Entry requirements for the programme Entry requirements for the programme

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

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.

Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work. Whilst no minimum length of experience is required, the quality of experience and the way in which applicants have applied this knowledge will be assessed as part of shortlisting. Short or limited experience is unlikely to give sufficient experience to be judged as representing high quality.

Relevant clinical experience can be gained before, during or after work for the psychology degree.  This may be from a clinical setting, as a psychology assistant, a health care assistant or a support worker, and would give experience of working with people with psychological needs.  Experience working alongside a clinical psychologist is particularly relevant.

We are particularly interested in appointing people with clinically relevant research experience, although this needs to be supplemented by some clinical experience. 

  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 6.5 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 2020 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.


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.

Selection Test

Part of the selection process is completion of a short test of basic numeracy and literacy skills (GCSE level).  The test is a part of the overall selection process and meeting the required pass mark is part of the final decision making process.  The Programme is required to include this test by the commissioners for the Programme. 

For 2019 entry, all applicants completed a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills on the day of the interview, as part of our entry process.  Both parts of the test had to be passed in order for an offer of a place on the programme to be made.  Please see our webpages for the most up-to-date information as we may make further changes to this process.


Each application is shortlisted independently by 2 people: a member of Programme staff and a clinical supervisor, 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.

You are able to view the shortlisting criteria used for the 2020 entry to the course.  Please note these are subject to revision prior to selection for entry in 2021.


Applicants attend a two-part interview and, as above in previous years, must complete and pass a separate test of numeracy and literacy skills.  Full details of how this will be administered for 2020 entry will be provided to those offered an interview. 

There are two interviews, a clinical and an academic/research interview.

There are three people on the research interview panel, comprising programme staff and clinical supervisors.  The clinical interview is conducted by programme staff, clinical supervisors and an Expert by Experience.  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.  Further details about the Programme and the interview process are sent to all those invited for interview.  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.

Place offers are made based on performance in all aspects of the section process including the numeracy and literacy tests. Applicants who fail to meet the required literacy and numeracy pass mark cannot be offered a place on the course.  

The Programme also considers any Fitness to Practice issues that arise during the shortlisting or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme.  

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.

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 2020.  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 2020.


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

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.

We had 22 funded places in 2019 and anticipate up to 22 funded places for 2020.  We normally interview up to 90 applicants. 

Candidates for 2020 entry are recommended to check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page.

For 2020 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.

How to Apply

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