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.
  • Select the current job description and person specification for the position of Trainee Clinical Psychologist.

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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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:

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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

We invite applications from people who are qualified to train for three years, full time, at doctoral level to become clinical psychologists who will be eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. The course is based at Plymouth University and trainees have placements in Cornwall, Plymouth and South Devon.

We have two entry requirements.

One is a degree in Psychology, or other degree plus a conversion course (at diploma or Masters level), and eligibility at the time of application for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). We do not have specific requirements for applicants' degree classification. We welcome applicants with an interest in learning from their life experiences, both personally and professionally.

The second entry requirement is relevant experience of at least one year whole time equivalent (not including undergraduate placements). This will preferably comprise evidence of several months in a single role. It is helpful to have had clinical experience that has been supervised by a qualified clinical psychologist and to have current understanding of the profession of clinical psychology. Please see the entry requirements section of our website for further details about relevant clinical experience provided by our Clinical Lead.

Please express in your application if COVID19 has compromised your ability to meet our clinical experience requirements during 2020/21.

Our English proficiency requirement is IELTS (7.0) in all components or a TOEFL score of 93.

The course welcomes applicants from diverse cultural and personal contexts, mature applicants with extensive life experience. We welcome applications from people with disabilities, please contact us to discuss your specific situation. The University operates an equal opportunities policy. The recruitment and selection processes for the Plymouth Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme comply with Plymouth University Admissions Policy. Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, colour, gender, creed, sexual orientation, age or disability. We apply Sections 158 and 159 of the Equal Opportunities Act in our selection process.

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

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

Current UK/EU trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements. On entry to the programme all trainees commence on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales. Travelling expenses are currently paid for travel to placement and University fees are currently paid directly by the NHS. Candidates for 2021 entry should check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page.

Our trainee numbers for entry in September 2021 are to be confirmed for NHS places. We are no longer recruiting international self funded applicants.

For specific questions please contact Michele Thomas, Course Administrator

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

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

Studying at University of Plymouth 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 University of Plymouth

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Staff teaching on the DClin course