Pre-requisites for applying 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

As a minimum, applicants must meet the following Essential Criteria to progress to shortlisting, together with the additional criteria outlined subsequently:

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

  • At least an Upper Second Class (2.i) Honours degree in psychology; We will also consider applicants with a Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours degree who have completed a Masters by Research.  That is, it must be classified as a research degree and does not contain any taught componentWe will also consider applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree who have completed a DPhil or PhD. 

  • Experience equivalent to at least one year of full-time work within a relevant clinical setting (including clinical research) by the end of January 2017 and preferably longer;

  • 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.If this is not possible then these criteria must be met prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme; Applicants should note that TOEFL results are NOT accepted as evidence. 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.

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the UKVI for working in the UKApplicants 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 (see or the University PGR admissions for more information)

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).  This refers to degree transcripts for any degrees completed over and above the degree giving GBC, with an official translation into English if appropriate, e.g. Master’s degree or PhDs.  This is verify the degree classification.  This also applies to those who have completed additional degrees prior to or following a conversion course.  These documents should be submitted directly to the Programme.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure appropriate supporting evidence is supplied and applicants should note that the absence of any relevant documentation will result in applications not being considered.

Applicants have until the end of January 2017 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. 

Applicants in this position are required to provide a transcript of 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 course at the above address. The absence of a transcript will result in an application not being 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. 

Applicants who are in the process of obtaining GBC are advised to do this at the earliest opportunity and must have attained this prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.

There is no provision in the UEA degree regulations for Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning.  The Programme is full-time for three 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.

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.

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. The Programme reflects the core NHS values in their selection processes and as such recruits those 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. Our recruitment process is consistent with the values of the NHS Constitution and The 6Cs.

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

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

Relevant experience can be gained before, during or after work for the psychology degree.  It will often be in a clinical setting, for example as a psychology assistant, nursing assistant or other care assistant.  We are also particularly interested in appointing people with clinically relevant research experience, although this needs to be supplemented by some clinical experience.  We require that all applicants have experience equivalent to at least one year of full-time work within a relevant clinical setting (including clinical research) by the end of January 2017.  This experience can be split across posts and include voluntary work, though at least one significant period of work in the same position is required, and very short term periods of work experience will not be counted.  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.

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 on this website.  Further information about our Selection Procedure, Financial Support and How to Apply can be found by clicking the relevant links.