Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #41 ,
The PhD/MSc by Research programme provides the opportunity to do a substantial piece of research in an area linked to clinical and health psychology and to develop excellent research skills in the process.


The PhD/MSc by Research programme offers the possibility to work with and be supervised by a range of clinical academics across many areas of clinical psychology, who have international reputations and outstanding publications in their areas of expertise.

Current areas of expertise include

  • children and adolescents,
  • adult psychological problems,
  • older adults,
  • neuropsychology and learning disabilities.

Specific areas of interest include cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, cognition and emotion, quality of life, psychosis, staff training, health psychology, and qualitative approaches.

Recent successful PhD topics have included:

  • Eating disorders and emotion
  • Chronic pain
  • Quality of Life and Intellectual Disabilities
  • An Intervention for Bipolar Disorders

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


The aims of the PhD/MSc by Research programme are:

  • to carry out a substantial piece of research in a clinical or health psychology related area
  • to develop high level research skills in a clinical-related area
  • to help develop a research an academic career
  • to carry out a specific piece of applied research, especially where someone is already employed and is sponsored to do a part-time research degree


The PhD programme runs over three years full-time and six years part-time.

In the first year, students typically choose a number of optional taught postgraduate courses from within the School of Health, or other Schools within the University, as appropriate to their research programme, and as agreed with their supervisor.

Subsequent years of the PhD programme primarily focus on the completion and analysis of the main research project, which can then be written up and completed by the end of the third year.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Academic requirements

  1. A First or 2:1 in Psychology or a closely related subject. For international equivalencies, please click to:
  2. An outline research proposal of approximately 1000 words that gives a summary of key references, research question, proposed research design, and population group of interest
  3. Names and details of two referees
  4. If English language is not the first language, then an IELTS of 6.5+, or equivalent

Points to consider in your research proposal

  • Why the topic is of interest to you. This will include an indication of how the proposed research grows out of your personal and/or professional development.
  • How your proposed research will build on and/or contribute to knowledge (including professional practice). This will include brief discussion of existing literature, an indication of the debates or gaps in knowledge you wish to address, and/or the theoretical or conceptual framework you plan to adopt or explore.
  • How you will conduct the research, including consideration of ethical issues. Under this heading please identify the methodological and/or ethical challenges you anticipate: you do not need to resolve them at this stage.

Tuition Fee


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