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Course summary

Our PhD/MPhil Clinical Psychology programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Clinical Psychology. Research within clinical psychology spans the spectrum of key research themes integral to improving our understanding of psychological disorders. These include:

  • the integration of psychological explanation to derive understanding and intervention;
  • interpersonal and family environments;
  • cognition;
Research training within clinical psychology provides a flexible platform for career development while offering structured progression to ensure study objectives are met. You will join a research group and quickly be immersed in the current research activity being conducted. With your supervisory team, you will follow an intense induction, including agreeing on the key objectives of the study, resources available, relevant seminars and opportunities for personal development. Within the wider research group, you will have the opportunity to discuss your research with fellow students, post-doctoral candidates and academics. Divisional seminars and research group journal clubs will provide background to recent developments within the discipline and there will be ample opportunity to share personal research findings, contribute to publications and attend/present at prominent conferences. Most academics are clinical academics and as such have clinical posts within local NHS Trusts, helping to ensure that research ideas and findings are grounded in clinical practice. NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) is also an important funder for clinical psychology PhDs. All research students are encouraged to attend course units from within the programme that are relevant to their research topic. Typical units include:
  • Practical Issues in Psychological Research;
  • Advanced General Methods in Psychology;
  • Structured Approaches to Qualitative Data in Psychology;
  • Philosophical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology;
  • Using Advanced Statistics in Psychology;
If you intend to pursue doctoral study in clinical psychology (i.e. a three-year programme of academic and clinical training) then please note that the entry route for this is different to that for a PhD; please click here for information on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD).


Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set.
Clinical Psychology at University of Manchester - UCAS