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3 years

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DClinPsy Psychology

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Key Information


3 years


Brayford Pool

Validation Status




Course Code


Welcome to DClinPsy Psychology

The DClinPsy Psychology at Lincoln is referred to as the Trent Programme, a multi-agency collaboration between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham.

The programme is designed to train students from diverse backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to inform their practice as Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered clinical psychologists. Upon successful completion, the programme leads to the award of a DClinPsy doctoral degree.

The programme aims to develop the strengths of both scientist-practitioner and reflective-practitioner stances; skills in a variety of assessment, formulation, and intervention techniques; confidence in using research methods to answer clinical questions; organisational and service evaluation skills; and awareness of priority groups within the NHS. Students can develop the confidence required to perform as highly effective individual clinicians, and in the leadership and consultancy roles expected of the clinical psychologists of the future.

Applicants can apply for Autumn 2020 entry through Clearing House from September 2019:

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).

Trainee Experience

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

The overall purpose and philosophy of the programme is designed to meet the changing clinical, organisational, and training needs of the NHS.

The course begins with a focus on working with individuals, progresses to working with groups and families, before finally focusing on working at a societal level and on systems and in organisations. The programme is complemented by the opportunity to develop research skills and takes an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

In accordance with the current Health and Care Professions Council Standards for Education and Training, and with current British Psychological Society accreditation criteria, teaching is based on HCPC Standards of Proficiency and BPS core competences. The academic programme has been designed to mirror the planned acquisition of competences on placements.

Year One

During the first year, the emphasis is on acquiring basic clinical skills and practising them in one-to-one settings. These skills are taught in the Professional Skills module delivered primarily at the University of Lincoln. Students also start the first research module and trainees have a year-long two-part Foundation Placement in their home Trust during the first year.

The first part of the placement focuses on assessment and formulation, and the second on intervention and evaluation. Clinical placement work is introduced in the first term and provides the opportunity to practise the skills students have developed, to work with longer term cases, and to become familiar with how a clinical psychology service operates.

During the second term, the Individual Client Interventions module is taught at the University of Nottingham on a day release basis, alongside the second research module in which trainees produce a systematic literature review. Throughout most of the programme trainees have one day per week for independent study, and during certain parts of the programme students also have a day per week for research.

Year Two

In the second year, students can consolidate their skills and begin to develop the competences required to work with people with disabilities, children and adolescents, and older adults. They are able to do this during two core placements of six months in a clinical area which differs from the Foundation Placement. These placement experiences are supported by two academic modules: Integration and Specialist Options, which emphasises evidence-based practice alternatives to cognitive behavioural therapy in Term 1; and Life-span Development in Term 2. During the second year, trainees also work towards completion of a research portfolio for submission early in the third year.

Year Three

The final year of the programme focuses on developing the skills needed to work with small groups and families, before shifting towards working with systems and at an organisational level. There are two taught modules: Families, Groups, and Indirect Work (taught at Lincoln during Term 1), and Systems and Organisations (taught at Nottingham during Term 2).

Students also undertake two more placements and may have the opportunity to choose one of these placements in a specialised area. The main purpose of theses placements is to ensure that any client groups, areas of work, standards of proficiency, and competences not addressed by the previous placements, but required by the HCPC and the BPS, have been achieved.

Contact and Independent Study

On Placement:

While on a placement, students receive one and a half hours per week of formal supervision and one and a half hours of informal contact with a supervisor. There is also a minimum of three meetings per placement with a clinical tutor. More meetings are available depending on individual student needs.


There is a thirteen-week intense block of teaching at start of the course, followed by teaching one day per week for most of the first six months of the academic year. There is also a minimum of two meetings per term with a personal tutor (one individual and one group).


Students are able to meet with their research tutor a minimum of ten times per year. More meetings are available depending on individual student needs.

Independent Study:

Students are generally expected to spend one day per week in independent study. Larger blocks of independent study and study days are expected around the thesis and other submissions. The amount of independent study required will vary depending on the individual needs of each student.

† 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.

B - Research Module 2021-22PSY9228MLevel 82021-22In this module students follow up the research proposal submitted in ERA by (for example) liaising with local services, gathering data, and where appropriate, gathering data to be written up for their research portfolio submitted in BRP. This module also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in applying their research skills to evaluating their own effectiveness on placement and/or some aspect of a local service, or other small-scale research query related to clinical psychology. Students are also expected to learn to collect and scrutinise data appropriate to their enquiry, analyse the data using suitable quantitative and/or qualitative methods, discuss their findings in a scholarly style, reflect on their research experience in a structured format, and condense their research into brief reports.CoreB - Research Portfolio 2022-23PSY9229MLevel 82022-23This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to conduct and report on a doctoral level research project which makes an original contribution to knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. Students are expected to learn to scrutinise data appropriate to their enquiry, analyse the data using suitable quantitative and/or qualitative methods, discuss and present their findings in a scholarly style, reflect on their research experience in a structured format, and condense their research into an academic paper intended for submission to a named peer-reviewed journal. Trainees also develop broader dissemination skills and are required to create a conference style poster.CoreEarly Research Assessments 2020-21PSY9230MLevel 82020-21This module aims to lay the foundation for the research component of the programme by introducing students to: the most influential study designs used in clinical psychology, theoretical and practical aspects of systematically searching relevant literature to answer specific clinical and research questions, and conducting applied research in healthcare settings. In the first part of the module, students develop a defensible plan for a doctoral-level research project, acquire the skill of writing formal research proposals for university and/or NHS ethics committees (taking due account of the principles of ethical research and the requirements of the HCPC, BPS and other bodies as appropriate) and develop their literature searching and synthesis skills. In the second part of the module, students further their research project by undertaking a systematic review of the literature in their chosen area of interest. Successful completion is designed to result in a publication-ready paper which becomes a component of the final research project portfolio (BRP). This module is the first step students take toward the completion of their research project portfolio and submission-ready journal papers.CoreFamilies, Groups and Indirect Work 2022-23PSY9206MLevel 82022-23This module changes focus from the individual to the individual within a couple, family or other small group system and aims to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of working with larger modules, such as families, couples and groups. Students have the opportunity to consider the nature of problems for which multi-person interventions are most appropriate. The module progresses to the application of clinical psychology theory and practice with the aim of developing the skills of assessing, formulating and intervening indirectly through third parties such as other family members, care staff, and multi-disciplinary teams.CoreFoundation Placement A 2020-21PSY9232MLevel 82020-21This module is designed to establish the transferable skill of forging close theory-practice links and developing the core competences of assessment, formulation, communication in a professional applied setting. By observing clinical assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation students have the chance to develop an understanding of the breadth of work in clinical psychology and the structure of the services in which it is delivered. Before proceeding to individual client interventions, students are expected to develop competence in basic clinical psychology assessment and formulation strategies, mainly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective through practice, feedback and supervision.CoreFoundation Placement B 2020-21PSY9233MLevel 82020-21This module is designed to consolidate the transferable skill of forging close theory-practice links and adding the core competence of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) intervention to those of assessment, formulation and communication. The module is closely linked to Foundation Placement A and would normally occur in the same service with the same coordinating supervisors and typically with some of the same clients. The emphasis shifts from assessment and formulation to applying their results to individual client interventions.CoreIndividual Client Interventions 2020-21PSY9231MLevel 82020-21This module is designed to provides students with the theoretical foundations to understand the phenomenology of problems commonly referred to clinical psychology services. In this module students develop the key skills for planning and delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions with individual clients, based specifically on models of engagement and change of CBT and other psychological Evidence-Based Practice models.CoreIntegration and Specialist Options 2021-22PSY9235MLevel 82021-22This module looks to build on the skills and knowledge, acquired through previous modules concerning working with people as a clinical psychologist and aims to prepare students for developing specialist interests in their third year of training. Students will have the chance to develop an understanding of why people change or fail to change in response to intervention. The programme will offer students a choice of contemporary evidence based theoretical models. Students are expected to compare and contrast these with mainstream Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in order to develop a synthesis which they can apply critically in an integrative or trans-theoretical framework to work with complex clients.CoreLifespan Development 2021-22PSY9234MLevel 82021-22This module introduces a developmental perspective that tracks an individual across the lifespan, taking account of the diversity of different developmental trajectories, and looks to consolidate knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules by framing these within the evolving challenges faced by individuals as they progress from birth to old age. The module is designed to complement the adult focus of PRS and ICI by emphasising common clinical problem presentations of infants, children, adolescents and older adults.CoreProfessional Skills 2020-21PSY9189MLevel 82020-21This module is designed to introduce students to the theoretical foundations and key skills that will be needed for the first clinical placement. There is a particular emphasis on establishing an understanding of, and competences in, assessing and formulating clinical casework from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) perspective and introducing students to alternative Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) models.CoreSecond Year Placements 2021-22PSY9236MLevel 82021-22The focus of this module is the development of skills and applying clinical psychology expertise across the human life span and spectrum of diversity, thereby complementing the taught Lifespan Development module. During second year placements trainees normally work in two different service settings and have the chance to extend the knowledge and competences acquired in the Foundation Placement modules through work with services dedicated to different age groups, clients with divergent developmental pathways and those with disabilities. In addition, students can develop competences in relation to people who present with more complex clinical problems and/or circumstances where greater consideration has to be given to intervening with couples, families, groups and indirectly through others. This module aims to provide students with opportunities to work in the NHS and in other complex organisations, such as schools, social services, residential care and institutions to develop proficient knowledge of specialised interventions for targeted client groups.CoreSystems and Organisations 2022-23PSY9207MLevel 82022-23This module is designed to build on skills and knowledge acquired through previous modules, about individuals, groups and families and competencies in indirect intervention. Students have the the chance to develop a sophisticated framework to understand systems and organisations, and the skills needed to influence them. The emphasis in this module is on the organisational contexts within which clinical psychologists work, particularly in the NHS, but also in local authority, education, forensic and third sector agencies.CoreThird Year Placements 2022-23PSY9237MLevel 82022-23This module looks to complement the taught Integration and Specialist Options module in the second year with an emphasis on acquiring skill in an evidence-based approach other than generic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The aim is for students to select a specialist area in which to further their skills, knowledge, and experience. Students on this placement have the chance to develop expertise either in a specialised approach and/or a new area, or with a specialised client group or service setting that they intend to work with once qualified. In addition, this module aims to ensure that students have acquired all the skills and competences needed to complete the requirements for registration with the HPC and eligibility to be a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.Core

How you are assessed

The programme makes use of practice-based learning and associated assessments during the first and third years. Students are assessed using a combination of assessed role-play interviews and presentations, as well as written exercises. The programme also uses case studies, essays, oral presentations, and vivas to assess progress throughout the programme.

Assessment Feedback

Students will receive assignment feedback via email consisting of a provisional grade, detailed formative feedback (containing the comments of at least two markers), and a summary statement.

First Submissions

For anything other than the thesis, we aim to return marks and feedback on the Friday morning six weeks post-submission. If delayed, feedback will be returned the following Friday.

Extensions and Resubmissions

Normal turnaround time cannot be guaranteed for students who receive extensions or resubmissions of work.

Foundation Placements

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.

Practice-based Learning

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.

Trainee Support

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.

Research Pathways

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.


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Career Opportunities

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 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, and a minimum of one year of relevant experience. Candidates with a lower second class degree may be considered if they also have a Masters degree.

Applicants should have previous supervised practical experience relevant to clinical training which demonstrates that they have the personal and intellectual ability, including writing skills, to pursue a challenging and demanding postgraduate training course.

Postgraduate research experience can be an advantage, and the capacity to be critical and analytical, to work in a self-motivated independent way, and to set personal priorities is essential. Innovative and entrepreneurial potential is also highly desirable. Candidates should have a long-standing interest in clinical psychology and a strong understanding and commitment to the positive and unique contribution psychologists can make to the NHS.

Excellent interpersonal skills at a level appropriate for dealing with people in distress and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines are expected. Candidates should note that with the Clearing House application the Relevant Experience Reference must be from your current employer.

The programme covers a large geographical area and teaching is provided at both the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham. A current driving licence or other means of being independently mobile is essential. Trainees should expect to travel for at least two and a half hours per day (between both universities and from base to placement).

Trainees whose first language is not English will be required to have a recognised English language qualification achieved no more than two years prior to admission:

- A British Council IELTS overall minimum score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0, achieved no more than two years prior to admission.- Pearson Test of English Academic: 73 (minimum 67).- Centre for English Language Education pre-sessional course final assessment of Pass with High Distinction.

The selection procedure operates within the equal opportunities policies of the two universities and the NHS partners, and no applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Groups currently under-represented in clinical psychology are encouraged to apply, including individuals from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

The programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions, and successful candidates will be employed by one of the three partner trusts. All applicants are subject to the same selection process and criteria regardless of which NHS Trust employs them.

Entry to the programme is through the Clearing House application and subsequent selection procedure. All trainees must undertake the full programme. APL or APEL does not apply.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Specific Funding and Bursaries

This programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions. Funding updates can be found on the Clearing House funding page:

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

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