The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has a strong local identity given its partnership with Essex-based trusts, as well as a special link with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. Essex- and Tavistock-based clinical psychologists make a significant contribution to the teaching, research, placement and other operational activities of the programme.
We train clinical psychologists to deliver integrative psychological services by drawing on a wide range of competencies as critical and reflective scientist-practitioners. The hope is that all trainees will later work in Essex or in the East of England region.
The programme gives a grounding in a range of psychological approaches and encourages trainees to provide and develop clinical services that are responsive to the needs of service users and the demands of a modern NHS.
You can apply for this course as a self-funded trainee (Home/EU or International fee status applicants), or you can apply as an NHS-funded trainee (Home/EU fee status applicants only). To find out more about this, take a look at our 'Information for applicants' page.
The teaching philosophy underpinning the course is the integration of academic, research and clinical practice learning. You are encouraged to be active participants in your training and to reflect constructively and analytically on the work you are engaged in. Our course has a number of distinctive features:
As a programme with a relatively small number of trainees in each cohort, it offers trainees the opportunity to work very closely with the programme team and with one another. Such close working relationships, combined with robust and holistic support systems for trainees’ personal and professional development, provides an optimal training experience and foundation for trainees’ career-long personal and professional development.
The programme is particularly well-integrated with local research and clinical networks. Clinicians working in the region (and often within Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)) contribute directly to the programme through teaching, supervision (on placements and as field research supervisors) and other aspects of the programme. This close collaboration provides many opportunities for ensuring strong theory-practice integration.
The programme is grounded in an integrative approach to therapeutic approaches. The link with the Tavistock further contributes to the integrative nature of the programme and contributes to the research and clinical excellence of the programme.
The programme aims to hone the critical and reflective competencies of trainees and to produce competent clinicians who are able to function as autonomous applied psychologists / scientist-practitioners in a fast-changing health service context. We provide learning opportunities for developing flexibility, leadership skills and reflective practice that are essential to meet the challenges faced by the profession of clinical psychology and by health services.
To undertake professional training leading to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology you will need to successfully complete designated clinical placements and clinical, research and academic assignments.
Before making your application please read Clinical Psychology page which includes FAQs and guidance for all applicants, and the pro-formas required for a self-funded application (Links to the pro-formas are also provided below).
Whether you are a Home/EU or overseas applicant, the entry requirements are the same.
The closing date for applications for October 2019 entry (University of Essex application form) 3 January 2019
NHS funded applicants should apply via the Clearing House,
• Applicants taking up a self-funded place will not be employed as a salaried NHS employee but the department would help to arrange an unsalaried contract with the host NHS Trust for the duration of training.
• Applicants taking up an NHS funded place will be employed as a salaried trainee clinical psychologist by the host NHS Trust for the duration of the training.
Applicants must submit the following completed documents with their online application form:
Applicants to the programme should:
Applicants also need to understand the role of clinical psychologists working within the UK healthcare system and demonstrate their understanding and adherence to core NHS principles and values. Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to applying psychological research and theories in a clinical setting. Applicants applying to NHS funded places on the programme need to demonstrate a commitment to working within the UK NHS and social care.
The programme does not offer Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL).
You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) and a Occupational Health Check - both of these are organised by the University.
A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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Demonstrate proficiency in English. If your first language is not English you will need to obtain at least level 7 (with no component below 7) on the IELTS or equivalent (eg TOEFL). The IELTS test should have been taken within the last two years. Note, there are no exceptions to this requirement.
£17,061Fees for funded places are paid by Health Education East of England.
£25,000Fee includes £5000 bench fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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