Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

About the programme

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme is a three-year full-time programme which leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Trainees work as trainee clinical psychologists (band 6) in the NHS with study time for on-campus teaching and individual research.

Admissions Update

The programme can confirm that candidates will be invited to take the online GMA test at a time convenient to them between the 18th February and 4th March 2015.

Those with the top 72 scores will be invited to a selection event at Lancaster University in May, 2015. Full details about our processes for applicants can be found on our admissions pages.

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Public Involvement

The Lancaster University Public Involvement Network (LUPIN) aims to increase public involvement in the Lancaster Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology.

LUPIN members include users of clinical psychology services, carers, programme staff and trainee clinical psychologists.

Online Handbook

The Lancaster Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology provides access to its programme handbook online, allowing easy access for current trainees, potential applicants and other stakeholders to find out how the programme operates.

If you've got a question about the programme, there is a very good chance the answer is in the online handbook.

Latest Newsletter

Find out about...

  • May Davidson Award success
  • Stakeholder Event
  • Free Excellent CPD!
  • Mindfulness on the BBC
...and plenty more including upcoming events and all staff and trainee recent publications!

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Typically, the cohorts include people with a variety of backgrounds, experiences (not always clinical!), ages etc. so don't worry about being too young, too old, too inexperienced in a certain area and so on... have faith in yourself! It can be personally challenging, as you are often reflecting on your own emotional reactions, mainly through your clinical work. On the other hand, the skills that you develop during these 3 years are just invaluable and totally worth it.

DClinPsy Trainee