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Clinical Psychology DClinPsy

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This Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is collaboratively funded through NHS Education for Scotland and the University of Glasgow. You will be employed by a local NHS (Scotland) Health Board for the duration of the programme.

  • Academic contact: Lynsay Coulter / Carol Lang:  [email protected]
  • Teaching start: September
  • DClinPsy: 36 months full-time

Why this programme

  • In common with most clinical psychology programmes, the cognitive behavioural approach to psychotherapy is dominant but there is also a substantial teaching input based upon other psychotherapeutic approaches.
  • The programme covers a wide geographical area, including Ayrshire and Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire, and is varied in terms of rural, urban and inner city populations.
  • Psychologists in departments throughout this area are closely involved in the programme, including placement provision, teaching, research supervision and coordination of teaching modules.

Main Campus Location

The main location of this programme is at  Gartnavel Hospital  in the West of Glasgow, not far from the bustling West End and  Gilmorehill Campus . Easy to get to by bus and car.

Programme structure

The programme follows a modularised structure, which integrates academic teaching, clinical practice education and research training. This process underpins the commitment of the programme team to maximising the synergy between the clinical, academic and research components of training and reflects explicitly our commitment to an integrative educational process.

The programme consists of 16 compulsory courses.

  • DCLINPSY:FOUNDATION CLINICAL PRACTICE II
  • FOUNDATION CLINICAL PRACTICE I
  • FOUNDATION KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING AND SKILLS
  • FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • DATA MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS
  • ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE I
  • ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE II
  • CHILD, ADOLESCENT, FAMILY THEORY PRACTICE
  • DCLINPSY: ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE I
  • SERVICE EVALUATION AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
  • LEARNING DISABILITY THEORY AND PRACTICE
  • RESEARCH PRACTICE I
  • STATISTICS & RESEARCH DESIGN (PGT)
  • ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE II
  • PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LAW
  • RESEARCH PRACTICE II

Accreditation of Prior Learning

From 2017, trainees who have already completed the NES-funded MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at Edinburgh University or the MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling will be eligible to complete their doctorate in a shortened timeframe in accordance with the University of Glasgow Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) regulations and procedures. This will result in completion of training five months early in recognition of the skills and knowledge already acquired and demonstrated via completion of the eligible MSc courses. 

Programme alteration or discontinuation The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract .

Career prospects

Clinical psychologists have a demanding role working with a wide range of clients, in a variety of health and social care settings, to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing.

This programme produces fit-for-purpose NHS practitioners.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2024-25

Trainees are funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES), which pays University fees, trainee salaries, and travel expenses related to teaching. Salaries will commence at the first point of Agenda for Change Band 6, regardless of previous experience. Self-funded trainees will not be considered.

Entry requirements

You must have the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartering (GBC) and provide proof of this. This usually takes the form of a single or joint 2.1 or above Honours degree in Psychology; however, candidates who have gained GBC by other means will be considered.  

From 2018, eligibility to be considered for a selection interview requires a minimum grade of 2.1 honours (or equivalent) in the degree that conveys GBC. This allows candidates who have a first degree below the 2.1 honours standard in a non-psychology subject to apply for training provided that they have gone on to demonstrate the necessary academic standard via a BPS-approved Psychology conversion course.

Additional practical clinical or research experience of working with children or adults with mental health problems or learning disabilities is an advantage.

We do not consider applications from final-year undergraduates.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

Toefl (ibt, mybest or athome).

  • 79; with Reading 13; Listening 12; Speaking 18; Writing 21
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 59 with minimum 59 in all subtests
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 7
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 6 with Reading: 21-24 Listening: 15-17
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 6.

Trinity College Tests

  • Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country  and within the last 6 years
  • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country  and within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

  • School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
  • BALEAP guide to accredited courses

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our  enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

  • Find out more about entry requirements and other country-specific information
  • International student support & visas

How to apply

All applications are processed by the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

All information on how to apply and the selection procedure can be found on the Clearing House website .

More information about this programme

  • FAQs about Aligned Training Pathways
  • DClinPsy Handbook 2023-4
  • DClinPsy Handbook Appendices 2023-24

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Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology in Scotland - 15 Courses

University of aberdeen school of psychology.

University of Aberdeen

  • Health Psychology MSc
  • Psychological Studies MSc

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The University of Edinburgh

  • Clinical Psychology DClinPsy
  • Clinical and Health Psychology Doctor of Philosophy - PhD MSc (Res)

The University of Edinburgh School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

  • Developmental Science MSc
  • Human Cognitive Neuropsychology MSc
  • Social Psychology MSc

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University of Strathclyde

  • Clinical Health Psychology MSc

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Applied Life Studies

  • Psychology Conversion MSc

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MSc Clinical Health Psychology

  • Start date:  September
  • Study mode and duration:  12 months full-time 24 months part-time

Scholarships: EU Engagement Scholarships worth £10,000 available to applicants from EU countries

Study with us

  • prepare yourself for an application to an applied psychology training programme (for example: Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, PhD in an applied area, Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology training, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist training)
  • applications may be subject to prior achievement of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. Please check the relevant application requirements
  • uniquely combines clinical, health and neuropsychology teaching with professional practice and research methods training
  • offers a series of practitioner-led workshops covering key psychological interventions
  • links with external partners who provide volunteering opportunities (subject to availability)

Why this course?

The course has been developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills development across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology. In addition, you'll receive training in professional practice and research methods.

The knowledge and skills you'll develop will help prepare you for a PhD in a clinical or health-related area, or a career as a Practitioner Psychologist.

You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Note:  This course does not confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This course does not provide the stage 1 qualification in Health Psychology that is a pre-requisite for stage 2/doctorate training in Health Psychology. Find further information from the  British Psychological Society website .

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Interested in postgraduate study?

At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde. Register for upcoming events below:

  • Monthly drop-in sessions

What you’ll study

  • Applied Psychology Topics

Three modules covering key theoretical and applied issues relevant to the clinical, health and neuropsychology disciplines.

Professional Practice

This class provides an evidenced-based introduction to core professional issues and ethical standards specified by key professional guidelines from the British Psychological Society, The Health Care and Professions Council, Scottish Government, NHS, SIGN and NICE.

Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

This class introduces the key epidemiological concepts and study designs as well as qualitative research methods, mixed methods, and evidence synthesis.

Introduction to Psychological Therapies

This class provides you with an introduction to evidence based therapeutic modalities offered in contemporary applied psychology, providing the opportunity to develop and practice clinical skills through role-play with supervised feedback from practitioner psychologists.

Dissertation

You'll undertake a supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes of clinical, health or neuropsychology. Your dissertation can take the form of a primary research study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review/meta-analysis.

Our purpose-built experimental labs and facilities include:

  • Driving Simulator Lab
  • Perception & Action Lab
  • Psychophysiology Lab
  • Psycholinguistics Lab
  • Strathclyde Oculomotor Lab

How to become a psychologist

Find out all you need to know including what a psychologist does, the different types of psychologist and the steps you need to take to become one.

Course content

Clinical Psychology

This class will provide you with a rigorous theoretical and evidenced-based introduction to the field of mental health and chronic disease. We will explore the psychological impact of living with a chronic illness, with a particular focus on the most commonly reported mental health complaints. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of a range of psychological disorders, the evidence base for their etiology and the factors that modulate their chronicity.

Health Psychology

This class will use health psychology theory to examine the relationship between behaviour, health and illness.  We will cover key health behaviours such as screening and adherence and students will learn how to identify the behaviour change content of complex interventions. The class will also examine the role of health psychology in health conditions of significant public health importance, e.g. sleep disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Neuropsychology

This class offers knowledge and training in neuropsychology. It will focus on identifying impairment using neuropsychological assessment and on the diagnosis of neurological disorders. You will gain knowledge and skills relating to neuropsychological assessment across a range of medical conditions. Students will learn about neuropathology, neuroanatomical and functional variation, cognitive and behavioural symptoms of a variety of medical conditions and advanced neuroimaging techniques, which help further our understanding of neurological / psychiatric disorders.

  • Professional Competencies

This class will provide you with an evidenced-based introduction to core professional issues and ethical standards specified by key professional guidelines from the British Psychological Society, The Health Care and Professions Council, Scottish Government, NHS, SIGN and NICE. The development of self-reflection as a core skill of a practitioner psychologist will be encouraged throughout. Working as an Applied Psychologist means that professional behaviour and ethical practice is of the utmost importance. Registered practitioner psychologists are required by law to follow a code of ethics and display professional behaviour at all times. In addition, much litigation occurs as a result of poor communication or exceeding professional competence so teaching students about this early on in their professional careers is important. This class thus provides an understanding of core professional skills which are the linchpin of working as an applied psychologist.

The class will provide you with an introduction to evidence based therapeutic modalities offered in contemporary applied psychology, providing the opportunity to develop and practice clinical skills through role-play with supervised feedback from practitioner psychologists. This type of interactive learning is unique for a non-clinical programme. A series of workshops will introduce you to evidence based therapeutic modalities employed by practitioner psychologists in clinical practice. The development of self-reflection as a core competency and skill of a practitioner psychologist will be encouraged throughout. You will be able to reflect on your experiences of engaging in the practitioner-led, experiential workshops to begin to develop your reflective thinking and writing skills.

  • Research Skills

This class serves as an introduction to research methods in Clinical Health Psychology. It will introduce the key epidemiological concepts and study designs as well as qualitative research methods, mixed methods, and evidence synthesis. This will take place in the context of evaluation which is a key aspect of applied psychological research, and enables a rounded appreciation of the types of data collection and analysis undertaken within the field of clinical health psychology.

The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to the development and implementation of a research project. The class will offer a portfolio of dissertation formats and you will undertake an academic research project in one of the three core topic areas (i.e. clinical, health or neuropsychology). The dissertation can involve any method, relevant to the aims of the project, which is suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.

What our students think

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Vedika Sukhatme

Strathclyde gave me the opportunity to explore different aspects within psychology including health, clinical and neuropsychology. This was important for me as I didn't want to have tunnel vision and was keen to keep my options open.

Dhanshri Shinde psychology student

Dhanshri Shinde

The teaching staff have always been very supportive which is why I would encourage upcoming students to get in touch with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences if they have any issues or questions at all. Other than that the student union is there for any additional support.

Declan McTague, Clinical Health Psychology graduate

Declan McTague

I loved my time studying Clinical Health Psychology at Strathclyde. I was already interested in neuropsychology, which is why I chose the course, and I was able to complete my dissertation in dementia research. Not only did I develop my research skills, but I got to do so whilst analysing MRI images of brains, which was very exciting!

Niharika Mehta psychology graduate

Niharika Mehta

The course at Strathclyde offered not only clinical psychology but also health and neuropsychology. As well as the applied modules, it also included research methodologies and a dissertation. This balance of research and applied psychology is what impressed me.

Clinical Health Psychology student Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

This degree has given me skills in professional practice that I have not been able to develop before and has expanded my knowledge greatly on research methods. It has also given me the courage to pursue my passion while testing me in every way as an intellectual and a human being. My advice for prospective students would be to join the Strathclyde family as soon as possible!

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If you want to know more about what it’s like to be a Humanities & Social Sciences student at the University of Strathclyde, a selection of our current students are here to help!

Our Unibuddy ambassadors can answer all the questions you might have about courses and studying at Strathclyde, along with offering insight into their experiences of life in Glasgow and Scotland.

Entry requirements

Pre-masters preparation course.

The  Pre-Masters Programme  is a preparation course held at the  University of Strathclyde International Study Centre , for international students (non-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships  are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status

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How to become a clinical psychologist

Clinical Psychology is studied at postgraduate level. You'll need an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology to access training to become a clinical psychologist.

What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists use psychological methods and research to offer evidence-based help. Their goal is to support people to make positive changes to their lives.

With highly developed research skills, clinical psychologists carry out research and evaluation to inform their decisions. They provide training and supervision while also promoting reflection on evidence-based practice. Their training allows them to directly or indirectly support other clinicians to deliver psychological therapies.

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Starting your career as clinical psychologist

Choosing subjects at school.

To become a clinical psychologist, you need a good standard of education. Useful subjects include:

  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Human Biology

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Work placements and volunteering

You may find it helpful to get some healthcare experience by doing a work placement or volunteering. You’ll get training, increase your knowledge, and learn new skills. This could help you when applying to university, college or a new job with NHSScotland. 

College and university

Clinical psychology is studied at postgraduate level, this means that you will need an undergraduate honours degree in psychology to gain access to clinical psychology training.

Widening access

Widening participation supports adult learners who want to go to university. If you’re an adult with few or no qualifications, you could get into higher education through the  Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) . Many universities also provide access programmes to help you get the degree entry qualifications you need.

Accessing clinical psychology training

Your psychology degree will need to be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).

You are likely to need at least a 2:1 Honours degree from a BPS-accredited psychological degree programme to meet the entry requirements for clinical psychology training. If you already have an undergraduate degree in a different subject, you can undertake a conversion course in psychology to gain the GBC.

In Scotland, you can study for a doctorate in clinical psychology. These programmes must be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and usually take 3 years to complete. The universities that offer this course are:

  • University of Edinburgh (DClinPsychol)
  • University of Glasgow (DClinPsy)

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Get to know the role

As a clinical psychologist, your aim is to reduce the distress and improve the psychological wellbeing of your clients. You will work with clients with a variety of mental and physical health conditions, including:

  • adjustment difficulties
  • interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • addictive behaviours
  • eating disorders
  • neurological disorders, including dementia or stroke
  • learning disabilities
  • offending behaviour

What you'll do

Tasks include:

  • completing clinical assessments to help develop an understanding of the patients’ problems and how they came about
  • using psychological models and evidence-based intervention to process these assessments and help address the problems
  • assessing patients and their families through interviews, observations, and psychometric tests
  • planning a programme of treatment, including therapy, in partnership with the client
  • developing and evaluating service provision for clients
  • providing training and consultation to other professions, encouraging a psychological approach to their work
  • counselling and supporting carers

You’ll need these skills:

  • active listening
  • relationship-building

Who you'll work with

You’ll work with a range of people, including:

  • allied health professionals
  • mental health professionals

You’ll also work with a variety of clients to reduce psychological distress and promote psychological well-being. This includes:

  • young people and families
  • people with learning disabilities
  • adults of working age
  • older adults
  • organisations

Where you'll work

You could work in:

  • community health centres
  • social services
  • psychiatric units
  • rehabilitation units

Learning and development

Once qualified and registered with the HCPC, you can use the title ‘practitioner psychologist’. You will then be eligible to apply to become a chartered member (CPsychol) of the BPS .

Continuing professional development

As a clinical psychologist, you would be expected to undertake continuing professional development (CPD). This is in order to keep your knowledge and skills up to date. You must undertake an average of 40 hours of CPD per calendar year, over a 3-year period. Your CPD should be varied and balanced. It can include:

  • post-qualification training courses
  • received professional supervision
  • personal psychological counselling for professional purposes
  • systematic reflection on practice

You must also do this to maintain your registration with the HCPC .

Career progression

Gaining qualifications will help your career prospects. As your career progresses, you could move into a more senior roles such as principal clinical psychologist or clinical management. You could oversee your own team, planning for future development or balancing budgets.

You could apply to train as a neuropsychologist by completing the BPS Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) .

More experienced clinical psychologists may decide to move into clinical academic research. You might be called upon to write legal reports and act as an expert witness.

You can also move into teaching, lecturing or research with further experience or completing a PhD.

Professional bodies

British psychological society (bps).

The BPS is the professional body for psychologists in the UK. They offer 3 levels of membership:

  • Student membership is open to everyone studying on a BPS accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course.
  • Graduate membership of the society is the starting point to your career as a psychologist. It is a prerequisite for many accredited post-graduate and doctoral programmes.
  • Chartered membership reflects the highest level of psychological knowledge and expertise.

Find out more on the BPS website .

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC is an independent, UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards for health, psychological and, in England, social work professionals. It maintains a public register of qualified professionals and works to improve industry standards and education.

Find out more on the HCPC website .

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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

The UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the largest professional training course for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom, and welcomes high-calibre candidates from the UK and abroad. The course provides a first-rate training in clinical psychology, leading to a doctoral qualification accredited by the UK’s Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Course’s overarching aim is to train independently minded, scientifically-oriented and compassionate clinicians capable of taking a leadership role in health services at home or abroad. 

The UCL Course is at the forefront of many of the national and local developments and innovations which impact on the profession, and many members of staff are closely involved in NHS planning at both national and local level. We aim to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective clinical practitioners in a rapidly changing NHS. The Course has an explicitly pluralistic ethos and exposes trainees to a variety of approaches. It also encourages practice that demonstrates an awareness of equal opportunities and a sensitivity to the multi-cultural contexts routinely encountered in clinical work in London.

The course is three years in length and consists of a mixture of taught lectures, seminars and workshops running alongside a series of 6 placements based in clinical services in and around London. The academic programme is delivered by a highly experienced team of clinical psychologists, many of whom are world-leaders in their academic and clinical fields. The clinical placements provide trainees with opportunities to develop their skills under experienced supervision in a wide variety of contexts, using a broad range of models, and with a wide spectrum of clients.

As a course that is based in one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, UCL trainees have the opportunity to conduct high-quality research under the supervision of leading scientists in the field.

  • Further information on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

During academic terms, trainees spend 3 days a week on clinical placement; the remaining 2 days are spent either on scheduled teaching in college or study/research. As far as possible academic teaching is integrated with the clinical placements. During academic holidays trainees continue work on their clinical placements, in line with their position as full-time NHS employees.

Trainees start with a full-time, 5-week block of training, which aims to give a general introduction to the key ideas and skills that form the foundation of clinical psychology science and practice. After this, teaching takes place on two days a week during academic terms. The first two terms focus on key scientific and clinical principles and central skills for assessment, engagement and intervention. In addition, specific therapeutic models are introduced (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy), in order to dovetail with the usual pattern of work on trainees’ placements. Teaching on research methods begins in term 2 of the first year. In the third term of year one and the first term of the second year teaching focuses on lifespan developmental processes and systemic therapy.

Second Year

Trainees begin work on their thesis at the beginning of this year. In concert with the lifespan perspective introduced at the end of Year 1, practice-focused teaching in the second year examines psychological work with children, adolescents, adults and older adults in a developmental sequence. The rest of the second year then focuses on disability and health. Statistics teaching is provided during the latter half of the second year.

Third/Final Year

To allow time for research there is a reduced schedule of teaching in the third year with trainees attending teaching a day per fortnight. Teaching in the third year introduces advanced issues in clinical psychology science and practice. This includes consideration of integrative therapies and new developments in theory and research as well as important professional issues designed to smooth the way into qualified professional practice. In the months following submission of the thesis trainees share responsibility for the organisation of the teaching programme.

As this is a vocational programme it is no surprise that graduates go on to work in the NHS or similar healthcare organizations, usually undertaking clinical work. Sometimes they go on to take up clinical research posts in universities, making use of their combination of clinical and research skills. For more information about the profession visit the British Psychological Society website.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Main Office: 020 7679 1897

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MPhil/ PhD/ DEdPsy Psychology

University of strathclyde.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)

Psychology PhD

University of glasgow.

  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

PhD/MPhil Psychology

Heriot-watt university.

  • 3 years Full time degree

Philosophy and Psychology PhD

  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Neuroscience & Psychology PhD

  • 5 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)

Neuroscience (Biomedical Sciences - Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) PhD

The university of edinburgh.

  • 6 years Part time degree

Postgraduate Research Psychology PhD

University of st andrews.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,786 per year (UK)

University of Aberdeen

Mathematical approaches to evaluate health risks, behaviour, and interventions phd, abertay university.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,829 per year (UK)
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,415 per year (UK)

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  • 3 years Distance without attendance degree

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Psychology is the study of the human mind, and the types of behaviours shown by individuals and groups of people. It encompasses many factors, including biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors, and considers both the conscious and unconscious mind. A PhD program in psychology is among the highest formal qualifications which you can study, and involves intensive and extended research projects, designed for individuals who aspire to become leading authorities in the field of human behaviour and cognition.

To qualify for admission to one of the 27 psychology PhD programmes in London, applicants need a strong academic background, including a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology or a closely related field. There are 14 universities which offer PhD courses, and you’ll need to demonstrate prior research experience and a clear project proposal as part of the application process. London is a great place to study a PhD offering students access to top facilities, a large scientific community, and diverse research opportunities.

What to expect

Psychology PhD programmes in London generally range from three to six years in duration, depending on whether you study on a full-time or part-time basis. The course requires long periods of self-driven study, dedication and intellectual rigour. You’ll engage in advanced coursework and statistical analysis, working closely with faculty mentors to develop a specialism in an area of psychology such as specialisation in areas such as clinical psychology, cognitive psychology or social psychology.

Upon completion, you’ll be well placed for careers in academia, research, clinical practice or business organisations, where expertise in human behaviour is vital. PhD programmes meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) education and training standards and carry full accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Counselling Psychology

Take existing skills in psychology and apply them to advanced clinical practice and postgraduate research. Choose a career pathway in professional practice and academia.

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Gain integrated clinical training and extensive professional development through GCU’s DPsych Counselling Psychology – the only programme of its kind in  Scotland. Counselling psychology is a rapidly growing area of applied psychology, and a wide range of diverse settings are in need of highly skilled  HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologists.

In this doctorate programme, you’ll expand your ability to work with complex client groups and contribute impactful research to the field of psychological health.

We draw on our relationships with active practitioners to give you a world-class and highly relevant education,  with clinical training in both humanistic (person-centred) and cognitive-behavioural approaches. We take a holistic and comprehensive approach to instruction, and you’ll develop your skills in applied psychological theory and research as well as complete work in ongoing clinical placements.

Here, you’ll be a part of a thriving, open and diverse community with a shared investment in social responsibility and a  commitment to the common good.

Graduate prospects

On graduation, you will qualify for Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society and you are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

Our graduates benefit from the growing demand for in-depth training and leadership abilities in the field of psychological therapy – and from GCU’s excellent academic reputation and world top 5% ranking. Our alumni work as registered counselling psychologists, making a positive impact in independent practice and academia, the NHS and in social care, organisational, educational and forensic settings.

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Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling

The Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling is an advanced qualification enabling graduates to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of settings.

Please check the  postgraduate Degree Finder  to see the specific entry requirements, start date and application deadlines. 

The Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines full professional training, meeting recognised standards for counselling training and education, with the opportunity to develop as a researcher in a lively research community. With the full-time route designed to meet the needs of – but not exclusive to – international students and the part-time route aimed more at local students, the programme provides a route both to professional qualification and doctoral-level research achievement. 

Studying at a world-class institution, you will benefit from outstanding resources to support your learning on this programme. You will be facilitated in your professional learning by core tutors who are experienced practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as by a clinical tutor who will meet with you regularly, and a practice supervisor who will help you reflect on your counselling work. Students must complete 300 hours of supervised client work in a practice placement to gain this qualification. As you take up your research project you will have opportunities to attend research seminars, workshops, conferences and events within an active and supportive research environment. 

Why choose this programme? 

This programme is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby making a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. 

A distinctive feature of this programme is the opportunity to gain practice experience at a range of counselling agencies, including our own dedicated placement agency, Hope Park Counselling Centre, one of only four such research and practice centres in the UK.  We guarantee our full time Doctorate students a first placement in Hope Park Counselling Centre. 

Find out more about Hope Park Counselling Centre

We also have excellent links with a range of agencies across Scotland, and support students to find their second practice placement within one of these agencies. 

While this degree qualifies you to provide one-to-one counselling with adult clients, you can also develop your skills, knowledge and experience for working with couples and/or children and young people by taking additional option courses and through placements with relevant counselling agencies. You are also welcome to attend other selected courses in counselling and psychotherapy, as well as courses provided by other subject areas in the School, and in related disciplines across the University. 

Can I practise professionally as a counsellor/psychotherapist after completing this programme?

Yes, graduates of this programme are able to apply for individual accreditation as a counsellor or psychotherapist with a UK professional body. It contains a recognised qualification to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor.

Beyond the programme 

The Doctorate of Psychotherapy and Counselling is the highest level of qualification available in this area. It enables graduates to practice as counsellors or therapists in the UK, and in other countries with equivalent professional and academic standards. 

Graduates can gain positions as practitioners, counselling educators, managers and academics working in a range of settings, including private, statutory and voluntary or non-government sectors. 

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