Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) - A new Route to Clinical Psychology Training Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD) - A new Route to Clinical Psychology Training

We are offering a unique route to Clinical Psychology training at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK that allows international students an opportunity to train as a clinical psychologist with clinical practice experience gained in the UK and as an option, to complete their final year of training internationally. This option is only available if UEA is able to source, quality assure and monitor the International Placements. This doctorate (ClinPsyD) entitles students to apply for registration as a chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and become accredited with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our 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. 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 research 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 the final year of the Programme by undertaking specialist clinical placements and completing their research internationally. The UEA ClinPsyD Programme staff will provide oversight of the governance of placements and research supervision during year three of the Programme. If a trainee elects to follow the international option for the final year of training, teaching in year three will be delivered via a variety of modalities, including videoconferencing), recorded video-seminars, and using online methods (the Blackboard virtual learning environment). Some practice elements of the academic curriculum may be delivered locally.

For international students an induction programme will be organized in order that students are introduced to working in the UK healthcare sector and are provided with an introduction to the culture of the NHS in England.

Overseas Applicants for Entry in 2017

Professor Ken Laidlaw and Dr Sian Coker will be traveling to Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia in the coming weeks to further develop our international partnerships and links. 

Along the way they will give three talks about applying to Train as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK - one in each country. The above flyers give details of the talks and how to sign up. We look forward to welcoming you.

We welcome applications from international candidates. We have considered a small number of self-funding overseas applicants for entry from 2014 onwards. Applicants must meet the same entry criteria as those applying for NHS funded places and must also have overseas fees status. To apply, please visit the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology. The closing date for applications is 1:00pm (Greenwich Mean Time) on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

The dates for interview will be confirmed at a later time.

Self-funding trainees will be required to support themselves financially (e.g. living expenses in the UK) throughout training. For further information about the course please contact Dr Sian Coker, Deputy Programme Director / International Tutor.

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.
  • Experience equivalent to at least one year of full-time work within a relevant clinical setting (including clinical research) at the point of making their application and preferably longer. This should be fully detailed on your application form.  
  • 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.

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.