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This Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is collaboratively funded through NHS Education for Scotland and the University of Glasgow. Read more

This Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is collaboratively funded through NHS Education for Scotland and the University of Glasgow. You will be employed by a local NHS (Scotland) Health Board for the duration of the programme.

Why this programme

  • In common with most clinical psychology programmes, the cognitive behavioural approach to psychotherapy is dominant but there is also a substantial teaching input based upon other psychotherapeutic approaches.
  • The programme covers a wide geographical area, including Ayrshire and Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire, and is varied in terms of rural, urban and inner city populations.
  • Psychologists in departments throughout this area are closely involved in the programme, including placement provision, teaching, research supervision and coordination of teaching modules.

Programme structure

The programme follows a modularised structure, which integrates academic teaching, clinical practice education and research training. This process underpins the commitment of the programme team to maximising the synergy between the clinical, academic and research components of training and reflects explicitly our commitment to an integrative educational process.

The programme consists of 16 compulsory courses.

Year 1

  • Foundations of clinical psychology
  • Foundations of clinical practice 1
  • Foundation of clinical practice 2
  • Foundation knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Service-based evaluation project 1

Year 2

  • Child/family/adolescent theory and practice
  • Learning disability theory and practice
  • Research methods
  • Research practice
  • Advanced professional practice 1
  • Service-based evaluation project 2

Year 3

  • Advanced practice 1
  • Advanced practice 2
  • Psychology and the law
  • Research practice 2: major research project
  • Advanced professional practice 2

Accreditation of Prior Learning

From 2017, trainees who have already completed the NES-funded MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at Edinburgh University or the MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling will be eligible to complete their doctorate in a shortened timeframe in accordance with the University of Glasgow Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) regulations and procedures. This will result in completion of training five months early in recognition of the skills and knowledge already acquired and demonstrated via completion of the eligible MSc courses. 

Career prospects

Clinical psychologists have a demanding role working with a wide range of clients, in a variety of health and social care settings, to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. This programme produces fit-for-purpose NHS practitioners.



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