Newcastle University

Clinical Psychology

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Rank: 200 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Main Site (Newcastle)


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 36 months

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Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. It integrates academic and practical teaching across a range of psychological approaches. Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust employ our trainees for the duration of the course.Teaching across all years is predominantly in groups and generally conforms to the principles of 'adult learning'. For example, we view our trainees as active agents who share responsibility for their own development, and we expect our teachers to behave like 'guides' rather than experts. We consider 'discovery' learning to be the optimal way of achieving many of our objectives and expect that, rather than passively receiving information, our trainees will be empowered to question clinical lore, develop new conceptualisations, integrate new and old knowledge, and work on developing new skills collaboratively and experientially.We ensure that the course reflects the current needs of the NHS. Local Special Interest Groups also contribute extensively to the design and delivery of the courses. We are recognised for having very positive relationships with local NHS services, with graduates being held in high regard, and for the strong research component of the course (BPS Approval report, 2012).Delivery:The course begins with a three week full-time induction teaching block. The remainder of the first year's academic teaching continues for two days per week, alongside one day for self-directed study and two days on clinical placement in the NHS, which continues in year two from September until December.For part two of the programme (which starts in February of year two) there are up to three teaching days per month (all Mondays) until the end of the course.The academic teaching is organised in courses, each of which is intended to contribute to our aims and objectives in a coherent and integrated way. These competency-based courses include:•Induction•Assessment•Formulation•Intervention•Evaluation•Research•Service Delivery•Communication and Teaching•Specialist Topics•Personal Professional Development (PPD).The dissertation consists of a literature review and empirical project presented in manuscript form, each typically 5,000 to 8,000 words in length. You will begin work on this in the second part of year one, collect data through year two and submit in year three.It aims to introduce you to the realities of conducting clinically relevant research and to foster the competencies conducive to an active research role in the NHS. This requires the ability to:•identify appropriate topics•formulate relevant questions•select an appropriate methodology•submit a research proposal•execute the project within a tight schedule•analyse the results•communicate the findings effectively through written and oral methods.The region's research community has a range of ongoing clinically relevant research programmes and welcomes collaboration with our trainees. All projects have an explicit psychological underpinning. We encourage a programmatic research model, in keeping with research and development initiatives in the NHS. This offers you significant advantages in terms of knowledge, expertise and support for the work you are undertaking.A service-related development research project, of 5,000 words, is also submitted in year two. This is normally conducted during placements in year one or two. It aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate competence in relation to service-related, implementation research. It will address topics primarily of relevance to the practice of clinical psychology within the local clinical service in which it is undertaken (e.g. an audit or staff training).Placements:Clinical experience takes place during four, six month core placements followed by an elective placement of 11 months.


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology. 2:2 honours degrees will be considered if you have evidence of subsequent academic achievement equivalent to a good 2.1. This could include a PhD or an MSc at the level of merit or distinction. Your qualification must confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). You need to be eligible for the GBC by the time you apply. You can check whether your qualification confers on the BPS site ( You application needs to include any academic publications and research experience, such as an MSc, PhD or other relevant research or service evaluation work. If you are are completing a PhD you must complete your studies before taking up a place on this programme. You need to have a minimum of 12 months full-time (or equivalent) recent experience in a field relevant to clinical psychology. International Students: To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing and 8.0 in reading). Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS 6.5 (6.0 every band))

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for Newcastle University.

Professional bodies

  • British Psychological Society

About this university

International students

Newcastle attracts students from over 120 countries worldwide and there is plenty of help and advice on hand to assist them in adapting to life in the UK. The university has a system where every student has a personal tutor to assist them in both academic and non-academic matters and there is also a Student Wellbeing Service for confidence advice and help. There is a Visa and Immigration Team on hand to deal with legal matters relating to these areas and a Student Advice Centre within the Student’s Union for information on matters such as housing and finances. Finally, towards the end of studying, there is a Careers Service to help students find work or further their education as required. The heart of student life outside the classroom in the university is the Newcastle University Students Union. Unlike many students unions, NUSU owns the building that it operates from, following an anonymous gift in 1924 that allowed them to build a neo-Jacobean style building. It is run by six sabbatical officers and employs some 300 people in roles such as bar staff and entertainment organisers. In the media, there is a student run newspaper, established in 1948, called The Courier as well as radio station. The university is one of the leading in the UK for its sports programs and there are more than 50 sports clubs to become involved with.

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