University of East London

Course Introduction

This Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) course provides a comprehensive training programme comprising concurrent academic teaching (on average two days per week) and clinical work placements based mainly in the NHS (on average three days per week). The overarching purpose of the training course is to supply highly competent clinical psychologists for the NHS and related settings. On successful completion of training you will meet the Health and Care Professions Council's requirements for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist. You will also satisfy the British Psychological Society?s Committee on Training in Clinical Psychology requirements (BPS, CTCP) for becoming a Chartered Psychologist. You will participate in a broad-based clinical-academic programme, designed and taught by a diverse core team, selected invited external speakers and NHS specialists. The course covers all of the major theoretical and clinical approaches to clinical psychology.

This training course requires you to fulfil two main minimum criteria in order to apply. You need at least a year?s experience of paid relevant clinical-academic work, such as an assistant psychologist in the NHS or a research assistant. During the training course you will be robustly assessed to evaluate your clinical performance, academic achievement and your ability to integrate these two elements. As this is a doctoral-level programme, you will need to be able to work at this standard and produce an original research thesis by the end of training. The course team will support your development using both a broadly critical and open-minded stance to working with clients and services. The team questions the idea of distress as being something that simply occurs inside individuals, and encourages a perspective that puts individual distress in its social context. In the most recent BPS accreditation, our Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology was widely praised for its structure, quality of teaching, clinical rigour and philosophy. In the context of a critical and innovative approach, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective clinical psychologist across different client groups and work settings. You will also learn how to apply knowledge and theory to different ways of working, such as direct therapy, indirect working (e.g. consultation), staff support, service development and organisational change. You will gain core skills in assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions. Your effective core therapy skills will include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and at least one other approach.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
DClinPsych Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
DClinPsych European Fees
3 years
Full Time
DClinPsych Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology (BPS Accredited). They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants are required to have relevant Work Experience. Applicants are required to have current membership and Professional Registration with a relevant regulatory body.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have an overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 7