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Clinical Psychology, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has a strong local identity given its partnership with Essex-based trusts, as well as a special link with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Essex- and Tavistock-based clinical psychologists make a significant contribution to the teaching, research, placement and other operational activities of the programme. 


We train clinical psychologists to deliver integrative psychological services by drawing on a wide range of competencies as critical and reflective scientist-practitioners. The hope is that all trainees will later work in Essex or in the East of England region.

The programme gives a grounding in a range of psychological approaches and encourages trainees to provide and develop clinical services that are responsive to the needs of service users and the demands of a modern NHS.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The teaching philosophy underpinning the course is the integration of academic, research and clinical practice learning. You are encouraged to be active participants in your training and to reflect constructively and analytically on the work you are engaged in. Our course has a number of distinctive features:

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

A 2:2 honours degree in Psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence, for example through achieving 65% or above (or equivalent) at Masters/Doctoral level in a research degree relevant to clinical psychology.

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    Applicants must submit the following completed documents with their online application form:
    • Academic reference pro-forma
    • Clinical reference pro-forma
    • CV pro-forma
    • Online application
    • Academic transcripts and certificates

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            25000 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 25000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
          • National

            17061 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 17061 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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          Living costs for Colchester

          • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
            Living Costs

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