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The application process for our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

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Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has a strong local identity given its partnership with Essex-based NHS 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.

 

You can apply for this course as:
  • a self-funded trainee (Home/EU or International fee status applicants)
  • an NHS-funded trainee (Home/EU fee status applicants only)

    Before you apply, make sure you read our hints and tips below to ensure you give yourself the best chance of being successful.
  • Information for NHS-funded trainees (2018 entry)

    A number of NHS-funded training places are commissioned each year. In addition to the above entry requirements, applicants for NHS-funded training places need to meet the following additional entry criteria:

    • be appointable within the NHS
    • be eligible for Home/EU-based tuition fees

       

    Trainees are appointed as full-time NHS employees on a fixed-term, three-year contract and paid on Band 6 of the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay scales. Trainees have current standard NHS holiday allowances and other benefits as detailed in the AfC Handbook. University fees are paid directly by the NHS. Please see the Trainee Clinical Psychologist job description.

    The University and North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (NEP; the employing NHS Trust) offer equal opportunities with regard to age, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Selection processes conform to the principles associated with the Disability Confident Employer scheme and we endeavour to interview all applicants under this scheme who demonstrate essential criteria (as per the person specification) at short listing.

    Applications for NHS-funded places must be through the designated Clearing House. Please note you must have home fee status.

     

     

    Information for self-funded places (entry 2018)

    We invite self-funding International and Home/EU applicants to apply for self-funded places. You need to meet the same entry criteria detailed above and will undergo the same rigorous selection procedures as applicants to NHS-funded places to ensure that the standards of excellence for which our clinical psychology trainees are renowned.

    In order to apply for self-funded training places, you may either have Overseas fee status or be eligible for Home/EU-based tuition fees.

    Applications for self-funded places on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2018 entry will be closing on 3rd January 2018. We will need to have received all of your supporting documents by that date for your application to be considered.

    What does it mean to be a self-funded trainee?

    Self-funded trainees are those who are not salaried employees within the NHS.

    As a self-funded trainee you will need to meet the same entry criteria as NHS-funded trainees and will undergo the same rigorous selection procedures to ensure that we maintain the standards of excellence for which our clinical psychology students are renowned. All teaching and placement elements of the programme are the same for both NHS and self-funded students.

    Can international students apply?

    International fee status applicants can apply for self-funded places on our Doctorate of Clinical Psychology.  Check out the visa requirements for international applicants here.

    How do I apply?

    Applications for self-funded places are made directly to the University via our online application system:

    Please note you must provide the relevant documentation and fulfil our entry criteria.

    What supporting documents do I need to provide?

    We will need you to provide the following as part of your online application:
    1. One academic reference, dated, on the D Clin Psych Academic Reference form. The academic referee should be able to comment on your academic ability and preferably have direct experience of your academic work as undertaken within the context of a degree level course, not research-related employment. References should be on the template form and emailed to hhsgrad@essex.ac.uk. We only accept references sent from an official/institution email account (ie not gmail or yahoo etc). 

    2. One clinical reference, dated, on the D Clin Psych Clinical Reference form. The experience referee should be able to comment on your performance in a relevant clinical and/or research context and should be your current employer where possible. References should be on the template form and emailed to hhsgrad@essex.ac.uk. We only accept references sent from an official/institution email account (ie not gmail or yahoo etc). 

    3. Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation, of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades. This must include your undergraduate degree transcript or conversion course transcript as well as any Masters degree transcript.

    4. A personal statement of no more than 500 words reflecting on your clinical and research experiences and how these have prepared you for undertaking a doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Essex. 

    5. A CV  - please follow our format provided here.

    6. Evidence of Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This may be a letter from the BPS or a degree transcript which states on it that the course confers GBC.

    7. (If relevant) A language certificate or evidence of any academic or English language qualifications which have already been awarded and which you have cited in your application. For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 7 is required with a minimum of 7 on each area. The assessment must be no more than two years prior to application.


    Hints, tips and FAQs

    What should I do if my undergraduate result was a low 2.1 or below?

    We recommend you undertake a Masters by research (not a taught Masters) or a PhD. You should aim to achieve 65% or higher in your Masters.

    How do I advise of any extenuating circumstances relating to my undergraduate result?

    In the first instance, pop this information on your application form.  If you feel that this is not adequate, you may contact the Course Administrator, who will arrange for your circumstances to be discussed with a member of the course team.

    Is Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) available?

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer APEL for this course.

    I have worked full-time in my post for one year, is this enough experience?  What clinical work experience do you consider to be relevant?  Can you you help me find relevant work experience?

    Yes, we ask applicants to have at least one year’s full-time (or equivalent) work experience at the time of application. Experience can be paid or voluntary, full- or part-time (equivalent to one year’s full-time experience). Each separate job or post making up this one year’s experience should be a minimum of 6 months full time equivalent. This is the minimum requirement and applicants with more than one year’s experience and in different clinical settings will rate higher at shortlisting.

    All experience, whether paid or voluntary, working in a clinical or caring setting with service users is relevant.  Experience of working with a clinical psychologist is beneficial, but we realise that this is difficult to obtain. Working in a multi-disciplinary team with, or getting supervision from, a clinical psychologist will also be considered valuable experience. We feel that it is important for you to have knowledge the role to fully understand the training that you are to undertake and have firsthand experience of this if possible.

    Unfortunately, we cannot offer assistance in finding work experience.


    What research experience do I need?

    In addition to the experience you would have gained completing your undergraduate dissertation, we value any additional research experience in a field relevant to clinical psychology, particularly if it deals directly with service users. This does not have to be within a research assistant post. Research experience counts towards the work experience entry requirements and if you can demonstrate both research and clinical experience this will be to your advantage. You can also strengthen your application by getting your research published.

    Do I need experience of the UK National Health Service (NHS)?

    It is not necessary to have worked in the UK NHS, nor in any other government-funded health care setting. You will need to demonstrate some knowledge of how the NHS works in the UK and the role of a clinical psychologist within it.

    I am currently an IAPT worker, will I be considered for the course?

    We will consider IAPT (or any other NHS-trained professionals).

    Do I have to be living in the UK/EU to apply?

    No you don't need to be living in the UK at the time of applying, however in order to apply for a NHS funded place, you need to be eligible for home-based tuition fees (ie a permanent resident of the UK/EU. Overseas applicants will need to have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been living on a permanent basis in the UK for the last three years (this excludes being in the UK as a full-time student).

    For more information on home-based tuition fees, please visit Clearing House.  Anyone may apply for the self-funded places on the programme.

    If I am offered a place, will I need to live in Essex?

    Since teaching and placements are in Essex, we encourage successful applicants to relocate to Essex to avoid long daily travel times to and from teaching and placements.

    Do I need a driving licence?

    You will need to have the ability to travel within the region whilst on placement. We strongly recommend that you have a UK or international driving licence and use of a vehicle as placement locations are varied and some require you to go out into the community.

    How many days a week will I be at University?

    Trainees are generally at the University for teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays (although this is subject to change). In the main, teaching coincides with the University’s term structure, but it tends to extend a week or two into the summer break and there are occasions outside of this when there will be compulsory teaching sessions.

    In addition, at the beginning of each academic year, there is a teaching block when trainees will be at the University full-time. Teaching blocks are scheduled for four weeks for first year trainees and two weeks for second and third year trainees.

    Where are the placements based?

    Placements are generally within a 40 mile radius of the University. There may be occasions when placements are further away than this.

     Find out more about our placements here.


    Are there opportunities for placements at the Tavistock Clinic?

    Trainees are eligible to apply for a third year specialist placement at the Tavistock Clinic. Those who apply are interviewed and will be in competition with other trainees. The programmes has three placements with the Tavistock which trainees can access if they are selected during the interview process.
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    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme Administrator
    Telephone: +44(0)1206 873910