Courses

It is too late to apply for courses starting in autumn 2021: the closing date was 18 November 2020.
You cannot register, start an application or submit an application at this time of year.
The details currently on our website are for the autumn 2021 intake, and will be updated in September 2021 for the autumn 2022 intake, but you can see what's usually involved and start preparing if you wish. Some details may change for the next application cycle.


Each course centre has provided details for their autumn 2021 intake. (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.)

You choose which courses to apply to. You can apply to a maximum of four NHS courses. 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 and Part-time Courses

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.

There are no distance learning courses: all the courses require you to attend in person.

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

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. 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 course centres for further details.

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

For the majority of 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 exceptions are the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow, both of which consider certain masters degrees for recognition of prior learning.


Each course centre has provided the details in this section of the website and they, not the Clearing House, are responsible for the information given. We anticipate that each course centre has made every effort to ensure that the information contained in their entry is correct at the time of writing. However, the information provided does not form part of any contract between the course centre concerned and the applicant, and it remains subject to change.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or to keep courses contemporary through updating practices or areas of study. Circumstances may arise outside the reasonable control of each course centre, leading to required changes. Such circumstances could include industrial action, significant staff illness (where a course is reliant upon a person's expertise), severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions, serious concern with regard to the transmission of serious illness making a course unsafe to deliver, etc. We recommend checking the website of the relevant course centre for any updates or notification of any changes.

Covid-19

To reduce the spread of the virus, please ensure that you follow public health guidance in all your activities.

Clinical psychology course centres are working to put arrangements in place, both for selection and for training, that prioritise everyone's health. These will need to take account of the policies and procedures of the universities and NHS organisations relevant to that course centre. Clinical psychology course centres will seek to ensure that procedures are fair, but processes may need to vary from those described in this section of this website. Please check the websites of individual clinical psychology course centres regularly for updates.