This three-year programme leading to a Clinical Psychology doctorate (DClinPsych), has been established for over 30 years at the University of Southampton. It involves a mix of taught and research activities. Trainees join a thriving academic group which also offers postgraduate qualifications in Health Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Cognitive Therapy. On successful completion (the length of the programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience (AP(E)L), they are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to use the protected title 'Clinical Psychologist', and to apply to become a Chartered Psychologist (C Psychol), with the British Psychology Society (BPS).
Introducing your degree
Are you committed to being a ‘scientist-practitioner’ in order to deliver high quality services across a range of clinical settings and to further the field of clinical psychology? Our programme is firmly rooted in the core values of the NHS Constitution and has over 30 years' experience in clinical training in partnership with our local NHS Trusts and related organisations. Our graduates make a real difference to people's lives. The programme is full-time for three years and fulfils the standards of education and training required by the Health & Care Professions Council. It is also accredited by the British Psychology Society(BPS).
The overall aim of this doctorate in clinical psychology programme is to ensure that high quality clinical psychology services are made available to the public. The DClinPsych advocates the use of good case formulation and effective clinical methods with no adherence to a particular theoretical orientation. We value the concept of evidence-based practice; a large part of the teaching is cognitive-behavioural in orientation. We also value the use of evidence-generating practice. Trainees will recognise the value of the research and clinical literatures in determining the optimal treatment for the individual client, but will also acknowledge the use of psychological theory in generating new ideas when the research and clinical literatures are insufficient.
The DClinPsych Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme is funded by the NHS, and students on this programme are also salaried employees of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust.
Applications for this DClinPsych Clinical Psychology doctorate are made 'online' through The Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology, 15 Hyde Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9LT, www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp
Closing date: Early December
Given the philosophy of evidence-based and evidence-generating practice, this clinical psychology doctorate programme structure and content are designed with the aims of developing explicit theory-practice links. It is split between academic study, Clinical Experience, research and private study.
Further details, including support and welfare, and evaulation, are given in the DClinPsych programme eHandbook.
Some placements on the DClinPsych Clinical Psychology doctorate call for a large amount of travelling, and it is a great advantage if you possess your own means of transport. Placements are visited and monitored in line with accreditation guidelines. On average, placements are of three and a half days per week (outside of the teaching blocks).
The programme at Southampton equips you with the knowledge and skills to work with clients across the lifespan, ranging from children to older adults, in a variety of settings and contexts. Your research teaching will enable you to be a reflective-scientist practitioner, capable of adding to the development of Clinical Psychology knowledge and practice.
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Typical entry requirements
Average applications per place: 30
Applicants are selected on the basis of their potential to train successfully as Clinical Psychologists. There are a number of criteria which must be met in order for an applicant to be considered. These are:
• Applicants must also hold, or be expected to attain, a 1st class honours or a 2:1. An applicant with a 2:2 would be considered if they have successfully completed a relevant higher degree, for example an academically demanding MSc.
• Applicants must have at least one year’s (full time equivalent), experience of paid or voluntary work in clinical, community, or clinical/academic settings directly relevant to clinical psychology at the closing date for applying. Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet this criterion may be considered if they can demonstrate that they have equivalent experience; for example from completing a PhD in a clinically relevant area.
• We require evidence of competence in Statistics and Research methods as evidenced by a score/rating of 60% or equivalent on Undergraduate Transcripts, or the attainment of a postgraduate qualification in research/statistics, e.g. an MSc or diploma in research. Applicants who do not yet have an undergraduate transcript would need to provide formal evidence of statistical/research competence from their University. This could take the form of an academic referee commenting specifically upon these competences on the basis of exam results, or direct involvement in a research study.
• If English is not an applicant's first language, they must be able to evidence a good standard of written and spoken English (100 for internet-based TOEFL, 250 for computer-based TOEFL, 600 for paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 for IELTS with no element below 6.5).
• The application form must be well written and presented to a professional standard, as it is a key document in the application process.
• Applicants from overseas must ensure that their degree gives them GBC, and that they are entitled to work and reside in the UK without restriction. As noted above, they must also provide formal evidence of statistical/research competences.
• Being ‘Fit to Practise’ is a requirement of all professions registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is considered as part of the selection process (see also: www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/BasicChecks.html).
• Please note that following a direction from our NHS Commissioners, we are now only able to offer a place on the Programme to applicants in line with the principles used for awarding NHS bursaries. This legislation will mostly affect applicants from outside the EEA, but full details can be found at: NHS Bursaries, and there is an "eligibility calculator" at: Personal Eligibility Calculator.
• Please also note that as the Programme is NHS funded, we are obliged to only recruit individuals who will remain in the UK NHS workforce after training.
• We anticipate offering 13 places for the 2015 intake, and expect to shortlist 44 candidates.
The University of Southampton is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students. Individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within the University (a copy of the University of Southampton's Equal Opportunities Policy Statement can be found on the University website). However, we do not currently invite applicants for interview on the basis of the "Two Ticks" scheme, neither can the length of the programme be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience (AP(E)L).
Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview day at the University. The day comprises two interviews and a further selection task (new for 2015), this is a role play conducting a brief assessment of a client.
The curriculum is based on the standards of proficiency specified by the HCPC and the core competencies outlined by the BPS. The programme content is arranged in 24 modules which in total attract the 540 credit points required for Doctoral (D) level study in Higher Education. Each module has a separate credit rating which indicates the notional amount of study effort required through attendance at University teaching sessions, on related clinical placement activity or in independent study. The level of assessment is indicated by M (Master’s) or D (Doctoral), with D level implying that a higher level of original work, advanced scholarship, critical analysis and reflection will be expected. Doctoral trainees must demonstrate that they have acquired and understood the systematic knowledge base of the profession, and that they have developed relevant skills to carry out research which will generate relevant new knowledge.
The programme is organised over three full time years and trainees are expected to complete all elements. There is no alternate exit award. In terms of student effort the three years each include 180 credit points (1800 hours). The structure of the programme is as follows:
Each module is assessed by at least one summative assignment. The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including (but not limited to) written and oral case reports, practical demonstration of clinical skills, written research reports, peer review of a journal article, administration of a WAIS, and group and individual presentations of clinical material.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Learning & Assessment
Psychology, and the University of Southampton as a whole, have excellent research facilities. There are opportunities for MClinPsych Clinical Psychology doctorate students to conduct their research theses in conjunction with specialist academic staff, or in areas of special interest of other programme team members.
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Approved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Casts tab of the relevant module profile.
Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Same modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional readinq materials for the module.
IT - Computer Discs: Some assignments may include live recordings (audio or video) and students may have to purchase suitable means of submitting (e.g. Cds or data sticks). In the case of patient material, the student will be required to purchase encrypted data sticks.
IT - Software Licences: Specialist software is available on public workstations or via the VPN when off site, see
IT - Hardware: Public workstations are available, but iPads, laptops etc, can be purchased as the students wishes.
Printing and copying
In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects, dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
Including Study Abroad Programmes - Accommodation and Travel Costs: Trainees undertake placements in all three years of the programme. Please see the placement handbook for details of what casts are covered www.efolio.soton.ac.uk/blog/handbook-jw-dclin-psych-placements/
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: The employing NHS Trust organises and pays for DBS checks.
Accommodation and Travel: Should students wish to attend conferences, it is expected that they would pay for this themselves
Digital Recorder: You may be required to purchase a digital recorder or similar in order to record therapy sessions. In some cases these may be available for loan within the placement.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.
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