IoPPN - King’s College London

Department of Psychology | School of Mental Health & Psychological Sciences
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | King’s College London

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


You can email any enquiries after checking all 6 pages below plus the links to our website, twitter and padlet pages, which cover most FAQs

Administration email:

[email protected]
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Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet graduated.
Applicants still completing their undergraduate degree or conversion course for GBC status will be rejected.


Minimum 2:1 degree in Psychology, or different discipline where the candidate has achieved GBC.
We are unable to accept applications from those with a 2.2 or lower undergraduate degree grade.


At least 12 months’ full-time equivalent (FTE) relevant experience in a clinical or clinically relevant research capacity at the time of application.
Experience gained during an undergraduate degree (placements or voluntary work) will not be sufficient on its own.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information.


We require Home fees status for NHS-funded places: apply via Clearing House.

We accept international applicants with Overseas fees status for self-funded places: apply via

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information about fees status. 


We do not have any additional tests as part of short-listing.


We do not participate in the Disability Confident scheme.

Please see our Selection Procedure page for details about positive action for protected characteristics.

Document requirements:

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • Undergraduate degree TRANSCRIPT
  • Conversion course TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • Any other Masters degree TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • Any other Postgraduate degree TRANSCRIPT (if completed)

Please note that the Programme admissions team are unable to provide individual careers advice or advice on further postgraduate study to potential applicants.

Before contacting the Programme, please view the information on the 6 pages of our Clearing House profile below, and check our Padlet page: KCL-DClinPsy information about applying. Many prospective applicant questions are answered on these resources. 

Please follow our Twitter account for general admissions advice and prospective applicant event adverts.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) –  Level 1 (for all trainees) and Level 2 (for a subset of trainees)
  • Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) – Foundation Level  (for all trainees) 

The Programme has also applied for Intermediate level accreditation for the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT), which when gained will apply to a subset of trainees in each cohort.

The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience. All trainees are required to complete the full Programme of training in order to qualify.

Approach and theories

  • CBT is the primary therapeutic modality
  • Family therapy/Systemic Practice is the second modality

Other research and clinical expertise includes:

  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Digital mental health including virtual technologies and digital delivery
  • Early intervention in mental health
  • Neuropsychology & neuroimaging
  • Clinical health psychology
  • Longitudinal research including links with Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry department
  • Research relating to Culture, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in mental health, including LGBTQ+ mental health
  • Innovative clinical services e.g. using third wave cognitive behavioural methodologies and applying cutting edge research findings. 

Placement locations

The Programme is based predominantly within King's Health Partners (an Academic Health Sciences Centre) which comprise King's College London and three of the highest rated NHS Foundation Trusts in the country: South London and Maudsley, King's College Hospital, and Guy's and St Thomas'. 

The majority of placements are located within South London and are accessible via public transport links.

Health conditions and carer responsibilities are taken into account as much as possible when allocating placements.

Please note that the Programme stance on remote working for clinical placements without formal adjustments is that trainee attendance in person is based on the needs of the service. Trainees are expected to commute to clinical placements. 

Last updated:

30th August 2023