Clinical Psychology

University of Surrey

Ph. D. On Campus
48 months
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The PsychD Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey offers a combination of opportunities that’s hard to match elsewhere. You’ll get training that combines theory and methods, as well as experience of contemporary clinical psychology practice. 


Why choose this course

The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK. We specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research with a strong theoretical context. We’re at the cutting edge of psychology research, and have been the focus for many cross-national studies. We’ve received funding from many research councils, as well as local and national government. 

We offer excellent graduate employment prospects, and are one of the biggest psychology postgraduate training schools in the country. 

This course puts special emphasis on psychological practice, and will prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist. Completing our PsychD Clinical Psychology will make you eligible to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What you will study

The PsychD in Clinical Psychology is a three-year practitioner doctorate course which provides professional clinical psychology training based on a coherent synthesis of psychological theory, research and clinical practice.

You will begin your training with six weeks of compulsory teaching, which will introduce you to the NHS, and will provide you with a solid foundation of working psychotherapeutically using cognitive behavioural therapy to prepare you for your first placement. You will then begin your clinical practice, spending two and a half days a week on clinical placement, two days back at the University for teaching or research, and half a day on private study. This pattern will continue for your three years of full-time training (although there is no formal teaching during August). Most of your teaching will support each of your placements, so you will be properly equipped to work with your clients. 

Over three years, you will build up the breadth and depth of your clinical skills in both applied psychology and psychotherapy, and by the end of the programme you will be equipped to work with a wide variety of different clients in different contexts. 

Programme Structure

Research themes

The focus of our research is mental health, wellbeing and recovery.  

Our research is organised within three main strands:

  • Drugs, alcohol and addictive behaviours 
  • Self and identity
  • Psychosocial interventions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are expected to:

  • Eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration from the BPS
  • A minimum of a 2:1 degree in psychology (or suitable equivalent, please see below)
  • At least one year's (whole time equivalent) sustained, recent experience in clinically related areas (see pre-requisites section for additional details).

As the programme is training professionals for the NHS, we cannot accept applications from non-EU countries.

Tuition Fee

To be confirmed


Current trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements. On entry to the programme all trainees commenced on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

Travelling expenses are currently paid for travel to placement, and University fees are currently paid directly by the NHS. 

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Clinical Psychology
University of Surrey


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