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DClinPsy Clinical Psychology

Course Description

This programme prepares trainees for work as clinical psychologists in the National Health Service (NHS). The programme is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). On successful completion of the course trainees will be able to apply for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HPC in order to practice. In addition successful completion of the three-year programme confers eligibility for chartered clinical psychologist status with the BPS. Those who join the programme are registered as University postgraduate research students and trainee psychologists, working with an NHS contract in the South West of England.

The Exeter DClinPsy programme is based on a reflective scientist practitioner model. As such, it draws on the research/evidence-base to inform clinical activities. This approach is reflected in each of the three modules. The critical role of research evidence as a unifying perspective for research experiences and clinical activities is viewed as a fundamental aspect of the programme. This integration is achieved through course work, research and clinical activities and the latter two experiences are achieved by close working relationships with selected faculty members. This "learning by doing" approach benefits students by continuously involving them in active research projects as well as supervised clinical practice.

Our aim is to produce graduates who will make a meaningful contribution to service users, the services themselves and the profession of clinical psychology. The training is informed and enriched by input from our Lived Experience Network, a group of people who have experience of services, and the Inequalities/Diversity Advisory Group.

Exeter has an international reputation for research relevant to psychotherapeutic clinical practice. It is part of Clinical Education Development And Research (CEDAR) within the department of Psychology at Exeter. (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/)

Programme Overview

- Over 30 years experience in providing clinical psychology training;
- Emphasis on adult lifelong learning exemplified in our problem based learning approach;
- Strong commitment to offer a broad theoretical base in the three major evidence based approaches (CBT, psychodynamic and systemic);
- Expertise in clinical neuropsychology and mood disorders;
- Commitment to promoting diversity and challenging inequalities;
- Strong service user focus;
- Excellent range of research opportunities

In their recent accreditation visit, the British Psychological Society (June 2010) had ten areas of commendation. (http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/dclinpsy/bpscommendation/)

Programme structure

The programme consists of clinical, academic and research modules which span the three years.

Clinical module

Core competencies are developed through two year long placements with a final year placement to consolidate your previous learning and specialisation. The emphasis in year one will be on understanding and working with people in context and in year two on integrating psychological therapies in clinical practice.

You will work with a lead supervisor and one or more supplementary supervisors in each placement to gather the necessary range and depth of clinical experience. You are also supported by a clinical tutor who will assist with the development and negotiation of supervisory relationships and help ensure that placements meet your learning needs.

Academic module

Our unique hybrid model of problem based learning includes lectures provided by a combination of local clinicians and national leaders in their field. In the first two years the academic programme is integrated with the placement structure. Following an initial six-week teaching block at the University, teaching is then integrated with the placements involving some University based and some locally based input during term time. A generous allocation of study time is given. In year three lectures take the form of optional workshops in collaboration with our partner institutions at Plymouth and Bristol.

Research module

Through this module you are encouraged to become a research practitioner and critical consumer of clinically relevant research. The module assumes a good undergraduate grounding in statistics and research methods, but you are encouraged to develop your critical and analytic skills and deepen your understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. In year three you are allocated a research block of approximately six weeks in which to pursue a major research project and some additional time for private study.

Visit the DClinPsy Clinical Psychology page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

Student Profiles

Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

In general applicants are expected to have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in psychology. Please see our website for full details. View Website

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