Department of Psychology

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology entry requirements

You must meet all essential criteria to be considered for a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. All places are NHS funded, so there are some specific requirements you must meet.

We operate a double tick system and welcome applications from applicants with a disability.

Essential criteria

Criteria Note
You must hold either:
  • a 1st class or 2:1 in an undergraduate psychology degree, or
  • an undergraduate degree in another subject, with a Masters level conversion course (merit or distinction).
We will not accept any other qualifications or class of degree different to these.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS) Candidates from non-GBC accredited courses need to apply themselves for membership.
Clinical experience There is no required amount, but you must have some relevant experience.
Two satisfactory references One reference should be academic and the other a relevant experience reference.
Personal qualities and values consistent with the NHS constitution You must demonstrate that you can give the highest standards of professional care. You must demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice.
Eligibility for Home/EU fee status  
The right to work in the UK Health Education South West commissions the programme and provides trainees with financial support. You must ensure before applying that you are eligible for NHS funding for both tuition fee and salary support (bursary). We do not currently offer any self-funded places.
An adequate level of English (if this is not your first language) Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of study.
  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
  • Completion of a degree in an English-speaking country, studied for a period of at least three years.

All applicants who meet the essential entry criteria will be allocated an academic score. Top scoring candidates will then be considered by our shortlisting panels. You will be ranked on desirable criteria.

Desirable criteria

Criteria Note
Appropriate research experience This must be in addition to an undergraduate project. Suitable experience would include an MSc, PhD or other relevant research, service audit or evaluation. This can occur in the context of an undergraduate placement year.

Developing/coordinating research and applying for ethics approval will be rated more highly than data collection/entry.
Appropriate work experience We give credit for the amount of experience and more credit for work experience in:
  • the NHS or a health or social care setting (such as those commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups)
  • experience with a wider range of client groups or variety of settings
  • direct experience of therapy under appropriate supervision (such as an assistant psychologist or psychological wellbeing practitioner)
  • structured clinical or neuropsychological assessments
  • clinical health psychology.
We value significant voluntary work over and above full-time education or employment.
Publications We give credit for, first or second authorship, publications in peer-reviewed journals but also give credit for oral and poster presentations at national conferences and contribution to substantive health service publications.
Additional skills and competencies We value a range of additional activities, skills and training (such as postgraduate certificate level training and counselling courses). Valued indirect skills include:
  • leadership skills
  • teaching qualifications
  • community involvement projects
  • drama skills
  • competency in different languages
  • publishing
  • media experience.

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