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Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


Course Description

Become a competent and capable clinical psychologist. Receive training which emphasises psychotherapy, reflective practice, complex clinical issues and applicable research skills. As the first in the country to be approved through a joint partnership between the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and having run since 1982, this programme will enhance your psychological career and enable you to become a highly reflective scientist practitioner.

Key features

Study an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognised research degree, one of the first to award the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Benefit from service user involvement through working closely with the Service User and Carer Consultative Group.

Widening participation in clinical psychology - candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences are welcome.

Benefit from our commitment to producing competent and capable clinical psychologists who work as highly reflective scientist practitioners.

Become eligible to apply for registration as clinical psychologists with the Health and Care Professions Council, with the opportunity to gain Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol) status, and full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology with the British Psychological Society.

Take advantage of excellent relationships with local services in the South West of England; local clinicians are committed to supporting training and offer a wide range of placements in both rural and urban settings.

Course details

Each year of this programme begins with an extended teaching block, the remaining teaching is then spread regularly throughout the year. The remainder of your time will be spent on clinical placements with teaching interspersed to complement the clinical experience you gain. Over the duration of the programme you will also undertake year-long placement periods. During your first year of study you will work with children, young people and families, and people with learning disabilities. As a first year trainee you will also gain a foundation level qualification in systemic family therapy (independently accredited by the Association of Family Therapy).

In your second year, you will gain experience interacting with adults and older adults. In this year greater emphasis is placed on working with individuals.

Your third year is a time for consolidating your new skills and preparing for future work in the health service. This year will take account of current legislation and policy with regard to the role of clinical psychologists in the National Health Service. For example, emphasis has been placed on acquiring competencies in supervision, consultation and leadership in line with recent policy guidelines. Research activities bridge the academic and clinical components of the programme with time allocated particularly in year three for a major empirical research project.

Applying

All applications for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology are made via:

The Clearing House

Fairbairn House

71-75 Clarendon Road,

Leeds, LS2 9PL.

Visit the Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are required to have an honours degree in Psychology, a 1st or 2.1, that gives the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), or an equivalent qualification that gives GBC. If you have a 2.2 degree and have completed a further postgraduate academic research qualification may also be considered. Any conditional offers will subject to achieving a 2.1 or above. Additionally, you are required to have at least one to two years’ experience in relevant health settings. You must be employable as Trainee Clinical Psychologists in the NHS.

Course Fees

UK/EU: N/A (employed by NHS), International: £22,249


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