Postgraduate Research Course

Doctorate Clinical Psychology

(D Clin Psych)

Doctorate Clinical Psychology

Overview

The details
Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

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.

Funding options

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.

Course Features

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:

Optimal training experience

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.

Networks

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.

Integrative approach

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.

Reflective skills training

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.

Placements

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.

Professional accreditation

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.
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  • Taught modules help to guide and support your development of your research skills.
  • Gain the tools to demonstrate your expertise in both clinical practice and academic research.
  • Work with staff in our School who have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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.



All 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 to the programme should:

  • Have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.
  • Demonstrate at least one year's full-time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology. Applicants need to demonstrate that they have a realistic understanding of what the work of clinical psychologists entails and demonstrate experience of applying psychological theory in a clinical setting.
AND possess one of the following:
  • A BPS accredited degree in Psychology with a high 2:1 or above. The average mark for third year modules must be 65% or above.
  • OR
  • A recognised international degree in Psychology, equivalent to a UK high 2:1 degree (over 65%).
  • OR
  • A BPS accredited conversion degree in Psychology with an average mark of 65% or above.
  • OR
  • A 2:2 honours degree in Psychology with subsequent demonstration of academic competence, for example through achieving 65% or above (or equivalent) at Masters/Doctoral level in a research degree relevant to clinical psychology.

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.

International & EU entry requirements

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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English language requirements

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.

Structure

Example structure

Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current students, including details of all optional modules.

Supervised Clinical Practice 1

This module involves the processes and assessments relating to the development of ten core competencies at a level commensurate with the first year of training and relevant to working with adults and older adults. You complete two supervised practice placements (or their equivalent).

View Supervised Clinical Practice 1 on our Module Directory

Clinical Applications 1

This module covers three topic areas: Adult Mental Health, Older Adult Mental Health, and Neuropsychology. It allows you to gain the knowledge, understanding and competencies required to provide clinical psychological services to Adults, Older Adults, and people who require neuropsychological assessment and related interventions.

View Clinical Applications 1 on our Module Directory

Clinical Research 1

This module aims to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and values to plan and conduct research relevant to clinical psychology in health, social care or community settings. It will help you to acquire a broad understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods for research within clinical psychology.

View Clinical Research 1 on our Module Directory

Personal and Professional Development 1

On this module, you will attend fortnightly clinical seminars which foster reflective practice regarding your experience of training and your clinical practice placements; attend a reflective group; focus on diversity issues relevant to clinical psychology practice, theory and research; and explore the professional role and identity of clinical psychologist trainees.

View Personal and Professional Development 1 on our Module Directory

Clinical Interventions and Skills 1

This module lays the foundation for the clinical skills needed to work with adults and older people in the NHS and private and voluntary sectors. This includes both generic clinical skills and specific skills in two major approaches: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic therapy. The module combines a range of approaches to facilitate your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to these approaches.

View Clinical Interventions and Skills 1 on our Module Directory

Supervised Clinical Practise 2

This module involves the processes and assessments relating to the development of ten core competencies at a level commensurate with the second year of training and relevant to working with people with intellectual disabilities, children and adolescents. You complete two supervised practice placements (or their equivalent), involving work with people with intellectual disabilities and children and adolescents (CAMHS).

View Supervised Clinical Practise 2 on our Module Directory

Clinical Applications 2

This module develops your knowledge, understanding and core competencies in working with children and adolescents, their families, and people with intellectual disabilities. It provides you with the required knowledge, understanding and skills to make links between theory and practice within second-year placements in CAMHS and in services for people with intellectual disabilities.

View Clinical Applications 2 on our Module Directory

Clinical Research 2

Start to develop specialist research-related competencies, building on the foundation of some of your first-year modules. Your learning and development will be supported by research tutors and other academic staff who will be available to discuss your developing research ideas. Module assessment involves submission of a Service Related Project (SRP).

View Clinical Research 2 on our Module Directory

Personal and Professional Development 2

On this module, you will attend fortnightly clinical seminars which foster reflective practice regarding your experience of training and your clinical practice placements; attend a reflective group; focus on diversity issues relevant to your second year of training, especially in relation to learning disability and working with children and families; and explore the professional role and identity of clinical psychologist trainees.

View Personal and Professional Development 2 on our Module Directory

Clinical Interventions and Skills 2

This module provides you with the clinical skills required for your second-year placement, working within services for children and adolescents (CAMHS) and people with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, this module includes teaching on the theory and practice of systemic therapy.

View Clinical Interventions and Skills 2 on our Module Directory

Supervised Clinical Practice 3

This module aims to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and values to work effectively in specialist service settings such as physical health, drugs and alcohol, neuropsychology, forensic, specialist CBT, and other settings. This modules comprises supervised clinical practice on two six-month clinical placements (in some cases on one year-long placement). The precise nature of each placement will vary in accordance with the nature of the service and the needs of the service users.

View Supervised Clinical Practice 3 on our Module Directory

Clinical Applications 3

This module further develops your understanding of integrative therapies and community psychology. The critical psychology topic area draws on critical psychology perspectives. Throughout this module, the emphasis is on developing your competencies in relation to the evaluation of and critical reflection on a broad range of psychological models and approaches relevant to working within complex settings.

View Clinical Applications 3 on our Module Directory

Clinical Research 3

This module supports you in producing your thesis and provides you with further support in working towards the dissemination of your findings.

View Clinical Research 3 on our Module Directory

Personal and Professional Development 3

On this module, clinical seminars and a reflective group focus on further developing your competencies and sense of your professional identity as you near the end of your training. You also focus on a diversity topic relevant to your third year of training, and consider your professional move to qualified status.

View Personal and Professional Development 3 on our Module Directory

Clinical Intervention and Skills 3

This module provides you with the competencies to work effectively with people with personality disorder and to work within forensic settings, including understanding requirements relating to providing court reports and expert witness work. Additionally, provision is made for specialist, elective teaching on the basis of topics identified in consultation with trainees.

View Clinical Intervention and Skills 3 on our Module Directory

Dissertation

  • Undertake a dissertation of 40,000 words on a subject relevant to your specialist area of practice

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£17,061

Fees for funded places are paid by Health Education East of England.

International fee

£25,000

Fee includes £5000 bench fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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  • meet our students and staff

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Applying

For more information about NHS-funded and self-funded training places, please visit our department pages. You will find information here about how to apply, additional documents and answers to frequently asked questions.

All applicants should apply via the Clearing House.

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