Clinical Psychology Doctorate 2022/23 entry

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3 years full-time



Coventry University (Coventry)


September 2022



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The content of this course for September 2022 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2021 entry and is for guidance only. Please revisit this course page for updated information.


This is a 3-year full time course which upon successful completion leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). The course has been developed between Coventry University, the University of Warwick and NHS providers and was established in 1998. It has a long history of training effective clinical psychology practitioners who have become highly valued and respected members of the health and social care workforce.

The course is situated within the School of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University, which is one of three schools within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. The programme is also embedded within the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Science) at the University of Warwick. The D.Clin.Psych benefits from this academic arrangement as the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry has one of the strongest health and social science profiles in the country and the University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading research universities. This context aims to provide an inspiring environment for training clinical psychologists to work in the NHS and trainees additionally benefit from having access to the combined facilities of two universities.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.


The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited/recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) , the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 (e.g. Clinical Psychologists) is on the HCPC Register.

British Psychological Society (BPS) - Accredited Clinical Psychology

British Psychological Society (BPS) - Accredited Clinical Psychology

The programme is also currently accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the University seeks to renew its accreditation each year. The Society is the professional body responsible for developing and supporting the discipline of psychology and disseminating psychological knowledge to the public and policy makers. Successful completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for Chartered Membership of the BPS and full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology, in addition to meeting the registration requirements of HCPC and qualification at Doctoral level.

Course information

This is a 3-year full-time course which, upon successful completion, leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). Study time is divided between academic and research training at both Coventry and Warwick universities, and mandatory clinical placements in the NHS which are sourced for you by the university. During the second and third years of the course, you will complete a research thesis of publishable quality. The programme focuses mainly on evidence-based practice and critical evaluation of both psychological literature and clinical practice. The course places great emphasis on personal and professional development, enabling trainees to become reflective practitioners.

In each year of the course, you will spend between 41 and 43 weeks on placement. During each of those weeks, you will have either 3 or 4 placement days, equating to 125-130 placement days per year.

While we would like to give you all the information about your placements, the placement arrangements may vary per student. Please contact the course director for more information about going on a placement for this course.

Course Specification
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The first year teaching programme commences with a three or four-week induction block at the start of the academic year and aims to prepare you for your first clinical placement. The induction block comprises a substantial part of the module covering professional practice issues, as well as an introduction to the other four academic modules: Model Specific Therapies 1; Clinical Presentations 1: Adult and Older Adult; Clinical Neuropsychology and Severe and Enduring Mental Health Difficulties; and Research Methods in Clinical Psychology 1. Teaching on all five modules continues throughout the academic year and covers developing therapeutic relationships, formulation skills and an introduction to the main psychological models, and the adult lifespan. You will also cover basic ethical issues, e.g. consent and confidentiality, as well as statutory legal issues, and issues of personal safety.

All of the following modules are mandatory for the first year students.



The second year of the programme commences with a two-week teaching block in the university with a further block later in the year. The purpose of the first block is to provide you with an overview of the second year of the programme, launch the second year modules and enable you, via workshops, to share with your fellow classmates and reflect upon your clinical experiences during the summer vacation. Preparation for the second year placements is also considered to ensure you are introduced to some of the complexities of working with children and families and those with a learning disability. Teaching on professional practice issues, model specific therapies, clinical presentations (child and learning disabilities), specialist areas in clinical psychology (clinical health and forensic psychology) and research methods continues throughout the year.



By the commencement of year 3 you will have completed all academic modules with the exception of the Research Thesis and Specialist Workshops Module. During the final year of the programme you are required to attend a minimum of 30 workshops (workshops are subject to availability and additional costs including travel costs may apply). The programme of third year workshops is arranged in collaboration with colleagues on the Birmingham course. Workshops are held at either the University of Birmingham or the University of Warwick. While some workshops are mandatory, you will have a choice over which remaining ones you attend. In addition, during the third year, you will submit a research thesis and complete two elective clinical placements.


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Access to the combined facilities of both Coventry University and the University of Warwick
  • A firm emphasis on personal and professional development
  • If you secure a place on this course, all trainee fees and salaries are funded by the NHS Executive West Midlands
  • The content of this programme encourages a collaborative and cooperative group ethos
  • Encourages the creative use of psychological concepts and theories in order to solve problems in clinical settings
  • Clinicians will act as personal tutors for trainees/students and all trainees/students on this programme will have access to a free regional 'Therapy Network,' offering personal therapy for those experiencing distress.
  • Assessment, formulation and intervention in Clinical Psychology
  • Therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practice
  • Professional practice issues
  • Clinical leadership
  • Service evaluation and research
  • Reflective practice.

The academic programme is structured around the standard academic year of three terms (September to July). For each of these terms in the first year, you are normally scheduled two days a week in the university and three days on clinical placement. Outside of the academic sessions, students will spend three or four days a week on clinical placement with one or two days of each week allocated for private study.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, students will be awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Contact hours vary dependent on the module. Please see modules for more information.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group activities, and online classes and tutorials.

Entry Requirements

All candidates, at the time of application, must be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Candidates should normally have at least a 2:1 honours degree and be proficient in the use of English. If English is not the candidate's first language, and they haven't studied at degree level in English, then proficiency will need to be demonstrated to the level of IELTS 7 or equivalent. Additionally, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have relevant clinical experience, an understanding of the NHS and a commitment to working in it. The programme is not able to offer any accreditation of prior experience or learning (APEL) routes. Candidates are normally required to hold a current driving licence and have their own transport. In line with other courses nationally, successful applicants will not be expected to be enrolled for other postgraduate studies when commencing clinical training.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Current trainees/students are full-time employees of the NHS and have annual leave and other benefits in line with the usual NHS entitlements. Salaries match the Clinical Psychologist Trainee Job Profile, which is Band 6, point 21, on the Agenda for Change pay scales. Fees for current trainees are funded by Health Education England.

Trainees are currently employed by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust for the duration of their training. It is expected that the trainees will conduct some of their core placements within Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, but not all, so for placements outside of this Trust, honorary contracts will be issued as necessary.

Candidates for 2021 entry should check  Clearing House Funding for funding updates.



September 2022

Please contact Leeds Clearing House for more information (per year)

Course essentials - additional costs

This course may incur additional costs associated with placements or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation or other associated activities.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

There is currently great demand for clinical psychologists both within the NHS and privately. The majority of our graduates go on to take up positions in clinical practice.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to work in the NHS, social care, charity and third sector organisations.




The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

2UK and international opportunities

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

3Tuition fees

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Student Contract

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.