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Doctorate On Campus

Clinical Psychology

University of Essex

36 months
Tuition fee
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The Professional Doctorate Clinical Psychology programme from Essex, University of, benefits from the input and support of clinicians based in South and North East Essex, particularly Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. Some input into psychodynamic teaching is also provided by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. 

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The Professional Doctorate Clinical Psychology programme is housed in the vibrant academic and research community of the School of Health and Social Care, which has an excellent reputation for research and teaching in health and social care, and it is committed to inter-professional learning.


Some of the benefits of studying on our programme at Essex, University of, include:

  • Our relatively small trainee cohorts offer trainees the opportunity to work closely with the programme team and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees' personal and professional development, provide an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees' career-long personal and professional development.
  • The programme is particularly well integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region contribute directly to the course through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory-practice integration.
  • Trainees on this programme benefit from teaching input from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the possibility for some trainees to have a 3rd year placement there.
  • The programme aims to develop the critical and reflective competencies of trainees. We provide learning opportunities for developing flexibility, leadership skills and reflective practice that are essential to meet the challenges faced by the profession of clinical psychology and by health services.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Supervised Clinical Practice 
  • Clinical Applications 
  • Clinical Research 
  • Personal and Professional Development 
  • Clinical Interventions and Skills 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no application deadline and we aim to respond to applications within four weeks.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.
  • A BPS accredited degree in Psychology with a high 2:1 or above. 
  • A recognised international degree in Psychology, equivalent to a UK high 2:1 degree 
  • A BPS accredited conversion degree in Psychology with an average mark of 65% or above.
  • A 2:2 honours degree in Psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence.
  • Applicants also need to understand the role of clinical psychologists working within the UK healthcare system and demonstrate their understanding and adherence to core NHS principles and values. 
  • You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check 
  • A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

Work experience

  • Demonstrate at least one year's full-time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology.
  •  Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entails and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.

Tuition Fee

  • Home/UK fee
TBCFees for funded places are paid by Health Education East of England.
  • International fee
TBCFee includes £5000 bench fee.
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Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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