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ClinPsyD Clinical Psychology Professional Doctorate


Course Description

The programme was established in 1975 and is housed within the School of Psychology of the University of East London. The programme is characterised by a distinctive approach to its subject matter. As well as providing teaching on the major approaches to clinical psychology theory and practice, it examines the assumptions which inform scientific activity, the problems in applying philosophies and methods from the natural sciences to human behaviour and the relationship between the philosophy of science and research activity; the programme also encourages the formulation of psychological problems within their social context.

Training at UEL is seen as a collaborative venture between the university and clinical psychologists in the North Thames region, who, in addition to supervising trainees’ clinical practice, are also closely involved in selection procedures and management of the programme. The long history of the Programme, together with a good retention rate of trainees within the region, has helped create effective working relationships with local NHS psychologists. The programme enjoys an extensive range of placement resources, particularly in specialist areas. There is an emphasis on reflexive practice and a serious commitment to equal opportunities, both in practice and in the curriculum. Trainees are actively involved in all aspects of programme organisation.

About the programme
In addition to providing teaching on the major approaches to clinical psychology theory and practice, this programme examines the assumptions which inform scientific activity, the problems in applying philosophies and methods from the natural sciences to human behaviour, and the relationship between the philosophy of science and research activity. The doctorate also encourages the formulation of psychological problems within their social context.


Programme structure
Professional doctorate programmes can be either ‘taught’ or ‘research’ in their emphasis (that is, when measured by student effort). Both have equal status and share the same learning outcomes. You should check with the relevant school to find out where the emphasis is for this particular programme.

The Programme is 3 years, full time. Approximately 50% of Programme time is spent in clinical placements; 20% on academic teaching; 20% on research and 10% on self-directed study. Placements and academic teaching run in parallel throughout the three years, following a four week induction in year 1.

Career opportunities
This doctorate will enable you to work as a qualified clinical psychologist in clinical psychology services or other settings. You could also progress to senior management in NHS services and a range of other clinical settings, or take up specialist positions in projects dealing with, for example, trauma and homelessness.

Visit the ClinPsyD Clinical Psychology Professional Doctorate page on the University of East London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Min 2:1 in Psychology recognised by the BPS as forming the basis for graduate registration with the society. Applicants must also be acceptable for the NHS as clinical psychologists in an employed or honorary capacity.

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