UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This 4-year full time, highly selective professional doctorate aims to develop the academic, clinical and research skills needed to practise as a professional Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and will lead to the award of DPsych and professional membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). In year one students receive direct teaching on research methodologies and the critical evaluation of research findings. They carry out an ?audit? within their clinical placement service and attend a series of lectures on evaluating clinical interventions. From the second year trainees will undertake a research project in an area relevant to the child psychotherapy profession, fully supported by a supervisor. This programme has been created with an emphasis on the practical research skills that will be needed by a modern practitioner and designed specifically to be completed within four full-time academic years. In this integrated programme research thinking will sit alongside the clinical programme so that graduates will become able to use research to inform their clinical practice.

The programme combines working in a clinical setting, with lectures and seminars to support academic development and the opportunity to complete a doctoral level research project. Teaching is offered in a small-group setting and aims to provide a thorough understanding of normal child development, childhood psychopathology and psychotherapeutic techniques linked with direct experience of clinical work and conducting relevant research. On completion of the Doctorate applicants are eligible to work in the NHS or voluntary sector as child psychotherapists accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Some continue with academic and research work in parallel with this.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
DPsych - Doctor in Psychology £5,210 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
DPsych - Doctor in Psychology £5,210 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
DPsych - Doctor in Psychology £24,250 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants must have an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject. There are a number of additional criteria, laid down by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), which applicants must fulfil before they can apply to this doctoral clinical training.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100