Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych), Doctorate

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


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.

Course Features

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:

Optimal training experience

As a programme with a relatively small number of trainees in each cohort, it offers trainees the opportunity to work very 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, provides 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 (and often within North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust (NEPFT)) contribute directly to the programme 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.

Integrative approach

The programme is grounded in an integrative approach to therapeutic approaches. The link with the Tavistock further contributes to the integrative nature of the programme and contributes to the research and clinical excellence of the programme.

Reflective skills training

The programme aims to hone the critical and reflective competencies of trainees and to produce competent clinicians who are able to function as autonomous applied psychologists / scientist-practitioners in a fast-changing health service context. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Example structure:

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


          • Dr Frances Blumenfeld, Programme Director and Clinical Lead
          • Dr Danny Taggart, Lecturer and Academic Lead
          • Dr Leanne Andrews, Senior Lecturer
          • Dr Susan McPherson, Senior Lecturer
          • Dr Lisa Wood, Lecturer
          • Dr Ben Donner, Lecturer
          • Dr Peter Appleton, Honorary Senior Lecturer

          English Language Requirements

          You need the following IELTS score:

          • Minimum required score:


            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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          Academic Requirements

          Whether you are a Home/EU or Overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same. You will need to:

          1. Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS

          2. Academic Qualifications: 

          • at least a high 2.1 honours degree in psychology or
          • a recognised overseas degree in psychology, equivalent to at least a high 2.1 honours degree in psychology or
          • a BPS accredited conversion degree in psychology with an average mark of 65% or above or
          • a lower second class or low 2.1 honours degree in psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence at Masters/Doctoral level in a research degree relevant to clinical psychology.

          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 entail and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.

          Tuition Fee Per Year

          • GBP 13350 International
          • GBP 4200 EU/EEA


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