Virtual Information Evening

We are holding a virtual information evening on 16th of September 2021, to give everyone the opportunity to find out more about the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme. This is a ticketed event, so if you would like to come along you can find more details and register for the event via our Eventbrite page.

Programme Information

INFORMATION FOR funded APPLICANTS

Pre-Requisites for Applying

 
All applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).  Evidence of this should be submitted at the time of application and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure this. If you are unsure as to whether your undergraduate programme was accredited by the BPS, and therefore grants GBC, you can check by visiting the BPS webpages. Some individuals who do not have GBC may be able to apply for this via the special case criteria with the BPS, while others may have to complete a further postgraduate conversion course; again, further information about conversion courses can be found on the BPS webpages

Essential Criteria

 

Essential Criteria

Full details of our minimum essential criteria are detailed on our Clearing House entry:

  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the BPS.

Applicants who are currently completing a GBC-accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course in the UK or Ireland must have completed the degree, obtained the results and provided a document to confirm their GBC status by the time short-listing commences at the beginning of February.

  • At least a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology

Applications will also be considered from applicants with a 2:2 Honours degree who have successfully completed a postgraduate course - either at Masters, DPhil or PhD level. The course must be classified as a research degree (and the research component would normally be at least 50% of the course) i.e. not a taught Masters.

Applicants must provide transcript evidence at the point of applying to demonstrate that their degree/s meet this requirement (please see supplementary information section). We have provided a flowchart to help you assess whether you meet this minimum entry requirement.

All previous courses that contribute towards minimum requirements must be fully complete at the point of application. Please see later comments in regards to timing of submission and Viva examinations for candidates who are offered an interview or a place.

Additional desirable criteria include a first class degree or PhD.  Masters programmes with a clinical component which provides practical experience within a relevant clinical setting, supervised by a suitably qualified professional, will be considered to provide relevant clinical experience.

  • Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards.

We understand that the range of opportunities to gain direct experience varies and as such we will consider a wide range of experience as relevant to your application. Whilst many applicants will gain experience through “traditional” routes such as Assistant or Research psychology posts, other pathways are equally valued. These may for example include work as a healthcare assistant or support worker.  It is not necessary to have worked in a large number of settings with a wide range of clients.  Rather, we are interested in what you have made of your experience in order to prepare for clinical training.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 7 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent, at the time of application.

If this is not possible then these criteria must be met prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.

Applicants who are not from a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved majority English speaking country and who have not completed their undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications in these, need to provide evidence of English language proficiency, even if they state English is their first language.  Applicants from non-approved countries who have completed their qualifications in an UKVI approved country need to have completed them in the last three years but do not need to provide evidence of English Language speaking ability.

  • All applicants must demonstrate that they have a right to work in the UK or that they meet the requirements of the UKVI for working in the UK. 

Applicants should check that they meet the criteria before making an application to the Programme. For visa applications, UK Visas and Immigration now only accept IELTS for English Language tests taken at acceptable test centres outside the UK (please contact the University PGR admissions for more information).

Supplementary Information Requirements

Applicants are required by the Programme to provide supplementary documents to support their applications if necessary (in addition to those documents sent to the Clearing House), for example:

  • Degree transcripts for any degrees completed over and above the degree giving GBC, e.g. Master’s degree or PhD
  • Undergraduate degree transcript if GBC comes from PG diploma or Masters conversion course to evidence degree award
  • Any degree completed prior to or following a conversion course

This is to verify minimum entry requirements are met, any degree classifications and to ensure the degree has been completed.  An official translation into English must also be supplied if appropriate.

These documents should be submitted directly to the Programme.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all appropriate supporting evidence is always supplied. Applications without sufficient information will not be considered.

Applicants have until 28 January 2022 to provide copies of original documentation.

Conversion Courses – Home and Overseas Applicants

Applicants who have taken conversion courses that confer GBC are viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original degree confers GBC, though they still need to meet minimum entry criteria in terms of original degree classification.  We have provided a flowchart to help you assess whether you meet this minimum entry requirement.

The Programme does not require a specific classification or mark for PG diploma or Masters conversion courses over and above a pass, though the minimum undergraduate entry criteria of 2.1 (or 2.2 with supporting research Masters) must still be met. 

Applicants in this position are required to provide a transcript of both their original degree with an official translation into English if appropriate, as well as documentation evidencing the outcome of the conversion course. 

Please send the transcript for your original degree if this does not confer GBC, and translation if appropriate, directly to the programme at the above address.  Applications without sufficient information will not be considered as there will be no means to verify the minimum requirements stipulated.  You will also need to include the transcript for the degree that confers GBC in your application to the Clearing House. 

Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

There is no provision in the UEA degree regulations for Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.  The Programme is full-time for 3 years and attendance at all programme components is mandatory over that time, including the induction period.  The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees are required to complete the full programme of training in order to qualify.

References

Applicants must provide recent references from referees in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant’s experience.

Your Academic Referee may be from your undergraduate degree or conversion course, whichever gave you GBC.  Your relevant experience reference should be as current as possible.

Further Considerations

Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles taken up by the clinical psychologist in the health service and of their personal suitability for this career. Our recruitment process is consistent with the values of the NHS Constitution and The 6Cs and as such we recruit applicants whose values and attitudes reflect these. Where an applicant is making a career change, including from other branches of psychology, or from other walks of life, it may strengthen their application if they provide information about the background and rationale for this.

Because of the amount of travel likely to be entailed during the course in this largely rural area, being able to drive and having access to a car are normally essential. Special arrangements apply for trainees with disabilities.

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or entry requirements, please contact the PGR Admissions Assistant.

Information about the Job Description and Person Specification may be found in the Invited to Interview Section.

Equal Opportunities

The University has an equal opportunities policy and is concerned to implement fair selection procedures.  However, the University does not currently operate a guaranteed interview scheme for student applications (the “Double Tick” scheme).  Enquiries about any aspect of entry, including support available for people with disabilities, should be addressed to the Admissions Enquiries administrator at the telephone or email address above. Appropriate accommodations are made at interview for those with a declared disability.  Please inform us at the earliest opportunity if this is the case.

Selection Procedure –Shortlisting and Interview Process

 

Our selection process is under a continuous process of evaluation and review in light of feedback from applicants and the views of those involved in selection.  
Please refer to our Clearing House entry for specific details.

Shortlisting

For the purposes of shortlisting, applications are reviewed comprehensively by a panel of Programme staff from the University and Clinical supervisors from the NHS. Shortlisting is completed against published shortlisting criteria.  Applicants are ranked in order of total scores and interviews offered based on ranking.

Applicants who are not offered an interview are provided with information about the shortlisting criteria and a list of common reasons for an applicant not being offered an interview.  These can be used to evaluate their own application. Unfortunately, due to the numbers of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individual feedback following shortlisting.

Please note that our selection criteria are currently undergoing significant review and will be subject to revision prior to selection for entry in 2022.

Selection Test

We no longer require candidates to complete a selection test as part of the shortlisting process.

Interviews

As of this year, applicants will attend one interview (covering both academic/research and clinical areas). 

Further details in relation to the interview process will be published on this website in due course. 

The interview panel will include a member of the Programme team, a Clinical supervisor and a Service User Representative.  Interviews are conducted using a standard set of questions and scenarios to aid consistency and applicants are scored against a person specification.

The person specification includes:

  • Demonstrating a good understanding of research design principles
  • The ability to develop a research proposal
  • The ability to demonstrate basic clinical skills
  • The ability to link theory and practice
  • The capacity to reflect on one’s own experience and to learn from it.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding gained in their undergraduate psychology degree, and have a good working knowledge of clinical psychology in the NHS.  Existing trainees attend the interviews to meet candidates and to provide additional information and answer any questions.

As well as the criteria outlined above for both shortlisting and the interviews, applicants should note that consideration is also given to any Fitness to Practice issues that arise during the shortlisting or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme.  Please see the Clearing House information regarding this for more detail.

We will update this page with more information regarding the interview process closer to the time of the interviews. We recommend you review our webpages regularly to remain up-to-date.

Recommended reading

We ask all those invited to interview to familiarise themselves with the documents below which provide further details about the course.
 

Allocation of bases within the region

We cover a large geographical area, and each successful applicant will be allocated a base.  Applicants who are offered an interview are asked to indicate which locations would be difficult and give reasons e.g. child care etc., but we cannot guarantee that successful applicants will receive their preferred base. The preferences expressed do not affect any aspect of the selection process.

Due to the increase in numbers and in order to balance the need to ensure adequate placement provision with allowing trainees to make long term plans for their residence over training; we are offering bases which are linked to broader regional areas not specific towns. These areas are as follows:
 

  • Norfolk & Waveney: Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn 

  • North Cambridgeshire: Huntingdon, Peterborough and Fenland

  • South Cambridgeshire: Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket 

  • Suffolk: Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich

 
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list of all possible placement locations within a base area. 

Further information about bases and a map of the region can be found within the Bases document. Please review this document carefully when making your indication of preference.

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Course in Clinical Psychology.  Further details and how to apply can be found at the Clearing House.

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Offers and Outstanding Qualifications

 

As part of the interview paperwork applicants will have an opportunity to express their preference for placement base location.  Wherever possible account will be taken of preferences and any personal circumstances in the allocation; but UEA cannot guarantee that candidates will be offered their preferred choice. Please refer to ‘Allocation of bases within the region’ in the ‘Interviews’ section for more information.  

It is strongly recommended that the trainee lives within the base allocated, as clinical placements are likely to involve considerable amounts of travel and trainees are expected to follow the normal working pattern followed at the placement.  Living in the base location enables contact with and support from other trainees. Trainees are ordinarily expected to be able to drive and have access to a car.

Please note that the University will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if you are currently enrolled on any other degree e.g. a PhD or Masters’ programme; this includes any outstanding requirements such as a viva examination or any associated corrections.  If you have any incomplete assessment / reassessment or other criteria from another programme, it may not be possible for us to offer you a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or you may be required to provide proof that you have withdrawn from your incomplete programme.

Offer of an interview to those completing a PhD will be conditional upon submission of the PhD for viva by the time of interview in March.  Any offers made to applicants currently studying for a PhD will ordinarily be conditional upon the applicant passing their viva with at most limited modifications (maximum of three months), before the acceptance deadline in early June.  Applicants should take account of this early in their planning given delays in organising Vivas.

Offers made to applicants who have not provided academic transcripts and certificates will be conditional upon the provision of suitable evidence of completion.  Applicants who are required to submit corrections following their Viva must have submitted all corrections no later than 1 September 2022.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any conditions attached to their offer are met as specified in the offer letter.  It will not normally be possible for UEA to offer extensions to deadlines.  We regret that offers for places on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology cannot be deferred beyond 1 October 2022.

Successful applicants will be notified by letter shortly after the interviews.  Unsuccessful applicants from the interviews will also be notified at this time. 

Admission to the ClinPsyD Programme is subject to satisfactory criminal record (enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service) and occupational health checks. 

Candidates selected by the University will be offered employment by an appropriate NHS employer to facilitate their training.

Financial Support

 

Please check the Clearing house website for up to date information on funding.

Current  NHS trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements.  On entry to the Programme current NHS trainees commenced on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.  Please see the NHS Careers website for information on current salaries and conditions of service. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with NHS terms and conditions of service.  Please review the current job description and person specification for more information.

Following the national and regional developments to support the psychological workforce, the 2021 intake increased to 49 funded places. We anticipate this increase in commissioned places to remain in 2022. However, we will not be informed of the exact number of commissioned places for the 2022 intake until just prior to the interviews.

Candidates for 2022 entry are recommended to check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page.
For 2022 we will consider a small number of self-funded international applicants who can secure financial support from external sources throughout the duration of training on the Programme. Please see the Entry Requirements section above for further details.

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Model of Training

 

In the first two years international students will join the trainee cohort to complete the ClinPsyD programme of supervised clinical placements, teaching and research in and around Norwich and Cambridge. In the first two years the clinical placements are designed to equip trainees to develop core competences in clinical practice. During years one and two trainees gain experience of working across the life-span, of working in residential and community settings, and with people who have severe and/or enduring problems. The ClinPsyD adheres to a model of teaching-placement synchronization and the teaching programme is organised around the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and the British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation criteria. In terms of research, students are required to engage in service-based projects and to produce a research portfolio (up to 40,000 words) comprising a systematic review and empirical paper that make a significant contribution to knowledge.

Upon successful completion of years one and two, international students have the option of continuing their training at UEA and clinical practice placements in the NHS in East Anglia, or to complete some or all of the senior year specialist clinical placements in their home country. This option is only available where UEA are able to source, quality assure and monitor placements. The UEA Clin PsyD Programme staff will provide oversight of the governance of placements and supervision during year three of the Programme.

International students are introduced to working in the UK healthcare sector and are provided with an introduction to the culture of the NHS in England.

Entry Requirements

 

All applicants to the UEA ClinPsyD Programme must meet our Essential Criteria.

As a minimum, applicants must meet the following Essential Criteria to progress to shortlisting:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the BPS.  We require confirmation of your GBC status or evidence that you have submitted your application for GBC from the British Psychological Society.  This should be included in your application.
  • At least an Upper Second Class (2.i) Honours degree or equivalent in psychology. We require a copy of your undergraduate degree academic transcript. If this is not in English we also require a certified English translation to accompany the copy of the transcript. This should be included in your application.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 7.0 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking), or equivalent, at the time of application.  Ideally this evidence should be available by the time the interview is to take place. Please note an unconditional offer and the Certificate for Acceptance of Study (CAS) can only be issued once all conditions contained within your offer have been met.
  • We understand that the range of opportunities to gain direct experience varies and as such we will consider a wide range of experience as relevant to your application. Whilst many applicants will gain experience through “traditional” routes such as Assistant or Research psychology posts, other pathways are equally valued. These may for example include work as a healthcare assistant or support worker.  It is not necessary to have worked in a large number of settings with a wide range of clients.  Rather, we are interested in what you have made of your experience in order to prepare for clinical training.

If you are offered a place on the programme you will need to indicate your intention to accept this offer as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sufficient time to successfully apply for and obtain a Tier 4 UK visa, if needed, in order to start your course and attend any course inductions.

The offer of a place on the UEA ClinPsyD Training Programme is subject to the applicant gaining a successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. Failure to do so will lead to UEA withdrawing their sponsorship and you will be required to return to your native country. We will provide further information on DBS and occupational health clearance at the time an offer is made.

International Student Brochure

 

We are delighted that you are considering applying to the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Please read the International Student Brochure for more information about the UEA and the programme.

Selection Procedure: Shortlisting and Interview Process

 

Our selection process is under a continuous process of evaluation and review in light of feedback from applicants and the views of those involved in selection.  
Please refer to our Clearing House entry for specific details.

Invited to Interview

 

Summary Statement

The interviews for international students will either take place at the UEA campus or remotely usually via Microsoft Teams. We will notify you of the options for interview and further arrangements for each option via email. 

As of this year, applicants will attend one interview (covering both academic/research and clinical areas). Further details in relation to the interview process will be published on this website in due course. 

Recommended reading

We ask all those invited to interview to familiarise themselves with the documents below which provide further details about the course.

Programme Handbook [PDF]

Programme Staff [PDF]

Staff Research Interests [PDF]

Research [PDF]

Trainee Research Conference Booklet [PDF]

Clinical Experience [PDF]

BPS Formulation Guidance [PDF] - external link

Information about Clinical Psychology Services in our Region [PDF]

Job Description [PDF]

Person Specification [PDF]

NHS Constitution [PDF]

The 6Cs [PDF]

Allocation of bases within the region

We cover a large geographical area, and each successful applicant will be allocated a base.  Applicants who are offered an interview are asked to indicate which locations would be difficult and give reasons e.g. child care etc., but we cannot guarantee that successful applicants will receive their preferred base. The preferences expressed do not affect any aspect of the selection process.

Due to the increase in numbers and in order to balance the need to ensure adequate placement provision with allowing trainees to make long term plans for their residence over training; we are offering bases which are linked to broader regional areas not specific towns. These areas are as follows:
 

  • Norfolk & Waveney: Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn 

  • North Cambridgeshire: Huntingdon, Peterborough and Fenland

  • South Cambridgeshire: Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket 

  • Suffolk: Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich

 
Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list of all possible placement locations within a base area. 

Further information about bases and a map of the region can be found within the Bases document. Please review this document carefully when making your indication of preference.

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Course in Clinical Psychology.  Further details and how to apply can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp.

 

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Anonymous Feedback from Trainees

 

“I really value the teaching at UEA and then being able to apply that on placement. This is really helpful for linking theory to practice. “ 

“My advisor has been an incredible source of support for both personal and academic issues. Without her guidance I would have found it a much more difficult. I think it is an excellent way to support trainees and the consistency of having the same person throughout training allows for a relationship to develop and for them to understand the way you work.”

"I found UEA to be a great place to complete my clinical psychology doctorate and felt it prepared me very well for life as a qualified clinical psychologist. I really valued the range of placements available and the opportunity to complete specialist teaching in my third year". 

"Research is really valued at UEA which, in the current climate (when psychologists need to use all the skills they have developed) provides you with the confidence to do doctoral research as well as enthusing you to continue doing research post training. I have also found that the staff were very encouraging in supporting me to disseminate my research (including providing me with support to attend national and international conferences and to publish my work)".

“In all my placements I have had excellent supervisors who have been very supportive and I have always felt to be a valued member of the team, which has really helped to enrich the learning experience.”

'All of my placements (4 so far) have been of a very high standard, all Supervisors have been very experienced in trainee learning needs and supportive and informed in terms of UEA requirements.  I have felt a valued and integrated member of each team I've worked in.'

"It was very helpful to have experts and local clinicians teach on the course. This enabled me to really see how theory links to practice as well as to understand local services''.

"I have found the placements at UEA to be a real strength of the course. In each placement I have been inspired by the clients I have worked with, and been lucky enough to have been supervised by clinicians who are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive."

Anonymous Feedback from Supervisors about Trainees

 

"UEA trainees bring energy and enthusiasm to our service. They inspire us to think differently as well as (hopefully) us inspiring them!"

"Trainees are motivated and enthusiastic!"

"Always an asset when they are on placement"

"Bright and thoughtful"

"UEA trainees are well practised in critically presenting cases and this is useful when working in a multi disciplinary teams. There able to present cases really well and deal with constructive comments"

"It’s very rewarding to see a trainee’s  development over a placement – especially seeing them build in confidence after they take on new challenges"

“I like having trainees - it is a two way street of learning: they read stuff, digest it, make sense of it, and then teach me”

“Trainees carry out valuable pieces of work and add positively to team dynamics.”

“UEA trainees are well practised in critically presenting cases and this is useful when working in a multi-disciplinary teams.”

“They bring enthusiasm and energise our teams. They ask questions which make us think and keep us thinking about why we do things the way we do – keeps us self-aware and reflective of practice”

"I particularly enjoy having someone who asks questions that make you reflect on why you practice in a particular way.  Having a fresh set of eyes on a case or on systems in departments is really helpful as we often get trapped just doing things because “they’ve always been done like that”

“I have employed many ex UEA trainees. I feel that as clinicians they are able to take a broad based and eclectic approach to therapy, calling on a range of psychological models and rarely being wedded to one”

“I find having trainees helps to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in practice and theory – supervisors learn as much from them as the other way round!”

“UEA trainees add a fresh perspective to clinical work and to the team.”

“Other professionals often say it’s great to have UEA trainees around.”

“It’s very rewarding to see a trainee’s development over a placement – especially seeing them build in confidence after they take on new challenges.”

“I enjoy having UEA trainees as I feel there is great communication between supervisors and the course.  The course staff make an effort to get to know supervisors and to keep in touch.  This means as a supervisor I feel I can support my trainee better as I know who to speak to if I need to get more information.”

“UEA trainees perform to a consistently high standard.”

“They are highly reflective and hard working.”

“UEA trainees have been an asset to our service.”