnity insurance is required.

Clinical experience required

For further general entry requirements please visit the Clearing House website.


Fees, costs and funding

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How to apply

Selection 2017 Online Screening Window: The dates for the first stage of our selection process are Monday 20 February to Thursday 2 March. Please wait for further information, you will be contacted with joining instructions prior to the opening date.

All applications for postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychology are made via:

The Clearing House
Fairbairn House
71-75 Clarendon Road,
Leeds, LS2 9PL.

Telephone: +44 113 343 2737 or visit www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp

Selection 2017 Online Screening Window: The dates for the first stage of our selection process are Monday 20 February to Thursday 2 March. Please wait for further information, you will be contacted with joining instructions prior to the opening date.

Our selection process: find out more about the selection process you will participate in when applying to our DClinPsy programme.

Learn about the DClinPsy selection process

Nicole Parish presented her research at the final of the Vitae Three Minute Thesis competition in Manchester on 8th September 2015

Studying at Plymouth University has really encouraged me to take a critical look at all aspects of my practice, and this presentation will be a great way to showcase my work to a distinguished audience.

Nicole’s doctoral thesis is centred around the collaborative work necessary in accurately diagnosing cases of autism.

Find out more about Nicole's D.Clin.Psy research

Placements

Your placements will enable you to apply your psychological knowledge and skills in ways that are informed by an understanding of the complex worlds and circumstances in which people develop and live.

Learn more about placements

DClinPsy Clinical Psychology at Plymouth University

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Staff teaching on the DClin course