Postgraduate study
This course covers three main components: University-based academic teaching, service based practice learning, and clinically relevant research.
DClinPsy (Taught) Clinical Psychology
3 years full-time
Entry requirements
1 or 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a degree in psychology conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS.
Other requirements
Candidates with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) may be considered if they have a postgraduate degree at masters level or higher.
Start date
UK/EU fees
Successful applicants for this programme are employed by the NHS as trainee clinical psychologists and course fees are covered by the funding body. - Terms apply
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Key facts

  • This training programme is run in collaboration with the University of Lincoln and in partnership with the clinical psychology services of three local NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire
  • It is approved by the  Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Successful completion of the programme confers eligibility for HCPC registration and for Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS
  • The programme leads to the award of a DClinPsy doctoral degree.

  • The purpose of the course is to train people to become skilled, clinical psychologists, eligible to be registered with the HCPC and chartered by the BPS, who are able to work effectively within the NHS and equivalent organisations

  • Graduates from the course will be confident in using research methods to answer clinical questions, have organisational and service evaluation skills and be aware of priority groups within the NHS.


Please note:

  • Applications can only be made through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.
  • All trainees must pass all components of the programme. There is no provision for the accreditation of prior learning (APL or APEL)
  • Due to NHS funding arrangements, the programme is not in a position to offer places to non-EU applicants without a work permit.
  • Any offer of a place on the programme is contingent on satisfactory health and criminal records checks.

Please check further requirements on the Clearing House website, in addition to programme-specific information for the Trent programme.



Entry requirements

A degree in psychology conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS. For additional requirements see the general information about entry requirements on the Clearing House website, along with programme-specific information about entry requirements for the Trent Programme on the Trent Course Centre page of the Clearing House website


Full course details

The Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology in the School of Medicine offers the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as a professional training course in clinical psychology.

Teaching within the division is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.

The DClinPsy programme is competency based and conforms to the Standards for Education and Training of the Health & Care Professions Council and the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society. It has three main components: University-based academic teaching, service based practice learning, and clinically relevant research.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over three years. 

University based teaching takes place over two semesters: the first (September to January) is based at the University of Lincoln (with some exceptions in the first year), the second (February to June) is based at the University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine.

Practice learning takes place throughout the year and is based at placements in services in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Research is conducted throughout the programme leading to the completion of a doctoral thesis at the end of the second year including a service related research project.



In order to complete the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, you will be required to study the following modules:

Taught modules

C84ICI - Individual Client Interventions

This module 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 CBT interventions with individual clients, based specifically on models of engagement and change of CBT and other psychological EBP models. 

C84PRS - Professional Skills

This module introduces students to the theoretical foundations and key skills that will be needed for their first clinical placement. There is a particular emphasis on establishing 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. 

C85ERA - Early Research Assessments

This module lays 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.
This module also provides students with an opportunity to further their research project by undertaking a systematic review of the literature in their chosen area of interest. The systematic literature review results 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.

C85LSD - Lifespan Development

In this module students are introduced to a developmental perspective that tracks an individual across the lifespan, taking account of the diversity of different developmental trajectories, and consolidates 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 complements the adult focus of PRS and ICI by emphasising common clinical problem presentations of infants, children, adolescents and older adults. 

C85ISO - Integration & Specialist Options

This module builds on the skills and knowledge, acquired through previous modules, about working with people as a clinical psychologist and prepares students for developing specialist interests in their third year of training. Students will 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. The range of options will depend on the availability of local expertise and may vary from year to year. Minimum and maximum numbers of students on each option will be specified to ensure economic viability. Students compare and contrast them with mainstream CBT in order to develop a synthesis which they can apply critically in an integrative or trans-theoretical framework to work with complex clients.

C85FGI - Families, Groups & Indirect Work

This module changes focus from the individual to the individual within a couple, family or other small group system and introduces students to the theoretical foundations of working with larger modules, such as families, couples and groups. Students 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 to develop the skills of assessing, formulating and intervening indirectly through third parties such as other family members, care staff, and multi-disciplinary teams.

C85SOS - Systems & Organisations 

This module builds on the skills and knowledge, acquired through previous modules, about individuals, groups and families and competencies in indirect intervention. Students develop a sophisticated framework to understand, and the skills needed to influence, systems and organisations. 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.

Placement modules

C84FPA - Foundation Placement A

This module (together with PRS) 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 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 develop competence in basic clinical psychology assessment and formulation strategies, mainly from a CBT perspective through practice, feedback and supervision. 

C85FPL - Foundation Placement B

This module (progressing from FPA and in conjunction with ICI) is designed to consolidate the transferable skill of forging close theory-practice links and adding the core competence of CBT intervention to those of assessment, formulation and communication, previously acquired. The module is closely linked to FPA and would normally occur in the same service with the same co-ordinating supervisors and typically with some of the same clients. The emphasis shifts from assessment and formulation to applying their results to individual client interventions.

C85SYP - Second Year Placements

The focus of this module is acquiring skills and applying clinical psychology expertise across the human life span and spectrum of diversity, thereby complementing the taught LSD module. During second year placements students normally work in two different service settings and 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 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. Students are encouraged to contemplate client groups, service settings and EBP approaches alternative to CBT that interest them, for which the taught ISO module provides the theoretical foundations. This module provides students with opportunities for working 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. 
Module comprises 2 different, separately assessed placements, which can occur in any order, in 2 separate service settings with 2 different client groups (eg children, learning difficulties, older adults), spending sufficient time to achieve competences for each client group.

C85TYP - Third Year Placements

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in a specialised theoretical approach or with a particular client group or in a novel setting. If the focus of the placement is on a specialised theoretical approach, students would be expected to become familiar with application of an EBP approach other than CBT or the application of an advanced or modified CBT approach.
This module also provides opportunity for completing any outstanding clinical practice related to Standards of Proficiency required for Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval and any placement competences and experiences required for British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Clinical Psychologist status, which have not been achieved previously. 
Note: This module contains two Practice Learning Placements, which count separately for calculating the maximum number of permitted resubmissions.

Research modules

C85RPV Research Portfolio and Viva

This module builds on the RDE and RLS modules. Students report on data collected as a result of research plans developed in year 1 (Research Proposal, RDE) and submit a portfolio containing: a portfolio abstract, a journal paper (formatted for a named peer-reviewed journal), an extended paper including an extended literature review (usually informed by, but not replicating, the completed RLS), extended methodology, analysis, results and discussion sections and reference list. In addition, they demonstrate their reflective practitioner stance with a reflective component and their readiness to disseminate their findings with a poster. Supportive materials (eg ethics approval, informed consent documentation, interview transcripts, questionnaires, etc) are included in appendices. Students submit a two-volume thesis. Volume 1 consists of the Research Portfolio and the Summary of Service-related Research and associated Impact. Volume 2 consists of three written case studies, previously submitted as assessments for FPB and SYP. Students defend their thesis at a viva-voce examination conducted by an internal and an external examiner, and make corrections and/or modifications as required by the examiners. Students use feedback to create a publication-ready Revised Journal Paper, which should provide the second publication resulting from their training experience. 

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

Further information

Doctoral Training Programme Handbook 

Research Handbook 

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

Successful applicants will have all their tuition fees paid by Health Education England.

All places on the programme are funded through Health Education England. Successful applicants are offered a time limited contract of employment at AFC Band 6 with one of three NHS Trusts: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust or Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. No other funding arrangements are acceptable and there are no self-funded places on the programme.

More funding information on the Clearing House website.

International students

Due to NHS funding arrangements, the programme is not in a position to offer places to non-EU applicants, and therefore funding is not available.


Careers and professional development

The purpose of the course is to train people to become skilled, clinical psychologists, eligible to be registered with the HPC and chartered by the BPS, who are able to work effectively within the NHS. Clinical Psychology is one of the healthcare professions where, traditionally, demand has exceeded supply, providing excellent employment prospects both within the NHS and other public sector agencies.

Employability and average starting salary 

Many of our graduates will have secured employment before they qualify. Every successful past trainee who wanted employment has found a job within weeks of qualifying; the great majority in the NHS, some with third sector or independent providers.

Qualified Clinical Psychologists are eligible for NHS employment at AfC Band 7 (currently £30,764 – 40,558); some graduates from our programme have commenced employment at AfC band 8a (starting salary £39,239).  


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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