Most places are funded by the NHS
The National Health Service (NHS) provides the funding for most of the places on clinical psychology courses.
People accepted on these NHS funded places are employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. They start their training with a salary of £35,392 p.a., which is the bottom of Band 6 (April 2023 figures) on the Agenda for Change pay scale.
- Please see the NHS Health Careers website for more information about NHS pay and benefits
Course fees are usually paid by the NHS. Other costs e.g. travel costs etc, can vary between Course Centres.
- Please see the Courses section for information provided by individual courses about funding and costs
Please note that the Clearing House plays no role in the funding arrangements for clinical psychology training. Individual course centres provide further details about the funding arrangements for their programme when they offer a place.
For NHS places, you need the right to work without restriction
Because NHS places are funded by trainees being employed, you must have the right to work in the UK without restriction.
- Please see the International Applicants section if you need more information about right to work
Have you already done NHS-funded training?
If you have already received NHS funding for training in the psychological professions you may not be able to apply this year.
From April 2022 you need at least a 2 year gap between finishing your previous NHS-funded training and starting NHS-funded clinical psychology training. This is a Health Education England (HEE) requirement.
Examples of psychological professions training which may be funded by the NHS in England could include (amongst others): Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner; Clinical Associate in Psychology; etc. The HEE website has a fuller list.
- Please see the HEE website for a set of FAQs about the requirements and the dates that apply
From 16 October 2023 you need at least a 2 year gap between finishing your previous NHS-funded training in any of the devolved nations and starting NHS-funded clinical psychology training. This is a Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) requirement.
- Please see the Bangor University and South Wales entries in the Courses section of our website for more details
NHS Education Scotland (NES) funds the following psychological training:
- MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People at the University of Edinburgh
- MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care run jointly by the Universities of Stirling and Dundee
- NES Enhanced Psychological Practice (EPP) programme
You must wait at least 18 months from when you first enrolled on these courses before you can submit a clinical psychology application and you cannot apply if you are currently enrolled on any of these courses. This is an NES requirement.
There are self-funded places available for applicants with home fees status at the course centres listed below.
- Please see the Entry Requirements section if you need more information about fees status
If you choose to apply for these self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding e.g. by funding yourself, by getting a scholarship, by organising sponsorship etc. You will need to fund all of your costs for the three years of training e.g. course fees, living costs, travel expenses etc. Please check the information provided by the centres concerned to see how much their course fees are.
|Course Centre||How to apply|
|University of Hertfordshire||Apply through the Clearing House to course 1102
or directly to the university.
- Please see the International Applicants section for a list of course centres with self-funded places available for international applicants with overseas fees status
7th November 2023