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Course summary

Studying Clinical Psychology opens the door to a career which is infinitely varied, enabling you to undertake clinical work with a broad range of people experiencing a very diverse range of mental health difficulties. Clinical Psychologists not only seek to alleviate mental distress; they also work actively to promote psychological health and wellbeing. In addition to direct clinical work with people, you are also likely to be able to undertake service-related research, and provide consultation and supervision to other mental health professionals, teams and services. Our Clinical Psychology doctorate integrates clinical, academic and research practice to achieve the highest quality of professional training. We offer one of the largest and longest established Clinical Psychology training programmes in the UK, and have a national reputation for excellence and innovative practice. Our programme team is made up of senior Clinical Psychologists who bring a wealth of experience in clinical practice, and draw upon a broad range of different therapeutic modalities, to inform their teaching and research interests.


The programme reflects a wide range of therapeutic models and provides training in the theoretical and research underpinnings, and practical application, of at least six mainstream psychological models (lifespan developmental, community, systemic, psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioural). Year One Working with adults across a wide range of potential specialities and developing core clinical and therapeutic skills across a range of therapeutic approaches. Year Two Working within services for children, adolescents and their families/carers, and with people with disabilities to develop advanced clinical competencies. Year Three Working with older people and supplementary specialist practice to develop advanced clinical competencies, and multi-agency and inter-professional working. In the final year of training, it may be possible to undertake a clinical placement within the student’s country of origin. Various teaching pathways have been introduced in the third year, which allow trainees to choose between a range of possible teaching options. These may include options that focus on the development of particular skills in a chosen therapeutic modality (e.g. systemic CBT, CAT), or in teaching that focuses on specialist areas (e.g. consultancy or cross-cultural clinical psychology). Research teaching occurs throughout all three years.

Assessment method

The programme adopts a continuous assessment model utilising a range of assessment methods. These include reports of professional practice, clinical portfolio and viva, critical reviews of literature, and a major research thesis plus viva. Examinations are not used as a means of assessment on this programme.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council

Entry requirements

A BPS accredited psychology undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above which confers GBC. A BPS accredited psychology undergraduate degree at 2.2 level which confers GBC together with a relevant MSc at 65% or above. A non-psychology degree at 2.1 or above together with a BPS accredited psychology MSc at 60% or above, which confers GBC. If English is not your first language you are required to have an IELTS with an overall score of 7.5 with no element below 7.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Clinical Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University - UCAS