Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Doctorate


    About This Professional 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. The course 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 clinical placements in the NHS. During the second and third years of the course, students 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.

    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: NHS, social care, charity and third sector organisations.


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

    Entry Requirements

    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. Additionally, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have relevant clinical experience, an understanding of the NHS and a commitment to working in it.


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