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Doctorate of Clinical Psychology

Course Description

Programme Philosophy

The Programme recognises that clinical psychology is a caring profession with a number of distinctive features. Chief among these are the close interdependence between practice and research, and the systematic application of psychological models, theories and evidence to the needs of clients and the development of services. The main aim of the programme is to meet the needs of the NHS for Health and Care Professions Council registered Clinical Psychologists who have:

a wide range of clinical, organisational, leadership and research skills
developed high standards of professional integrity
an internalised model of reflective practice flexible enough to accommodate change

We therefore train clinical psychologists who promote psychological thinking in health care settings, by integrating their clinical, academic and research skills, and through critical, reflective and independent thinking. From a strong value base, they act with integrity to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

The programme continually reviews the training programme and is active in making adjustments, where these are indicated, in keeping with the programme’s aims and objectives and to meet the needs of the public and the profession. We are currently focusing on leadership and service user involvement. We have a People Panel, comprising service users and carers, who help us to establish a dialogue between the clients, the trainers and future colleagues in the profession.

The People Panel offer advice on a range of aspects of the training programme. The trainees are invited to consult with the panel on areas of their training, e.g. research ideas. A service user sits on our selection sub-committee and service user representatives are involved in interviewing. Service users are also involved in curriculum development; teaching, and they are invited to provide feedback on trainees as part of clinical placement evaluations.

In terms of therapeutic approaches we focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Third Wave therapies: Mindfulness based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. With the Centre for Mindfulness and the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training team, and a range of local clinicians using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, we are optimising learning in these exciting clinical areas. Trainees also receive teaching on psychodynamic models, systemic working and Applied Behavioural Analysis, as one of the leading centres for training and research in behaviour analysis is based within the School of Psychology.

The programme aims to select trainees for their commitment to clinical psychology and their potential to develop a high level of clinical, academic and research competence. It aims to foster this potential by encouraging the development of skills, knowledge and values that underpin these competencies. This development takes place within a supportive structure that facilitates personal and professional growth and uses the close links that exist in North Wales between the clinical and academic services.

The programme has a positive attitude towards diversity and social inclusion, which is reflected in selection, teaching, value based practice ideas and the programme’s overall ethos.

Training Facilities
In addition to the dedicated Programme library based within the Main Arts Library, trainees have access to the wide range of facilities at the University library and the School of Psychology (e.g. psychology and computer laboratories). There is a dedicated trainee resource room that contains computers and an extensive Programme test library. Lease cars are available to trainees on the Programme and many trainees take advantage of this opportunity.

Visit the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology page on the Bangor University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Hannah Rettie

My name is Hannah Rettie, I’m 22 and from Abergele in North Wales and I’m currently studying and MRes in Psychology.

Why Bangor?

I originally chose to study at Bangor because of the amazing location, and the quality of the Psychology course. I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate here so much I decided it would only be right to stay on for my masters!
The course…

I really enjoy my course – the lecturers are extremely supportive and will always make time for you. The opportunities I have had from my course have been incredible – I’ve been able to hold a human brain, go in an MRI scanner, and conduct an applied project in my area of interest.
Life at Bangor…

I really enjoyed living in halls as an undergraduate - there was a great atmosphere to the place and you really felt part of a community. I can imagine it’s even better now they have Canolfan Brailsford on site.
Clubs and Societies…

I am involved with student volunteering, and have been volunteering on numerous projects within Bangor for four years. I have also recently joined the pole fitness society! The fact that the clubs and societies here are free to join has allowed me to try things I wouldn’t have tried before, and increased my social circle.
Representing Bangor at the What Uni Student Choice Awards

The food and venue was extremely posh! I had a great time at the What Uni Awards with excellent company, and meeting Hugh Dennis was an experience! Being able to go to London for the first time as well was very exciting for me.

Bangor definitely deserved an award, it is an excellent university that I would recommend to anyone and I plan on staying here as long as possible.
Best thing about Bangor?

It’s everything I could have wanted from a university. It’s extremely friendly, the courses are of high quality and there are so many opportunities to get involved.

(Student Profile)

Lucas Michaut

Academic Background:

2009-2010: Exchange year, BA(Hons) Marketing, UCLAN, Preston, UK
2007-2011: Master in Marketing. Montpellier, France

Did you take up your postgraduate course straight after your first degree?

Yes, straight away, I finished my Master in France, did a 5-month work placement (part of my masters), and then applied and came to Bangor

Why did you choose this course at Bangor?

Because it is one of the very few consumer psychology masters in Europe (I didn’t check in France though, as I wanted to go anywhere but stay in France), and the School of Psychology in Bangor is well known and excellent.
What's the course teaching you that your first degree did not?

Everything related to psychology. Even if I had personally looked some psychology related paper during my undergrad for my personal knowledge I haven’t had the opportunity to attend any psychology related modules during my undergrad.

How are you funding the course?

Family funding

What job do you hope to have when you have finished?

In the short term I want to take a gap year, and later on apply for a PHD.

Do you think the course has improved your job prospects?

For an academic career obviously as it is the better way to access a PHD.

For a professional career, I would say yes as well, first of all because the topic I’m studying is very appealing for marketing related employers as they need a lot of psychologists, moreover numerous opportunities are given in Bangor to test our skills, meet people and so enhance our chance to get a job (e.g. Enterprise by Design, Social enterprise accelerator, Brolio/the pitch, Big Idea Wales).

Best things about studying at Bangor?

-The psychology related lectures and modules on the course are my favourites.
-The people I met here, either academics and friends.
-My house and housemates, we are 13 living in a house and we have a lot of fun together.
-Nights out in Bangor, as even if the clubs are not as good as ones in big cities we still have loads of fun, and sometimes a great party pops up (mostly in Hendre Hall)
-The opportunities to do extra curricula activities (related to study or work)
-The hockey Club, and sports clubs in general
-The gorgeous landscape surrounding the university (Pier, Hills, Snowdonia, Anglesea, … ), and the wonderful university buildings


Entry Requirements

-Applicants should have already obtained a single or joint honours 1st or 2:1 psychology degree and should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. -It is expected that candidates will have at least one year’s relevant paid clinical or research experience. Clinically relevant experience should give the opportunity for substantial interaction with people with significant health or psychological difficulties, ideally under the supervision of a clinical psychologist. -Applicants are expected to submit a good quality application form. This includes paying attention to expression, grammar and spelling.-Candidates are expected to have good academic and clinical references.

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