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Clinical Psychology

University of Surrey

48 months
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At the Clinical Psychology programme of the University of Surrey we offer professional clinical psychology training, based on a unique combination of psychological theory, research and clinical practice within the NHS, delivered in an inclusive and supportive environment.


Why choose this programme

Finding creative ways to support people with mental health difficulties has come sharply into focus, with the Department of Health calling for more digital-ready clinicians and NHS England committing to a digitised mental healthcare provision by 2024. To meet this new approach, we’ll train you to deliver online therapies via telephone or videocall and we’ll introduce you to new tools, such as mobile apps, VR and avatar-based software.

You’ll benefit from our applied and policy-oriented teaching and research, which has a strong theoretical context. We also have a longstanding history of research funding, contributing to both national and global research projects.

On successful completion of the Clinical Psychology programme of the University of Surrey, you’ll have the academic and practice requirements needed to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to work as a Clinical Psychologist.

What you will study

You’ll begin your training with six weeks of teaching, where you’ll be introduced to the NHS and gain a solid foundation to working psychotherapeutically, using cognitive behavioural therapy to prepare you for your first placement. You’ll then start 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 completing individual study.

This pattern will continue for your three years of full-time training (although there’s no formal teaching during August). Most of your teaching will support each of your placements, ensuring you’re properly provisioned to work with your clients.

During this time, you’ll build up the breadth and depth of your clinical skills in both applied psychology and psychotherapy, and by the end of the course you’ll be equipped to work with a wide variety of different clients in different contexts.

Alongside your teaching and placements, you’ll conduct research in a related area. Current students are researching topics including:

  • How do facilitators explain paternal absence from parenting groups? 
  • Mindfulness and positive workplace outcomes: an evaluation of the Headspace mindfulness app 
  • Understanding the role emotional intimacy plays in the lives of professional, mid-life men. 

You’ll develop your literature review, research proposal writing and critical academic skills by attending workshops and seminars, and you’ll explore research methodologies through group discussions.

Programme Structure

Research themes

Our research investigates mental health, wellbeing and recovery, with a focus on:

  • Drugs, alcohol and addictive behaviours, including gambling, and identification and intervention for legal and illicit substance use and misuse.
  • Psychosocial interventions, including group therapy for personality disorder, telepsychology (e-mental health) and the role of mindfulness in wellbeing at work.
  • Self and identity, including embodied identity, making sense of the self, recovery, self-contamination, self-disclosure and shame.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration from the BPS
  • Hold a minimum of a 2:1 degree in psychology (or suitable equivalent please see below)
  • Demonstrate at least one year's (whole time equivalent) sustained, recent experience in clinically related areas.
  • As the programme is training professionals for the NHS, applicants need to have the right to work in the UK and settled status.
  • Entry to this programme is conditional on a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB).
  • Applicants are required to hold a current, valid UK driving licence and have access to transport for work purposes.
  • We particularly welcome applications from candidates from groups that are under-represented amongst clinical psychologists and from candidates who have followed non-traditional career paths.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Guildford

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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