Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Aims and objectives

This is a full-time course lasting 36 months and leads to the award of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol)


This training programme includes a significant taught component and extensive supervised clinical practice in addition to a research component. It is recognized by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as meeting their requirements for registration and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as professional training for a career as a Clinical Psychologist and confers eligibility for Chartered Status of the BPS.


At the end of the programme the student will be able to:

  • perform as a competent and ethical clinical psychologist
  • assess a wide range of psychological problems at different levels of a system (e.g. service users, families or wider systems) in a variety of settings across the lifespan and at different levels of intellectual functioning using interview, observational and formal testing methods
  • formulate these problems using psychological theory and reformulate in the light of new information
  • intervene using a wide range of psychological approaches (direct and indirect) as appropriate, informed by psychological theory and the evidence base
  • evaluate the impact of interventions
  • work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and multi-agency system, including training, supervision and demonstrating qualities of leadership
  • have specialist knowledge and advanced therapeutic skills in one clinical area or model
  • critically appraise the literature relevant to clinical psychology
  • conduct basic clinical research using single case methods
  • conduct service evaluation
  • demonstrate advanced research competence in one area
  • actively engage in continued personal and professional development.

Please see the Clearing House website for more details on entry requirements and how to apply.