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Clinical Psychology Doctor of (DClinPsy), Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) integrates research and clinical practice in order to prepare you for practice as a professional Clinical Psychologist. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and for Chartered Clinical status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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About this course

The clinical psychology programme at Newcastle is one of the longest established training programmes in the UK, having celebrated over 50 years in practice. It is part of the School of Psychology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, at Newcastle University.

It is closely integrated with the NHS, particularly with our NHS colleagues in the local psychology services and those in Health Education North East which is part of Health Education England.

The programme integrates research and clinical practice throughout all aspects of the training in order to prepare you for practice as professional Clinical Psychologists, eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and for Chartered Clinical status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The aim of the programme is to develop clinically competent and effective scientist practitioners who are able to contribute to and develop the knowledge base through the understanding, production and utilisation of research findings.

The programme is committed to an evidence based and empirically grounded ethos. You will also be enabled to develop key skills and qualities in collaboration, reflection and leadership.

Teaching and training draws on current research, and trainees are required to demonstrate the links between theory and practice throughout their training. Our trainees need to develop and demonstrate competence in the current evidence-based and widely-practiced aspects of clinical psychology. You will develop capability in the critical appreciation of relevant empirical literature and clinical theory. This will allow you to draw upon and contribute to the research basis for clinical practice and solve relevant problems systematically.

Quality and Ranking

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for Psychology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.



We have strong and established links with our regional partners who provide considerable input and support to the programme. The programme has been developed and is supported by the close involvement of regional clinicians and Special Interest Groups who contribute greatly to the teaching on the course.

Close links with the region's psychologists enable a wide selection of practical experience to be offered in a variety of general and specialist settings, both within urban and rural areas.



The academic teaching is delivered by programme, NHS staff and external contributors and is research led and evidence based, with the academic syllabus mirroring as much as possible the trainees’ experience on clinical placement.

The principal therapeutic models taught on the programme are cognitive-behaviour therapy and systemic therapy. There is an emphasis on these two models within the first two years of training.

In the latter part of training, there are introductions to other emerging treatment approaches such as cognitive analytic therapy, EMDR and other models where there is demonstrable or emerging evidence of their clinical effectiveness.



Clinical experience takes place during four, six month core placements followed by an elective placement of 11 months. All placements are based in local NHS psychology services and continue throughout the programme for two to four and a half days per week.

Overall, you will spend about half of the programme on placement. Core placements cover Adult Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability and Older Adults.

In year three you can arrange an elective placement in a specialty of your choice. Meetings between you, your clinical tutor and supervisor take place regularly to establish appropriate learning objectives and to monitor progress within and between placements.

All clinical placements for the first two years are provided within the geographical area we cover which extends from the Scottish Borders to Cumbria to North Durham. Trainees can undertake a final year elective placement reflecting their own interests and training needs.


The systemic learning stream within the second year provides accreditable foundation level AFT training, and we are currently exploring BABCP level 2 pathway accreditation, both of which would be optional to trainees. 

We run a strong Neuropsychology Pathway, designed to help Trainees who may be interested in specialising in Clinical Neuropsychology post DClinPsy to gain a knowledge base.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    The application deadline is December for you to start the programme the following September.

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

Programme Structure

See Modules tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology. 2:2 honours degrees will be considered if you have evidence of subsequent academic achievement equivalent to a good 2.1. This could include a PhD or an MSc at the level of merit or distinction.Your qualification must confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). You need to be eligible for the GBC by the time you apply. You can check whether your qualification confers on the BPS site. Please contact the BPS direct if you have any queries.You application needs to include any academic publications and research experience, such as an MSc, PhD or other relevant research or service evaluation work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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UK/EU - Fees are paid by the NHS.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 and 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

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