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Clinical Psychology Doctorate, ClinPsyD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #87 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom
This Clinical Psychology Doctorate from University of Birmingham comprises a combination of academic teaching, research and research training, and professional training during clinical placements. 
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You complete five placements in a range of health settings in the West Midlands.

You will spend approximately 50% of your time in clinical practice, with the remainder divided between teaching, research and academic workshops. Workshops are delivered by experienced local clinicians and experts in the relevant clinical area. Time is scheduled for private study, academic assignments and research. Although there are some longer teaching blocks, a typical week consists of one day teaching, one day study and three days placement throughout the year. The programme is examined by continuous assessment, with students completing a series of assignments and projects over the three years.

This Clinical Psychology Doctorate from University of Birmingham has a long and distinguished history, producing over 500 qualified Clinical Psychologists since 1967. It leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers Chartered status with the BPS.


Birmingham is one of the major centres for clinical psychology training in the UK and most graduates take up posts in NHS departments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course structure:

  • This programme is subject to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise regulations, to which trainees are required to sign up. 
  • Research, which is conducted in the second and third years of the programme, is written up for examination in the form of two papers for publication. The programme is organised on a collaborative basis with local NHS psychologists, and many local clinicians are involved in teaching.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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

  • You must have at least a 2:1 degree or recognised equivalent at undergraduate level you will need to provide a certificate or transcript showing your degree level at the time of applying. 
  • We welcome applicants with higher degrees; these should ideally be in a clinically relevant area. 
  • We do not accept applicants with a 2:2 at undergraduate level, even if they have a Master's or PhD. 
  • Whilst people who have taken conversion courses are not at a disadvantage in our process, we do require their original degree to be 2:1 or above. 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 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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