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ClinPsyD Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Duration
3 Years
Entry requirements
A degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) in single honours Psychology, or joint honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course, is required.

The degree must have already been awarded at the time of application; candidates who are currently undergraduates will not be short-listed for interview.

Candidates must establish their eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society before making an application.

A minimum of 12 months' paid FTE clinically-relevant experience, such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research, is also essential.

Formal consent to participate as service users in practical and clinical teaching will be required as a condition of entry to the programme.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Application for the ClinPsyD programme is made through the British Psychological Society's Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology .

Overseas applicants who do not meet the criteria for home or EU fee status should also apply through the clearing house system.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
ClinPsyD Y N N N

Programme overview

This three-year Programme, leading to a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, is provided by the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health of the University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is the largest single-site University in the UK and the Division has an international reputation for the development and evaluation of psychological therapies, with particular strengths in CBT, psychosis, emotional problems in adults and children, functional ('medically unexplained') symptoms and health psychology.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what undertaking postgraduate research at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

To be announced.

Currently, trainees are fully funded by Health Education England and are full-time employees of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. They have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements and are subject to the normal policies and procedures of the employing Trust. On entry to the programme all trainees commence on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

Additional expenses

Trainees may loan video / audio recorders to record clinical sessions to aid their development as clinicians on placement. Cameras /audio recorders and memory sticks are provided for this purpose; trainees are required to pay for replacements should they be broken or lost.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0400
Email
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) in single honours Psychology, or joint honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course, is required.

The degree must have already been awarded at the time of application; candidates who are currently undergraduates will not be short-listed for interview.

Candidates must establish their eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society before making an application.

A minimum of 12 months' paid FTE clinically-relevant experience, such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research, is also essential.

Formal consent to participate as service users in practical and clinical teaching will be required as a condition of entry to the programme.

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you  must  supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 8.0 overall or TOEFL iBT 112. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 7.0 (IELTS) or 25 (iBT). 

For more information about English language tests see English language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries, provided all applicants are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Potential applicants should contact the BPS for further information on equivalency and how to register.

Relevant work experience

A minimum of 12 months' FTE clinically-relevant experience, such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research, is also essential.

Professional entry qualification

All applicants must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

Other entry requirements

A minimum of 12 months' clinically-relevant experience, such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research, is also essential.

Application and selection

How to apply

Application for the ClinPsyD programme is made through the British Psychological Society's Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology .

Overseas applicants who do not meet the criteria for home or EU fee status should also apply through the clearing house system.

Advice to applicants

All applications should be made via the Clearing House for Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Psychology , and not directly to the University.

All applications must be sent to the Clearing House by the beginning of December the year prior to intended entry; applicants should contact the Clearing House for precise deadline dates for their year of entry.

Interview requirements

Interviews will be held in the spring of each year and take the form of one interview, approximately 30 minutes in length.

The programme constantly strives to improve the interview process and additions to this format are possible. The interview panel consists of programme staff, local NHS clinicians and community members.

Applicants should obtain the interview schedule from Clearing House and ensure they are available during the allotted week. Alternative interview dates are not available.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Due to our funding arrangements, we are only able to consider EU citizens or international applicants with Indefinite Leave to Remain (or 'settled' status under immigration rules) with 3 years' residency in the UK for funded places.

We now have places for a limited number of students from international countries with overseas fees status, who are seeking the ClinPsyD qualification. These individuals will be required to meet the same entry standards as other successful applicants. As these places are self-funded we encourage candidates to investigate whether bursaries or other funding is available from their home government or other local agencies before applying. You will also need the means to financially support yourself through the three year training programme as the time commitment required for training will not allow for employment. The fees for international students for 2019 entry are currently set at £30,500 per year.

Aptitude test requirement

From 2020, applicants who meet all entry requirements will be invited to sit a GMA (General Mental Ability) test.

The results from this will be used to deselect a proportion of applicants and the remaining candidates will then be shortlisted using the programme's usual process.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers are made subject to Occupational Health clearance via the NHS. Further information can be provided prior to interview if required.

All students are required to demonstrate appropriate professional conduct. Fitness to practice procedures will be invoked in the case of breaches of professional guidelines and codes of conduct.

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 73KB) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

All offers are made subject to receiving clearance on an enhanced DBS check. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply and all convictions and cautions must be declared, even those which would normally be considered spent.

Deferrals

Deferrals are not normally permitted.

Transfers

Transfers are not normally permitted.

Programme details

Programme description

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year programme of academic and clinical training offered. It is the result of close collaboration between the University and clinical psychologists in north-west England.

The programme aims to train practitioners who are able to fulfil the responsibilities and duties of clinical psychologists in a range of settings. In addition to a comprehensive in-depth training in cognitive-behavioural approaches, teaching is provided in psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, systemic approaches, clinical neuropsychology work, team working and leadership, research methods and other therapeutic and clinical approaches. A critical evaluation of all models is emphasised throughout the training. There is strong emphasis on research throughout the programme and students work alongside research programmes within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health.

It is recognised that the majority of graduates will be employed within the National Health Service. The programme is thus geared to train clinical psychologists who will be able to meet the appropriate client needs and organisational requirements of the NHS and other statutory and voluntary bodies who work in collaboration with the health service.

The training covers a wide geographical area, with placements at present available in many NHS Trusts throughout the north-west. The structure of the training spans both taught and research elements, with specialist teaching units co-ordinated around intensive clinical placements.

Further details can be found in the Trainee Clinical Psychologist job description (Word, 110KB) and on the ClinPsyD Handbook website.

 

Aims

Theoretical standpoint

Central to the role of the clinical psychologist is the capacity to understand varied and complex psychological theories and to apply these to formulate cases and plan intervention strategies.

The programme is essentially cognitive-behavioural in orientation and aims to provide trainees with comprehensive, in-depth training in this approach. Training and opportunities for clinical experience are also provided in other methods, particularly family systems and psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, functional analysis and other therapeutic approaches. A critical evaluation of all models is emphasised throughout the training.

There is a specific focus upon procedures derived from experimental and clinical research, and the model of the scientist-practitioner is encouraged. The approach to case work emphasises full assessment and formulation, followed by the generation and experimental testing of clinical hypotheses.

The programme aims to provide trainees with the skills that will enable them to be reflective practitioners within the changing needs of the NHS.

Special features

Trainee support and development

The programme places considerable importance on trainee support and development. A number of formal and informal support systems are available to trainees.

Each trainee is allocated a clinical tutor within the programme team who reviews all aspects of progress at placement visits on a three-monthly basis. Trainees also have an academic advisor.

  • The programme has a unit dedicated to the personal and professional development of the trainees, which aims to develop a collaborative group ethos as well as facilitate self-reflection and career development.
  • Trainees have representation on programme committees.
  • There is a 'buddy' system so that new trainees will be contacted by a trainee already on the programme.
  • The trainee advocate, a qualified clinical psychologist elected by the trainees, undertakes an advocacy role on behalf of the trainees independent of the programme management.
  • For trainees experiencing difficulties, a confidential contacts network is in place to allow trainees to seek out support and therapy independently of the programme structure.

Teaching and learning

Placements

The training covers a wide geographical area, with placements available in many NHS Trusts throughout the north-west at present. Trainees spend 50% of the programme gaining supervised clinical experience on placements across the north-west of England. Several local NHS Trusts support the programme by providing these placements, most of which are in Greater Manchester, but also include Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire.

Applicants need to be aware that in applying for the programme they have accepted that they will have to travel required distances from their homes to the locations specified above. Travel within placements will also be expected.

It is necessary that all applicants possess a valid driving licence and have regular access to their own transport to enable them to fulfil the requirements of placements (subject to reasonable adjustments for disability).

If offered an interview, you will be required to bring your photocard licence on the day of the interview, which will also be used as photographic proof of identity. Applicants without a photocard licence must bring their paper driving licence and current passport.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of the programme are for students to acquire:

  • appropriate theoretical and academic knowledge;
  • appropriate clinical and practical skills;
  • knowledge of the appropriate professional and service structures and standards;
  • appropriate research and evaluation skills.

These objectives are achieved through lectures, workshops and seminars, private study, supervised clinical placements and research practice, including the presentation of a doctoral thesis, an audit of clinical activity, a service-related project and case reports.

The variety of study methods used on the course allows students to be exposed to a wide range of experienced clinical psychologists and other professionals, mainly based in the north-west.

Coursework and assessment

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is awarded on the basis of the formal evaluation of practical work, academic work and a research project. Trainees must pass all three aspects of the evaluation procedure in order to be awarded the degree.

Practical work

Trainees are rated by clinical supervisors for clinical knowledge and competence at the end of each placement. Failure to achieve satisfactory ratings may lead to discontinuation of training. Trainees present, and must pass, a total of five pieces of work, including four case reports and an audit of clinical activity carried out during the first or second year and a service related project carried out in the third year.

Academic work

There are short examinations at the end of each teaching block in March and June of Year 1, and March and June of Year 2. Resits of all papers are allowed. Confirmation of registration is dependent upon passing these examinations. Clinical case reports may also be the subject of viva voce examination at this stage. University regulations permit a candidate to resit failed examinations in August of the same year.

Research thesis

The research thesis is submitted at the end of March of the third year and is examined orally in early July. There are three main categories of outcome, i.e. pass (with or without minor corrections), resubmit, and fail. Resubmission requires a considerable revision of the work and may delay the award of the degree.

Programme content for year 1

Clinical experience (Years 1 and 2)

Clinical training is supervised by experienced clinical psychologists. A wide range of supervisors is available and there is a wealth of clinical expertise within the geographical area.

The first two years consist of four blocks of six-month clinical placements in the areas of adult, child, older adults and learning disability.

Current placements cover many different areas, including behavioural medicine, substance misuse, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive therapy, behavioural medicine, family therapy and psychotherapy.

Trainees are visited at the mid-point and end of each placement by their clinical tutor, who facilitates and reviews their clinical development.

Programme content for year 3

The third year provides trainees with the opportunity to work in more specialist settings or re-visit clinical settings in which they wish to develop further.

Current third year placements cover many different areas, including:

  • health psychology
  • substance misuse
  • forensic psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • cognitive therapy
  • family therapy
  • psychotherapy.

Trainees are encouraged to undertake a single nine-month placement (four days per week) in Year 3 to gain a more realistic experience of post-qualification working, although two concurrent placements may also be considered.

The choice of third-year placement may be more limited in cases where core clinical competencies have not been demonstrated in Years 1 and 2.

Programme unit details

The ClinPsyD programme begins with a four-week induction, during which basic interviewing skills, assessment, formulation and treatment techniques are introduced.

Academic work, including formal instruction, study time and research time, takes place for two days per week during university term time throughout Years 1 and 2. The first semester of Year 3 is dedicated to teaching and research work.

The programme does not give credit for applicants or students prior (experiential) learning. Teaching is organised into a modular system and is provided by programme staff and clinicians from around the north-west.

Teaching is provided on:

  • common presentations and core clinical skills/issues pertaining to the four core clinical areas in Years 1 and 2 (adult, child, older adult, learning disability);
  • personal and professional development (including team working and leadership);
  • cognitive behavioural therapy;
  • psychodynamic interpersonal therapy;
  • specialist areas (eg clinical neuropsychology, application of clinical psychology in health and forensic settings);
  • diversity and engaging the community (with input from carers and service users from our Community Liaison Group);
  • research methods;
  • statistics.

Teaching is organised around placements for the first two years, and is didactic and skills-based, as appropriate, with teaching in the third year being largely workshop and seminar-based.

As a condition of entry to the programme applicants are required to provide formal written consent to participate as service users in practical and clinical teaching.

Trainees are assigned a clinical tutor and academic advisor to facilitate and review all aspects of their progress throughout the three years. 

Facilities

The programme is based on the main University campus, in the Zochonis building. Trainees have two dedicated teaching rooms, two computer labs with access to black and white laser printing, a locker room and kitchen facilities. 

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate. Find out more on the Careers page.

Accrediting organisations

The ClinPsyD Programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, accredited by the British Psychological Society.