Courses

Each course has provided details for their autumn 2018 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 funded courses. (People currently training as clinical psychologists are employed by the NHS. These arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2018, but this is unclear at this stage. 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 three 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 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.