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Clinical Psychology, DClinPsychol

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The standard qualification for a career in clinical psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Edinburgh will entitle you to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council and chartered status with the British Psychological Society.
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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 Clinical Psychology programme from The University of Edinburgh 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.

Career opportunities

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    All applications for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology are processed by the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      36-60 mth FT

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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:

  • Clinical Psychology I
  • Adult Mental Health
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Research  

Year 2 courses:

  • Clinical Psychology II
  • Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Neuropsychology and Older Adults
  • Research  

Year 3 courses:

  • Advanced Practice (seminars covering different specialist populations, e.g. psychosis, trauma, eating disorders, and therapies, such as ACT, IPT, CAT, Mentalization, Schema Therapy)

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

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).

General Requirements

  • 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). 
  • Applicants who have completed a Masters level conversion programme in Psychology that confers GBC and have achieved a 2.1 level or equivalent (an average of 60% or higher) will be viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original undergraduate degree confers GBC.
  • You should have relevant experience that allows you to apply psychological principles in practice. 
  • You will be required to attend an interview.

Work Experience


Tuition Fee

The base fee and additional research costs of the programme are paid for by NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


  • Trainees are funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The current arrangement is that NES pay fees, trainee salaries, and travel expenses. Those accepted on these funded places are currently employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study, through one of the Scottish health boards.
  • Trainees start employment at spine point 21 on the Agenda for Change Salary band 6. This increases to spine point 22 at the start of year 2 and spine point 23 at the start of year 3. All pay increases are subject to satisfactory progression.

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