Welcome to DClinPsy Psychology
Accreditations and Memberships
This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (Doctor of Clinical Psychology - DClinPsy).
Students begin their training with a concentrated block of teaching, during which we can assess their baseline competences in a range of areas. We also aim to provide detailed and constructive formative feedback, and students can develop their own learning plan.
As students progress on the programme, they have increasing opportunities to reflect on their personal trajectory as a psychologist in training and discover their talents and interests. Central to students’ professional development is our practice-based learning approach to both teaching and assessment.
Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Models
As BPS-accredited training, this programme offers experience in cognitive behavioural therapy and other evidence-based practice models. During the first term of the second year, there are flexible options which allow students to study complementary and alternative evidence-based practice approaches. During the third year, there is the opportunity to consolidate special interest through the choice of the third year specialist placement.
How You Study
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
These one-year placements aim to help students feel part of a team, establish a secure base, identify with a service, develop effective working relationships, and work with longer-term cases. Foundation placements are usually in adult mental health services with an emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy based formulations and interventions. Other evidence-based practice models are also introduced to encourage students to make critical comparisons and develop expertise in their preferred approaches.
One of the defining characteristics of being a clinical psychologist is the constant requirement to integrate theoretical knowledge and scientific methods of psychology with sound practical competences within a professional and ethical framework. To help with this challenge, we have designed a learning experience that is practice-based from the start.
Students joining the programme become members of a learning group of four trainees, collaborating to analyse and solve a range of problems that reflect clinical realities. Working as a group, they are able to tackle issues arising within individual, group, and systemic interventions using a variety of strategies and techniques. As part of this experience, students can consolidate their team-working skills, enhance their understanding of group dynamics, and reflect on their functioning in groups. Practice-based exercises are at the core of the intensive initial teaching block and aim to develop the confidence and skills needed to enjoy and make the best use of the learning opportunities on the Foundation Placement.
The programme operates buddy and mentor schemes to support trainees. The buddy scheme aims to pair up first year students with those who have already progressed on the course to provide informal support and help build relationships between different year groups. The mentor scheme is designed to enable trainees to make contact with a qualified clinical psychologist in the Trent region for support throughout the programme.
The research pathway is designed to increase confidence by building up students’ research projects through a number of stages, each of which attracts detailed formative feedback and contributes to the final research portfolio, which may provide students with two potentially publishable papers. Students will be asked to think about their thesis topic before the start of the programme, and are provided with a list of potential topics to choose from. It is also expected that students will have finished their thesis by the end of the first term of the third year of the programme.
The Sarah Swift Building is the home of the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for the wider University.
Over the past two decades, the University has invested more than £350 million in its Brayford Pool Campus, with further plans to invest in additional facilities and refurbishments of existing buildings. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything you need is either on campus or a short walk away.
This programme is designed to train people from a diverse range of backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy, to inform their practice as HCPC registered and BPS chartered clinical psychologists.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Fees and Funding
This programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions. Funding updates can be found on the Clearing House funding page:
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