Research is an integral part of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University.
"During my three years on the Lancaster DClinPsy course I have learnt a great deal from the research activities which form a considerable part of the training process. At times these activities have felt challenging, particularly in the first year, when I was still trying to work out what was expected of me. However, throughout the course I have found the research team to be extremely knowledgeable about both quantitative and qualitative approaches and there has always been lots of support from the course staff and from my peers. Through training I have been given the opportunity to pursue my own research interests. This has allowed me to develop a good knowledge base in an area which is applicable to my elective placement and preferred area of work once qualified. In addition, I have valued the opportunity to be the lead investigator at every stage of the research studies I have conducted, whilst still being supported by the research team. This has allowed me to gain skills such as developing research ideas, research design, gaining ethical approval, data collection and analysis, and preparing papers for publication. I feel that these are vital skills for a qualified clinical psychologist and skills which will enable me to continue carrying out research once I leave the course."