Applications open during September and the closing date is in November each year. This is for courses starting the following autumn. Please see the Dates to Remember section for specific dates.
The exact starting date varies from centre to centre but all courses start between early September and mid-October and have only one intake per academic year.
No, there is no system of deferred entry. If you do not take up your place you will normally be expected to re-apply the following year. Please see the Dates to Remember section for more information.
The majority of courses are full-time for three years. The exception is Lancaster University which, alongside their full-time course, also offers a part-time course which will take longer to complete. Please follow the link to their entry in the Courses section for more information.
No, there are no distance learning courses: all the courses require you to attend in person. Please see the Courses section for more information.
No, universities will not usually allow you to enrol on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if at that time you are enrolled on any other degree, eg a PhD or Masters programme. Please see the Courses section for more information.
The National Health Service (NHS) provides the funding for most of the places on clinical psychology courses. People accepted on these NHS funded places are employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. Please see the Funding page for more information.
Yes, there are self-funded places available on some courses. For these self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding. Please see the Funding page and the International Students section for more information.
The NHS provides the funding for the majority of people currently training as clinical psychologists, and this usually includes paying the course fees.
For self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding, which includes paying the fees. Please check the information provided by the courses concerned to see how much their fees for self-funded places are (see the International Students section for links to their information).
You need Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - GBC (see FAQ 12 below), good academic grades (see FAQ 13 below), some relevant experience (see FAQ 11 below) and most courses have residence requirements (see FAQ 14 below). Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information, and see the Courses section for the entry requirements for each course.
We cannot give specific advice about your experience because we do not make decisions about who is successful at each stage of the selection process: this is done by the courses. Generally, work with a client group that clinical psychologists work with is considered relevant. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information on relevant experience together with links to useful job websites.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) ensures that, before anyone can start a clinical psychology course, they have already studied psychology in sufficient breadth and depth. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information.
Courses are primarily looking for applicants with a 1st class honours or a "good" 2:1. Some courses consider applicants with a 2:2 but they often ask for further evidence of academic ability eg an academically demanding masters degree. Please see the Courses section for the entry requirements for each course.
Yes, the majority of courses have residence requirements that applicants must meet to be considered. The residence requirements are based on fees status and/or on the NHS Bursary scheme. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information on residence requirements.
You need two references: one academic and one relevant experience. Where possible, the academic referee should be from an academic institution where you have studied and have direct experience of your academic performance. The experience referee should have direct experience of your performance in a relevant clinical and/or research context and should be your current employer where possible. Please see the References section for more information.
When you give your referees' contact details in your application you will be asked to confirm that we can contact them. When you click the Contact My Referees button this starts the process of emailing your referees to request the references. Please see the References section for more information.
We will email you when each of your references is submitted, and you can check the status of your references by logging in to your application. Your email software may treat our emails as junk or spam, so please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder regularly. Please see the References section for more information.
If you have completed either of the following qualifications you need to provide an academic transcript for that qualification only and a document confirming your status for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (see FAQ 12 above if you need information about GBC):
Please see the Documents section for more information about documents relating to UK/Irish qualifications.
If you studied in another country, or if English is not your first language, or if you do not have UK/European nationality, please see the FAQs for International Applicants.
If any of your contact details change you can login to your application and update the Your Details section. Please see the After You Apply section for more information.
When we release your application this gives the courses access to it to begin their short-listing process. Please see the After You Apply section for more information.
Some courses use computerised or written tests as part of their short-listing process and these are usually held from December to mid-March. Please see the After You Apply section for a list of the tests we are aware of.
Each course that you have applied to will contact you to let you know whether you have been short-listed or not. Please see the After You Apply section for details of when they will do this.
Interviews are held in spring/summer each year. Please see the After You Apply section for interview dates for each course.
If you are offered a place you can login to your application to respond and you may also need to respond directly to the course concerned. Please see the After You Apply section for more information and for the deadline for responding.
Reserve lists allow courses to fill interview slots or to fill places when an applicant withdraws. Please see the After You Apply section for more information about reserve lists for interviews and reserve lists for offers.