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Clinical Practice (Research)

The University of Exeter

48 months
9375 GBP/year
6950 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The main aim of this Clinical Practice (Research) programme at The University of Exeter is to provide a training in research for psychoanalytically- and systemically-informaed psychological therapists, currently working clinically. 


Key Features

A further programme aim is to develop innovative research which combines psychoanalytic or systemic concepts and processes with established and emerging research approaches including social science methods.

By the end of the Clinical Practice (Research) programme at The University of Exeter we aim to have enabled members to:

  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of research methodologies applicable to their area of clinical practice or interest;
  • Become research ‘literate’.
  • Develop the capacity to critically review and reflect upon the theoretical and clinical assumptions underlying their practice;
  • Independently evaluate research using advanced scholarship and understanding of research methodologies and design and to able to understand and argue for alternative approaches;
  • Conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge relevant to psychotherapy practice;
  • Develop a substantial, in-depth and systematic understanding of an area of their clinical practice;
  • Analyse and manage ethical dilemmas and to work in an ethical manner;
  • Act independently and with originality in relation to problem solving, planning and implementing tasks at an advanced level;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • In building upon programme members’ sound clinical grounding the programme emphasises the development of evidence based practice and practice based evidence. 
  • Students are helped to consider what constitutes evidence; the particular strengths and weaknesses of particular kinds of evidence including the single case approach associated with many psychotherapeutic traditions. 
  • The programme considers the clinician as researcher; the research use that may be made of countertransferential evidence acquired in the clinical session; the formulation of hypotheses in the therapeutic encounter; their extrapolation into generalised hypotheses of human psychological functioning and the problems in so doing; the uses of extra-analytic information and theory as something which illuminates clinical practice or alternatively intrudes upon the patient therapist interaction.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most subject areas do no have specific deadlines for applications, though the majority of students start in September.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible for the programme applicants will be qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists or trainees in at least the third year of training, with an existing qualification at Masters level or equivalent. Some professional psychotherapy trainings or mental health trainings, for example, may be considered as equivalent but you should discuss this with programme staff, ideally prior to application. Potential applicants to the course who wish to discuss their application further can contact:

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9375 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37500 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.
  • National

    6950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27800 GBP for the full programme during 48 months.


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