Lancaster University

Full-Time Course Code: 13 - FT

Part-Time Course Code: 13 - PT

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medicine
C16 Furness College
Lancaster University


Please see our website for the ethos and structure of the programme, including the involvement of experts by experience.

The Lancaster DClinPsy Programme offers a full-time course and a part-time course.

The selection process and course content is the same for the full-time and part-time courses. Applicants can apply to only one course at the Lancaster DClinPsy Programme. In other words you cannot apply for both a full-time and a part-time place.

We will update our website with how many places we will offer in 2022 as soon as we have the information. We offered 41 places in 2021 and expect the number will increase in 2022.

We hope to offer 6+ places on the part-time course for entry in 2022. These places are intended for trainees wishing to work part-time from the outset of their training. Part-time trainees will work 0.7 of a full-time commitment and the course will take longer to complete. You can find out more about part-time training at Lancaster on our website.

Entry Requirements

At the time of application candidates must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. If you are an Open University graduate and are awaiting confirmation of your GBC status at the time of application, please contact us to discuss this further.

Non-UK applicants should check the residence requirements on our website.

Our English Proficiency requirement is IELTS 7.0 minimum score in all components or a TOEFL score of 93.

In line with our commitment to equality and inclusivity, the programme does not have specific requirements for applicant's degree classification or work experience. Although equal opportunities information is collected by the Clearing House, we do not use the data in making selection decisions.

Selection Procedure

How our values translate to our selection procedure

The programme strives to ensure that it upholds the values of social justice, equality and inclusivity at all times, including in our selection process. For this reason, our procedure is designed to actively encourage those from diverse backgrounds to apply and is focused on an individual's potential to become an outstanding clinical psychologist rather than over-emphasising existing knowledge and skills.

We are proactive about supporting people with disabilities

If you need support to access our selection procedure or feel that any aspect of our process would put you at a disadvantage, we will work with you to mitigate these issues and ensure that you are given a fair opportunity to show your potential. Please contact us and we can talk through your options.

Why we use a short-listing test

While many applicants to our programme are fortunate enough to have had access to extensive education and employment, some individuals who have significant potential and are well suited to the programme have not and may never be able to do so. As we want everyone to be assessed on a fair basis, we use a short-listing test rather than looking at the application which emphasises experience and years in extended education. Evidence also shows that application forms are a very poor predictor of job performance. Our approach means using short-listing processes which have substantial evidence to indicate the test will predict performance on both the programme and in a complex job role once qualified.

Why we focus on competencies, not knowledge and skills

Our selection event looks at the competencies an individual has, not their knowledge and skills. As we have noted, for a variety of reasons not all applicants are fortunate enough to have the same access to education and employment. We focus on the potential of the applicant to develop during training and the personal qualities which will be required to manage both the programme and the job, following qualification. While some applicants are disappointed that we do not look at their specific professional experiences, to do so would undermine our commitment to social justice and potentially unfairly exclude some applicants.

More detail on our procedure for this year

We review our procedures in depth each year and so to ensure you are up-to-date with the selection process for this year, please check our website. Our site will always have the most recent changes and we update it throughout the admissions process to ensure you are well informed.


For information about funding please check our website.

Structure and Content

For details on our course structure, please see the online handbook on our website.

Please note that the programme does not consider the AP(E)L credit system.


For details on the support our trainees can access, please see the support section of our online handbook on our website.

Also, a full staff list is available on our website.