Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Doctorate

    Course Description

    This is a 3-year full time course which upon successful completion leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). The course has been developed between Coventry University, the University of Warwick and NHS providers and was established in 1998. It has a long history of training effective clinical psychology practitioners who have become highly valued and respected members of the health and social care workforce.

    The course is situated within the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University, which is one of three schools within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The programme is also embedded within the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Science) at the University of Warwick. The D.Clin.Psych benefits from this academic arrangement as the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry has one of the strongest health and social science profiles in the country and the University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading research universities. This context aims to provide an inspiring environment for training clinical psychologists to work in the NHS and trainees additionally benefit from having access to the combined facilities of two universities.

    Why Coventry University?

    An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

    Course information

    This is a 3-year full-time course which, upon successful completion, leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). Study time is divided between academic and research training at both Coventry and Warwick universities, and mandatory clinical placements in the NHS which are sourced for you by the university. During the second and third years of the course, you will complete a research thesis of publishable quality. The programme focuses mainly on evidence-based practice and critical evaluation of both psychological literature and clinical practice. The course places great emphasis on personal and professional development, enabling trainees to become reflective practitioners.

    In each year of the course, you will spend between 41 and 43 weeks on placement. During each of those weeks, you will have either 3 or 4 placement days, equating to 125-130 placement days per year.

    While we would like to give you all the information about your placements, the placement arrangements may vary per student. Please contact the course director for more information about going on a placement for this course.

    See website for module information.

    Why choose this course?

    This is a 3-year full time course which upon successful completion leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). It aims to enable trainees to become reflective practitioners, placing great emphasis on personal and professional development. Fees and salaries are funded by NHS Executive West Midlands and you have access to combined facilities at both Coventry University and Warwick University.


    • Access to the combined facilities of both Coventry University and the University of Warwick
    • A firm emphasis on personal and professional development
    • If you secure a place on this course, all trainee fees and salaries are funded by the NHS Executive West Midlands
    • The content of this programme encourages a collaborative and cooperative group ethos
    • Encourages the creative use of psychological concepts and theories in order to solve problems in clinical settings
    • Clinicians will act as personal tutors for trainees/students and all trainees/students on this programme will have access to a free regional 'Therapy Network,' offering personal therapy for those experiencing distress.

    Study themes

    • Assessment, formulation and intervention in Clinical Psychology
    • Therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practice
    • Professional practice issues
    • Clinical leadership
    • Service evaluation and research
    • Reflective practice.

    How you'll be taught

    The academic programme is structured around the standard academic year of three terms (September to July). For each of these terms in the first year, you are normally scheduled two days a week in the university and three days on clinical placement. Outside of the academic sessions, students will spend three or four days a week on clinical placement with one or two days of each week allocated for private study.

    How you'll be assessed

    This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

    Teaching contact hours

    Contact hours vary dependent on the module. Please see modules for more information.

    The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group activities, and online classes and tutorials.

    Career prospects

    There is currently great demand for clinical psychologists both within the NHS and privately. The majority of our graduates go on to take up positions in clinical practice.

    Where our graduates work

    Previous graduates have gone on to work in the NHS, social care, charity and third sector organisations.

    Visit the Clinical Psychology Doctorate page on the Coventry University website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates, at the time of application, must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

    Candidates should normally have at least a 2:1 honours degree and be proficient in the use of English. If English is not the candidate's first language, and they haven't studied at degree level in English, then proficiency will need to be demonstrated to the level of IELTS 7 or equivalent.

    Course Fees

    Please contact Leeds Clearing House for more information

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