This Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is collaboratively funded through NHS Education for Scotland and the University of Glasgow. You will be employed by a local NHS (Scotland) Health Board for the duration of the programme.
Why this programmeClinical Psychology
- In common with most clinical psychology programmes, the cognitive behavioural approach to psychotherapy is dominant but there is also a substantial teaching input based upon other psychotherapeutic approaches.
- The programme covers a wide geographical area, including Ayrshire and Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire, and is varied in terms of rural, urban and inner city populations.
- Psychologists in departments throughout this area are closely involved in the programme, including placement provision, teaching, research supervision and coordination of teaching modules.
The programme follows a modularised structure, which integrates academic teaching, clinical practice education and research training. This process underpins the commitment of the programme team to maximising the synergy between the clinical, academic and research components of training and reflects explicitly our commitment to an integrative educational process.
The programme consists of 16 compulsory courses.
- Foundations of clinical psychology
- Foundations of clinical practice 1
- Foundation of clinical practice 2
- Foundation knowledge, understanding and skills
- Service-based evaluation project 1
- Child/family/adolescent theory and practice
- Learning disability theory and practice
- Research methods
- Research practice
- Advanced professional practice 1
- Service-based evaluation project 2
- Advanced practice 1
- Advanced practice 2
- Psychology and the law
- Research practice 2: major research project
- Advanced professional practice 2
Accreditation of Prior Learning
From 2017, trainees who have already completed the NES-funded MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at Edinburgh University or the MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling will be eligible to complete their doctorate in a shortened timeframe in accordance with the University of Glasgow Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) regulations and procedures. This will result in completion of training five months early in recognition of the skills and knowledge already acquired and demonstrated via completion of the eligible MSc courses.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
Clinical psychologists have a demanding role working with a wide range of clients, in a variety of health and social care settings, to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. This programme produces fit-for-purpose NHS practitioners.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
Trainees are funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES), which pays University fees, trainee salaries, and travel expenses related to teaching. Salaries will commence at Spine Point 21 on the Agenda for Change Band 6. Self-funded trainees will not be considered.
Fees are subject to change and for guidance only
You must have the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartering (GBC) and provide proof of this. This usually takes the form of a single or joint 2.1 or above Honours degree in Psychology; however, candidates who have gained GBC by other means will be considered.
From 2018, eligibility to be considered for a selection interview requires a minimum grade of 2.1 honours (or equivalent) in the degree that conveys GBC. This allows candidates who have a first degree below the 2.1 honours standard in a non-psychology subject to apply for training provided that they have gone on to demonstrate the necessary academic standard via a BPS-approved Psychology conversion course.
Additional practical clinical or research experience of working with children or adults with mental health problems or learning disabilities is an advantage.
We do not consider applications from final-year undergraduates.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 8.0
- no sub-test less than 7.5
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 110
- Reading no less than 27
- Listening no less than 27
- Speaking no less than 24
- Writing no less than 29
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 200 overall; no sub-test less than 191
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 200 overall; no sub-test less than 191
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 80; no sub-test less than 73
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: email@example.com
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
All applications are processed by the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology, Fairbairn House, 71-75 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9PL, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2737, fax: +44 (0)113 343 4840, email: email@example.com. All information on how to apply and the selection procedure can be found at: www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp.