Courses

Each course has provided details for their autumn 2017 intake. (The exact starting date varies from course to course but all courses start between early September and mid-October 2017 and have only one intake per academic year.)

You choose which courses to apply to. You can apply to a maximum of 4 NHS funded course centres. (People currently training as clinical psychologists are employed by the NHS. Please see the Funding page for more information.) You can apply to as many of the self-funded courses as you wish. Please read the information about each course carefully to ensure you meet their entry requirements before you make your choice.

All the courses are approved by the Health & Care Professions Council and make you eligible to apply for registration with them as a clinical psychologist. All the courses are also accredited by the British Psychological Society. The qualification is a doctoral level degree which combines academic and practical training, including both clinical placements and research.

Full-time Courses

The courses are all full-time for 3 years. There are no part-time courses and there are no distance learning courses.

These courses are very demanding so should not be combined with any other job or academic course.

Universities will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if at that time you are enrolled on any other degree, eg a PhD or Masters programme. If you have any outstanding requirements from another programme when the clinical courses start, you may be required to withdraw from that programme in order to take up a place or to continue your studies on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Please see the information provided by individual courses for further details.

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

For most courses there is no accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees must complete the full programme of training to qualify. Attendance throughout the course is mandatory, including the induction period. The exception is the University of Edinburgh who consider certain masters degrees for recognition.


Each course has provided the details in this section of the website and they, not the Clearing House, are responsible for the information given. It is given in good faith and any queries should be directed to the Admissions Tutor or Administrator at the relevant course.