University of East Anglia

Course Code: 05

Self-funded Course Code: 05 - X

Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology
Department of Clinical Psychology
Norwich Medical School
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park

Admissions Enquiries:
01603 591709

International Student Enquiries email:
Dr Sian Coker

Programme Director: Professor Ken Laidlaw
Admissions Lead: Dr Imogen Rushworth

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Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this entry is correct at the time of writing. However, it does not form part of any contract between the University and a student, or the relevant NHS Trust and the trainee.

We strongly recommend if you would like to apply to UEA that you check our webpages for the most up-to-date information regarding the Programme and our admissions procedures.

Welcome to the University of East Anglia (UEA) ClinPsyD

Comments from our trainees:

"Continue to work hard and get onto the course because it is worth it!"

"It's a great course, which has been both challenging and incredibly enjoyable - would highly recommend it."

"I feel valued at UEA and am proud to be a UEA trainee."


The UEA Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology is designed to educate and support you to become one of the next generation of leaders for our profession, equipping you to thrive at a time of great change within the NHS and elsewhere within society. Our course will enable you to become conversant, knowledgeable and confident in applying evidence-based practice through the integration of clinical, academic and research skills, recognising the diverse and wide ranging role of the clinical psychologist in the modern NHS.

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the potential to become skilled practitioners of psychology in applied healthcare settings. We place equal value on both clinical and research excellence. As the profession strongly identifies with the Scientist Practitioner role we seek to recruit applicants who wish to become sophisticated producers and consumers of clinically relevant and impactful research.

The Programme, which is a partnership between the University of East Anglia, the NHS, and practising clinical psychologists in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, is offered on a full-time basis only and is three years in duration. Trainees will be part of the research community within the Norwich Medical School in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UEA. A core strength of Norwich Medical School is its interdisciplinary nature. Core research areas include:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Population Health
  • Primary Care
  • Medical Education

Other teaching in the School includes medical undergraduate education, interdisciplinary health sciences MSc programmes, postgraduate training in CBT (IAPT low and high intensity Programmes), and short courses providing continuing professional development for health professionals. This provides a unique environment for training clinical psychologists to work in the NHS of the future.

Other research students within the Faculty and School are studying for MSc by Research, MPhil, PhD and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees.

The Department of Clinical Psychology comprises a multi-disciplinary group of psychologists, psychological therapists, psychiatrists, researchers and research assistants. We work closely with colleagues in the Medical School and across the wider University as appropriate contributing not only to the Clinical Psychology programme but to wider programmes within the School.

A detailed description of the Programme is given on our website, outlining the course philosophy, orientation, strengths and goals of training.

There is also extensive information for International Applicants on our website.

A concise introduction to the Norwich Medical School, the University, and Norwich can be found on the UEA website.

We encourage you to visit these webpages for full information.

Comments from our trainees:

"UEA has offered me the chance to develop my skills in more areas than I thought possible."

"The opportunities and experiences it will have provided me are undoubtedly worth all the efforts!"

"I have had brilliant support from the course so far."

"I have had really supportive placements, enabling my clinical skills to develop in leaps and bounds over just a few months."

Entry Requirements

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

Essential Criteria

As a minimum, applicants must meet the following Essential Criteria to progress to short-listing, together with the additional criteria outlined subsequently:

  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
    Applicants who are currently completing a GBC-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course in the UK or Ireland must have completed the degree, obtained the results and provided a document to confirm their GBC status by the time short-listing commences at the beginning of February.
  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology.
    Applications will also be considered from applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree who have successfully completed a postgraduate course - either at Masters, DPhil or PhD level. The course must be at least 50% supervised clinical practice experience OR must be classified as a research degree and the research component must exceed 50% of the course. Applicants will be asked to provide transcript evidence that their course meets this requirement.
  • Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards. Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work, though at least one significant period of work in the same position is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 6.5 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking), or equivalent, at the time of application. If this is not possible then these criteria must be met prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.
    Applicants should note that TOEFL results are not accepted as evidence.
    Applicants who are not from a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved majority English speaking country and who have not completed their undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications in these, need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, even if they state English is their first language. Applicants from non-approved countries who have completed their qualifications in an UKVI approved country need to have completed them in the last three years but do not need to provide evidence of English Language speaking ability.
    For visa applications, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) now only accept IELTS for English Language tests taken at acceptable test centres outside the UK (see also UEA PGR Admissions for more information).
  • All applicants must demonstrate that they have a right to work in the UK or that they meet the requirements of the UKVI for working in the UK. Applicants should check that they meet the criteria before making an application to the Programme.

Supplementary Information Requirements

Applicants are required by the Programme to provide supplementary documents to support their applications if necessary (in addition to those documents sent to the Clearing House). These are degree transcripts for any degrees completed over and above the degree giving GBC, with an official translation into English if appropriate, eg Master's degree or PhD. This is to verify the degree classification and to ensure that they have completed their degree. This also applies to those who have completed additional degrees prior to or following a conversion course. These documents should be submitted directly to the Programme. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure appropriate supporting evidence is supplied and applicants should note that the absence of any relevant documentation will result in applications not being considered.

Applicants have until the end of January 2018 to provide copies of original documentation.

Conversion Courses

Applicants who have taken conversion courses that confer GBC are viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original degree confers GBC, though they still need to meet minimum entry criteria in terms of original degree classification.

Applicants in this position are required to provide a transcript of their original degree, with an official translation into English if appropriate, as well as documentation evidencing the outcome of the conversion course.

Please send the transcript for your original degree if this does not confer GBC, and translation if appropriate, directly to the course at the above address. The absence of a transcript will result in an application not being considered as there will be no means to verify the minimum requirements stipulated. You will also need to include the transcript for the degree that confers GBC in your application to the Clearing House.

References and Relevant Experience

Applicants must provide recent references from referees in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant's experience.

Your Academic Referee may be from your undergraduate degree or conversion course, whichever gave you GBC. Your relevant experience reference should be as current as possible.

Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles taken up by the clinical psychologist in the health service and of their personal suitability for this career. The Programme reflects the core NHS values in their selection processes and as such recruits those whose values and attitudes reflect these. Where an applicant is making a career change, including from other branches of psychology, or from other walks of life, it may strengthen their application if they provide information about the background and rationale for this. Our recruitment process is consistent with BPS accreditation criteria and the values of the NHS Constitution as well as being consistent with the 6Cs.

Relevant clinical experience can be gained before, during or after work for the psychology degree. This may be from a clinical setting, as a psychology assistant, a healthcare assistant or a support worker, and would give experience of working with people with psychological needs. Experience working alongside a clinical psychologist is particularly relevant.

We are particularly interested in appointing people with clinically relevant research experience, although this needs to be supplemented by some clinical experience.

Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards. Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work, though at least one significant period of work in the same position is required.

Additional desirable criteria include a first class degree or PhD. Masters programmes with a clinical component which provides practical experience within a relevant clinical setting, supervised by a suitably qualified professional, will be considered to provide relevant clinical experience.

International Applicants

Applications should be made via the Clearing House using Course Code 05 - X

We welcome applications from international candidates and, for October 2018 entry, we will consider a small number of places for self-funding applicants who can secure financial support throughout the duration of training on the Programme. Such applicants must meet our entry criteria and also have overseas fees status. Please see our website for further information on applying as an international candidate as details regarding essential entry criteria for international students are given there.

For applicants with international qualifications, a copy of an appropriate transcript of all relevant qualifications (along with an official translation into English where appropriate) must be included with the application.

Applicants with international qualifications will need to have them assessed by the BPS for GBC. You are advised to do this at the earliest opportunity and must have attained this confirmation prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.

Please adhere to the advice given above regarding the additional documentation needed to support applications and the deadline by which this must be submitted to the Programme.

The offer of a place on the UEA ClinPsyD Training Programme is subject to the applicant gaining a successful police check from all relevant residences and an Occupational Health clearance prior to arrival in the UK. A successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required on arrival in the UK. Failure to do so will lead to UEA withdrawing their sponsorship and the applicant will be required to return to their native country. Please check our website for further clarifying information.

Comments from an international trainee:

"I consider myself very lucky to study in this programme, leading me to have an enjoyable learning experience. With support of other trainees and academic staff, race and cultural difference is never a big issue and I never feel alone. As long as you keep open-minded to meet new friends and try out new things, you will find lots of happiness in studying here."

Equal Opportunities

The University has an equal opportunities policy and is concerned to implement fair selection procedures. However, the University does not currently operate a guaranteed interview scheme for student applications (the "Double Tick" scheme). Enquiries about any aspect of entry, including support available for people with disabilities should be addressed to Admissions Enquiries at the telephone or email address above. Appropriate accommodations are made at interview for those with a declared disability. Please inform us at the earliest opportunity if this is the case.

Comment from a trainee:

"The course is very good at trying to not overwhelm us. The support systems are many and very good, the assignments are tailored and not excessive compared to others and they are responsive to us and our concerns as trainees. There seems to be genuine care and effort to offer a good experience to us all."

Selection Procedure

Our selection process is under a continuous process of evaluation and review in light of feedback from applicants and the views of those involved in selection. Please consult our website to review the most up-to-date information.

Selection Test

Your application will be considered as part of our comprehensive short-listing process. As part of this process, we conduct a short test of basic (GCSE level) numeracy and literacy skills.

The Programme is required to include this test by the commissioners for the Programme. Both parts of the test must be passed in order for your application to be considered in the subsequent short-listing process.

For 2017 entry, all applicants completed an online literacy and numeracy test in advance of short-listing This test had to be passed to progress to short-listing and a repeat numeracy test was completed at interview. For candidates applying for 2018 entry, completion of a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills will again form part of our entry process. Administration of this test is currently under review. Please see our webpages for the most up-to-date information.

An example practice paper is provided on our website.

Place offers are made based on performance in all aspects of the section process including the numeracy and literacy tests. Applicants who fail to meet the required literacy and numeracy pass mark cannot be offered a place on the course.


Each application is short-listed independently by two people: a member of Programme staff and a clinical supervisor, against published short-listing criteria. Applicants are ranked in order of total scores and interviews offered based on ranking.

Applicants who are not offered an interview are provided with information about the short-listing criteria and a list of common reasons for an applicant not being offered an interview. These can be used to evaluate their own application. Unfortunately, due to the numbers of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individual feedback following short-listing

The 2017 short-listing criteria are available on our website.


Applicants attend a two-part interview and, as above in previous years, must complete and pass a separate test of numeracy and literacy skills. Full details of how this will be administered for 2018 entry will be provided to those offered an interview.

One part of the interview is an academic and research interview and the second part covers personal and clinical issues.

There are three people on the research interview panel, comprising programme staff and clinical supervisors. The clinical interview is conducted by programme staff, clinical supervisors and an Expert by Experience. Interviews are conducted using a standard set of questions and scenarios to aid consistency and applicants are scored against a person specification.

The person specification includes:

  • demonstrating a good understanding of research design principles;
  • the ability to develop a research proposal;
  • the ability to demonstrate basic clinical skills;
  • the ability to link theory and practice;
  • the capacity to reflect on one's own experience and to learn from it.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding gained in their undergraduate psychology degree, and have a good working knowledge of clinical psychology in the Health Service. Further details about the Programme and the interview process are sent to all those invited for interview. Existing trainees attend the interviews to meet candidates and to provide additional information and answer any questions.

Successful applicants will be notified by letter shortly after the interviews. Unsuccessful applicants from the interviews will also be notified at this time.

As part of the interview paperwork applicants will have an opportunity to express their preference for placement base location. Wherever possible account will be taken of preferences and any personal circumstances in the allocation; but UEA cannot guarantee that candidates will be offered their preferred choice.

It is strongly recommended that the trainee lives within the base allocated, as clinical placements are likely to involve considerable amounts of travel and trainees are expected to follow the normal working pattern followed at the placement. Living in the base location enables contact with and support from other trainees

Fitness to Practise

As well as the criteria outlined above for both short-listing and the interviews, applicants should note that consideration is also given to any Fitness to Practise issues that arise during the short-listing or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme. Please see the Clearing House page about Fitness to Practise for more detail.

Admission to the ClinPsyD Programme is subject to satisfactory criminal record (enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service) and occupational health checks.

Completion of other studies

Please note that the University will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if you are currently enrolled on any other degree eg a PhD or Master's programme; this includes any outstanding requirements such as a viva examination or any associated corrections. If you have any incomplete assessment / reassessment or other criteria from another programme, it may not be possible for us to offer you a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or you may be required to provide proof that you have withdrawn from your incomplete programme.

Offer of an interview to those completing a PhD will be conditional upon submission of the PhD for viva by the time of interview in March. Any offers made to applicants currently studying for a PhD will ordinarily be conditional upon the applicant passing their viva with at most minor modifications (three months) before the acceptance deadline in early June. Applicants should take account of this early in their planning given delays in organising vivas.

Offers made to those applicants who are in the process of completing a qualification (and therefore cannot provided academic transcripts and certificates at the point of application) will be conditional upon the submission of suitable evidence of completion, including submission of all corrections, to be received no later than 1 September 2018. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any conditions attached to their offer are met as specified in the offer letter. It will not normally be possible for UEA to offer extensions to deadlines. We regret that offers for funded places on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology cannot be deferred beyond 1st October 2018.


Current NHS trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements. On entry to the Programme current NHS trainees commenced on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales. Please see the NHS Careers website for information on current salaries and conditions of service. Expenses are reimbursed for current NHS trainees in accordance with NHS terms and conditions of service. A copy of the current Job Description may be found on our website.

We had 22 funded places in 2017 and anticipate up to 22 funded places for 2018. We normally interview up to 90 applicants.

Candidates for 2018 entry are recommended to check for funding updates on the Clearing House Funding page.

For 2018 we will consider a small number of self-funded international applicants who can secure financial support throughout the duration of training on the Programme. Please see the Entry Requirements section above for further details.

Comments from employers:

"I have employed many ex-UEA trainees. I feel that as clinicians they are able to take a broad based and eclectic approach to therapy, calling on a range of psychological models and rarely being wedded to one."

"UEA Trainees often come with excellent communication skills and an ability to empathise with clients, their families and other professionals. They have a confidence in their abilities and training but are able to communicate complex ideas with clarity and sensitivity."

Structure and Content

For details on our course structure, including placements, research programme, academic content and trainee support, please see our website.

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

There is no provision in the UEA degree regulations for Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning. The Programme is full-time for three years and attendance at all programme components is mandatory over that time, including the induction period. The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees are required to complete the full programme of training in order to qualify.


A full list of current staff in the Department of Clinical Psychology, together with information about research interests can be found on our website.

In the event of an applicant wishing to raise issues of concern regarding the application and admissions process, please see the UEA website for details regarding the University complaints procedure.