Clinical Psychology Doctorate

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: HLST151

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

This 3-year full time course can lead to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych).

  • It aims to enable trainees to become reflective practitioners, placing great emphasis on personal and professional development.
  • The content of this programme encourages the creative use of psychological concepts and theories in order to solve problems in clinical settings, as well as a collaborative and cooperative group ethos.
  • The programme aims to provide students with the academic and research skills commensurate with doctoral status
  • On successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychology) (Please see the Accreditation section for further information).
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Why you should study this course

  • This is a 3-year full time course which upon successful completion leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.). Upon successful completion, you should be eligible for registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist and have fulfilled the criteria and met the aims of the CTCP accreditation criteria for eligibility for Chartered status.
  • 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 and also embedded within the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Science) at the University of Warwick. This context provides a unique academic and practical environment for training clinical psychologists to work in the NHS and trainees additionally benefit from having access to the combined facilities of two universities.
  • 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.
  • Current trainees are full-time employees of the NHS and have annual leave and other benefits in line with the usual NHS entitlements. Fees for current trainees are funded by Health Education England.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited1/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.



What you'll study

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.

Modules

    • Credits/CATs points: 10
    • Student effort hours: 100
    • Contact hours: 40

    This module aims to provide a general foundation in personal and professional issues relevant to clinical psychology practice. Within this module trainees are provided with opportunity to develop foundational therapeutic skills relevant to clinical practice. In addition, the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of core professional practice issues.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 60

    This module aims to provide you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and understanding required to conceptualise psychological problems from several theoretical perspectives. You will also learn how to apply clinical formulation skills from a number of theoretical frameworks, although the predominant focus will be Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 80

    This module aims to provide you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and understanding required to develop as a Clinical Psychologist working with adults of any age.
    You should acquire an understanding of lifespan issues and the ageing process and will learn to consider the impact of life-stage and other contextual factors within the assessment and formulation process. You should acquire an understanding of specific conditions experienced in adulthood and should develop skills and knowledge relating to the assessment, formulation, and intervention with clients presenting with such conditions.

    You should acquire knowledge of how to assess and identify organic and co-morbid functional mental health conditions, depression, and anxiety-related conditions with this client group. Specific skills relating to the management of self-harm and suicide will also be taught; and specific skills relating to the assessment and management of eating disorders, personality disorders and in the area of substance abuse, should also be acquired.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 10
    • Student effort hours: 100
    • Contact hours: 50

    This module aims to enable you to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of psychological theory and practice related to the specialist areas of clinical neuropsychology and severe and enduring mental health presentations. This will include teaching on a range of specialist clinical area topics relating to psychological, psychosocial and neuropsychological factors underlying presenting issues, together with assessment, formulation and intervention skills.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 40

    This module provides you with the opportunity to examine the role of different research techniques in clinical psychology and to plan their research project. Teaching will be through a mix of traditional lectures and practical workshops, all facilitating your participation. You also attend a number of skills sessions to ensure a basic grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methodology. You are offered a number of research support sessions to focus on their individual research skills development. At the end of the module, you should be able to explain the role of research in clinical psychology, be familiar with the main methodologies used in clinical psychology and have completed the proposal for their doctorate research project.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 50
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This core experience placement is undertaken during the first half of stage 1 of the programme. This module will provide trainees with core experiences in working with adults of working age and those in later life presenting with a range of psychological difficulties. Through this experience trainees should be able to demonstrate a range of basic clinical skills and knowledge regarding the assessment, formulation and intervention of these clients to facilitate their clinical reasoning. Trainees will have the opportunity to work with clients presenting with psychological problems that are acute, chronic, severe, and long-term, and should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the presentation of psychological problems in relation to lifespan issues. Trainees should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to this client group.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 50
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This core experience placement is undertaken during the first half or second half of the second year of the programme. This module will provide you with core experiences in working with adults of working age and those in later life presenting with a range of psychological difficulties. Through this experience you should be able to demonstrate a range of basic clinical skills and knowledge regarding the assessment, formulation and intervention of these clients to facilitate their clinical reasoning. You will have the opportunity to work with clients presenting with a range of psychological difficulties and should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the presentation of psychological problems in relation to lifespan issues. You should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to this client group.

    Compulsory

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.

Modules

    • Credits/CATs points: 10
    • Student effort hours: 100
    • Contact hours: 50

    This module aims to build upon the foundation in personal and professional issues from Stage 1 addressing issues relevant to clinical psychology practice. Within this the module you are provided with teaching on leadership, including service evaluation, influencing service development and service improvement and understanding models and processes of organisational change. In addition, you are provided with teaching on consultation, reflective practice, diversity and working with teams.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 60

    This module aims to provide you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding required to conceptualise psychological problems from several theoretical perspectives. You will also continue to learn how to apply clinical formulation skills from a number of theoretical frameworks, including cognitive behavioural and third wave approaches, systemic, and dynamic/cognitive analytic therapy. This module will build upon the Stage 1 module of Model Specific Therapies 1.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 80

    This module aims to build upon learning from Stage 1 Module Clinical Presentations Across the Lifespan 1. You will be provided with the relevant skills, knowledge, and understanding required to develop as a Clinical Psychologist working with children and people with learning disabilities.

    You should acquire an understanding of developmental difficulties and will learn to consider the impact of these and wider systemic factors within the assessment and formulation process. You should acquire an understanding of specific conditions experienced in childhood and in learning disability and should develop skills and knowledge relating to the assessment, formulation, and intervention with clients presenting with such conditions and their families and other relevant support systems.

    You should acquire knowledge of how to assess and identify organic and co-morbid functional mental health conditions, depression, and anxiety-related conditions with these client groups.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 10
    • Student effort hours: 100
    • Contact hours: 50

    This module aims to enable you to critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of psychological theory and practice related to the specialist areas of forensic and clinical health psychology. This will include teaching on a range of specialist clinical area topics relating to psychological and psychosocial factors underlying presenting issues seen within forensic psychology settings and clinical health psychology services, together with relevant assessment, formulation and intervention skills.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 20
    • Student effort hours: 200
    • Contact hours: 40

    This module provides you with the opportunity to examine advanced research methods and data analysis techniques. Teaching will be through a mix of traditional lectures, presentations and practical workshops, all facilitating your participation. These will include more advanced research training in qualitative and quantitative methods. This module will build upon Research Methods in Clinical Psychology 1.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 50
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This core experience placement is undertaken during the first half or second half of the second year of the programme. The clinical application of skills and knowledge demonstrated by the trainee in this module should show a progression from those demonstrated in the first-year modules Clinical Placements 1 and 2.

    This module will provide you with core experiences in working with children and young people with complex psychological difficulties and / or developmental problems. Through this experience, you should be able to demonstrate an appropriate range of clinical skills and knowledge regarding the assessment, formulation, and intervention of these clients. To enhance their clinical reasoning, you will have the opportunity to work with clients presenting with problems of childhood or developmental complexities, and with their direct carers and family members. You should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to this client group.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 50
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This core experience placement is undertaken during the first half or second half of the second year of the programme. The clinical application of skills and knowledge demonstrated in this module should show a progression from those demonstrated in the first-year modules Clinical Placements 1 and 2. This module will provide you with core experiences in working with young people or adults with learning disabilities and psychological difficulties and/or developmental problems. Through this experience, you should be able to demonstrate an appropriate range of clinical skills and knowledge regarding the assessment, formulation, and intervention of these clients. To enhance your clinical reasoning, you will have the opportunity to work with clients with learning disabilities and with their direct carers and family members. You should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to this client group.

    Compulsory

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.

Modules

    • Credits/CATs points: 0
    • Student effort hours: >150
    • Contact hours: 140

    This module aims to provide advanced learning in a range of specialised clinical areas. The module is organised around a range of day long specialist workshops which build upon knowledge and skills developed through stages 1 and 2 of the course.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 90
    • Student effort hours: 900
    • Contact hours: 25

    The aim of this module is for you to produce a doctoral thesis in Clinical Psychology. The research thesis will be in the form of a portfolio of research and will contain (a) a literature review paper; (b) an empirical research paper; and (c) a reflective review paper. External and internal examiners, who will conduct a viva voce examination, will examine the research thesis.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 45
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This specialist experience placement is undertaken during stage 3 of the programme. This module will provide you with specialist experiences in working with clients with a range of psychological difficulties in a specific clinical area. Alternatively, this will be a leadership placement. Through this experience, you should be able to demonstrate a range of clinical skills and knowledge regarding assessment, formulation and intervention or in relation to the organisational area where they have chosen to enhance their leadership skills.

    You will have the opportunity to work with clients presenting with psychological problems that are acute, chronic, severe, and long-term, and should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the presentation of psychological problems in relation to this clinical area. Or they will be developing their competencies in clinical leadership. It is anticipated that these experiences will facilitate further advancement of clinical reasoning skills. You should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to particular client groups.

    Compulsory

    • Credits/CATs points: 45
    • Student effort hours: 500
    • Contact hours: n/a

    This specialist experience placement is undertaken during stage 3 of the programme. This module will provide you with specialist experiences in working with clients with a range of psychological difficulties in a specific clinical area. Alternatively, this will be a leadership placement. Through this experience, you should be able to demonstrate a range of clinical skills and knowledge regarding the assessment, formulation and intervention or in relation to the organisational area where they have chosen to enhance their leadership skills.

    You will have the opportunity to work with clients presenting with psychological problems that are acute, chronic, severe, and long-term, and should be able to demonstrate an awareness of the presentation of psychological problems in relation to this clinical area. Or they will be developing their competencies in clinical leadership. It is anticipated that these experiences will facilitate further advancement of clinical reasoning skills. You should also have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the organisational, multi-disciplinary, and political context of services provided to particular client groups.

    Compulsory

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.



How you'll learn

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.


Teaching contact hours

Contact hours vary depending 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.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 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.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Clinical practice reports
  • Seminar presentations
  • Reflective placement summaries
  • Audio/visual recordings of role play exercises
  • Competency log and supervisor ratings
  • Clinical leadership portfolio
  • Service evaluation project
  • Research proposal
  • Research thesis

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


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. Candidates with a 2:2 honours degree will only be considered if they have also completed a Master's degree in a relevant subject. 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.

Please refer to the full requirements in the disclaimer section5.

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Please see https://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/internationalenglish.html for more details about entry requirements for international students.

People training on NHS places are employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. So to apply for an NHS place you need to have the right to work in the UK without restriction. A student visa is not enough for an NHS place on clinical psychology training.

If you are unsure of your status please:


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.

Student Full time Part time
UK Clearing House funding per year Not available
International Clearing House funding per year Not available

Current 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 2022 entry should check  Clearing House Funding for funding updates.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the programme, you should be eligible for registration with HCPC as Practitioner Psychologists and have fulfilled the criteria and met the BPS Partnership and Accreditation Committee’s accreditation criteria for eligibility for Chartered status (BPS, 2017), and demonstrate the academic and research skills commensurate with doctoral status. In particular, you should have the skills, values and knowledge to:

  • Carry out high level psychological interventions in line with HCPC Standards of Proficiency (SOP) and CTCP criteria, evaluate their work and communicate effectively with clients, family members and carers, referrers and others, orally, electronically and in writing
  • Work effectively with clients, family members and carers from a diverse range of backgrounds, understanding and respecting the impact of difference and diversity upon their lives
  • Work effectively with systems relevant to clients, family members and carers including statutory, independent and third sector services, self-help and advocacy groups, user-led systems and other elements of the wider community
  • Work in a range of indirect ways including via consultancy, leadership and workforce development e.g. supervision, training, team formulation and service evaluation to improve psychological aspects of health and healthcare
  • Conduct research that enables the profession to develop its knowledge base and to monitor and improve the effectiveness of its work
  • Understand, apply and critically evaluate theoretical knowledge, as outlined in the CTCP accreditation criteria for training programmes in Clinical Psychology
  • Develop high-level skills in managing a personal learning agenda and self-care, and in critical reflection and self-awareness that enables transfer of knowledge and skill to new settings and problems.

There is currently great demand for clinical psychologists within the NHS. 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.

 


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  • 1Accreditations

    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.

    4Facilities

    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.

    5Placements

    Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The university is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.

    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.