Entry Requirements

Residence and fees status

NHS places

The National Health Service (NHS) provides the funding for the majority of people currently training as clinical psychologists, and this usually includes paying the course fees. (These arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2020, but this is unclear at this stage. Please see the Funding page for more information.)

For the majority of courses, the relevant NHS organisation has residence requirements that applicants must meet to be considered. Some courses require applicants to have home fees status (see What is my fees status? below for details of the criteria). Some courses have residence requirements based on the NHS Bursary Scheme (see the NHS Bursaries website and their Personal Eligibility Calculator for details of the residence criteria). Please also see the Courses section to check the residence/fees status requirements for individual course centres.

Self-funded places

Some courses require applicants for self-funded places to have overseas fees status. Please see the International Students section, and also follow the links there to individual courses, to check the residence/fees status requirements for each course centre. For self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding, which includes paying the fees.

What is my fees status?

The details below are a based on the information available on the UKCISA website during summer 2019. In March 2017 the UK government started the process for the UK to leave the EU. This process is ongoing with a current deadline of 31 October 2019, which may be followed by a possible transitional/implementation period but at this point this is unclear. The Clearing House will therefore process applications as usual. There will be no extensions to deadlines so please do not wait for further information about the EU leaving process before deciding whether to apply. For updates on how this process may affect fees status please see the UKCISA Brexit: Impact on fees status assessments webpage.

You will normally have home fees status if you are in one of these groups:

  • You are settled in the UK
    • AND you have lived in the UK for the last three years
    • AND during that time your residence was not only for full-time education.

  • You are an EU national
    • AND you have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for the last three years
    • AND during that time your residence was not only for full-time education.

  • You are a national of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland
    • AND you are currently working in the UK
    • AND you have lived in the EEA or Switzerland for the last three years.

  • You are recognised as a refugee by the UK government
    • AND you have lived in the UK since you were granted this status.

  • You have been granted Humanitarian Protection or Stateless Leave by the UK government
    • AND you have lived in the UK since you were granted this status
    • AND you have lived in the UK for the last three years.

  • You have lived in the UK for half your life or for 20 years
    • AND you have lived in the UK for the last three years
    • AND during that time your residence was not only for full-time education.

If you are not in any of the above groups then you will probably have overseas fees status, but you should check the UKCISA website for more information.

If you are from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you should check the UKCISA website for details about your status.

If you are unsure about your fees status please see the UKCISA website for more information.


The European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA)

The European Union is currently made up of the following countries (September 2019):

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

The European Economic Area is the EU plus the following countries:

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway