The three year full-time Health Care Professions Council approved and BPS accredited DClinPsy programme trains clinical psychologists who embody the scientist-practitioner ideal and will go on to become leaders in the NHS. Three days a week are spent on clinical placement and two days are for teaching and research. The programme is underpinned by a biopsychosocial framework and emphasises the integration of theory, research and practice in all aspects of training. The programme takes cognitive-behavioural therapy as its main therapeutic modality, and has particular strengths in family therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, neuropsychology and clinical health psychology.
Welcome to the UK?s oldest Clinical Psychology training programme. The three year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is based within the Department of Psychology. Trainees spend three days a week on supervised clinical practice placements and two days a week are for teaching, study and research.
To benefit patients, carers and wider society through training clinical psychologists who are skilled in evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention, who produce applied research of the highest quality and impact, and who will become leaders within the NHS.
Programme Philosophy & Aims
The three year training programme values the reflective scientist-practitioner model as a basis for clinical psychology. There is a strong emphasis on integration of theory, research and practice in all aspects of the programme.
The programme is underpinned by a biopsychosocial framework. This framework identifies biology, psychological and social factors that contribute across the lifespan to the development and maintenance of psychological difficulties and mental disorders, or conversely to wellness and resilience. Our understanding of this framework is that it is linked to a continuum view of psychological difficulty. Thus, the programme seeks to understand psychological difficulty from an assumption of commonality of experience and human potential.
The programme takes cognitive-behavioural therapy as its main therapeutic modality, reflecting the world-leading expertise within the department and wider Institute, and its evidence base. It also has particular strengths in family therapy, neuropsychology, mindfulness-based interventions, clinical health psychology, and the opportunities for research across the Institute are excellent. A further strength is the cohesive and comprehensive range of both local and national specialist placement opportunities, across three world-renowned NHS Trusts: South London and Maudsley, King?s College Hospital and Guy?s & St Thomas? ? known collectively as King?s Health Partners. A final strength is the vibrant and diverse communities within South East London, and the programme values and positively promotes diversity.
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- Domestic entry requirements: A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree in Psychology, or a different discipline where the candidate has achieved Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society via a conversion diploma. Candidates without the required minimum degree class must provide evidence of a qualification at Doctoral level. All applications are enhanced by evidence of a postgraduate qualification.
- International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic):7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill; TOEFL iBT: 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each communicative skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
- IELTS score: 7
- TOEFL score: 100