First taught in 1959, this advanced practitioner programme is one of the longest established of its kind in the UK.
The standard qualification for a career in clinical psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology will entitle you to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and chartered status with the British Psychological Society.
You'll be trained to an advanced level in the use of psychological interventions across a variety of settings, and gain competencies in the application of a range of therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy, and other approaches.
In addition to compulsory competencies in psychological therapies and clinical case management, you will also achieve advanced competencies in consultation and supervision, service development and governance and applied psychology research and evaluation.
The programme is constantly updated to ensure it reflects current practice, and you’ll be taught by lecturers who, as practitioners, are able to convey the most up-to-date methods and theories.
Thanks to our partnership with NHS Education for Scotland and a number of Scottish NHS boards, you’ll be employed throughout your training as a trainee clinical psychologist. Half of your training will be clinical practice-based and you will complete a number of clinical practice placements, usually within your employing NHS Health Board area, covering different specialties and service areas.
Once registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society, you will be eligible to apply for employment as a clinical psychologist in the NHS or with other organisations, and commence a rewarding career in this stimulating field.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
Your learning will be spread across six blocks, spaced throughout your years of training, and interspersed with supervised NHS placements in linked areas.
Placements cover a wide range of work in psychiatric, general, learning disability and rehabilitation hospitals, both in primary care settings and in the community.
Year 1 courses:
Year 2 courses:
Year 3 courses:
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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).
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).
A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. You must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (you may be eligible for GBC either through your undergraduate degree or through a GBC masters conversion course).
Relevant experience which allows the applicant to apply psychological principles in practice is essential. Experience of applying and/or disseminating research is desirable. Previous working contact with, and supervision by, a clinical psychologist is an advantage, but other relevant work (eg nursing, support work, experience in relevant voluntary organisations) will be considered. Experience working on a clinically focused research project would also be seen as relevant, particularly if it involved direct client contact. A good range and amount of relevant experience is an advantage, however, it is more important to demonstrate an ability to reflect on how this relates to clinical training and to the role of the clinical psychologist. Candidates will be expected to have a sound knowledge of psychological principles/models and be able to reflect on the application of these to human behaviour in general, their experience to date and future roles as a clinical psychologist.
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