Lancaster University

Faculty of Health & Medicine, Division of Health Research

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time), or 4 years and 4 months (part-time, 0.7 FTE)


You can email any enquiries after checking all 6 pages below, which cover most FAQs

Administration email:

[email protected]
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Who can apply:

Candidates must, at the time of application, be eligible for GBC with the BPS. Only those candidates who are eligible for GBC will be considered.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more details.

We do NOT require a driving licence and/or access to a car.


We do NOT consider degree classification as part of our selection process


We do NOT have any requirements for previous clinical experience and do not use such experience in assessing applicant’s potential for training


Potential applicants should check the residence requirements at our website to ensure they are eligible before submitting an application


Lancaster uses a screening test to which all applicants who meet our eligibility criteria are invited. Please see our website for details of the test.

Please note that the Suitability Statements, personal statements in your Application, clinical work experience, and previous academic attainments are NOT used to assess your application to the programme, nor provided to interview panel members.


We are proactive about supporting people with disabilities. Please see our website for more information.

Document requirements:

All applicants should check our website for the evidence you need to provide of your English language ability.

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • English test - ALL APPLICANTS check requirements of the course

Professional accreditation

The programme is approved by the HCPC and accredited by the BPS. The programme does not consider the APEL credit system.

Approach and theories

The BPS requires all programmes to teach CBT and at least one other approach over 3 years (if full time). At Lancaster, we offer CBT, neuropsychology, cognitive analytic therapy and systemic practice. Within the systemic practice teaching there are also specialist teaching sessions on narrative therapy. Teaching on other models is also part of the curriculum but extra sessions are timetabled for these approaches. See for more details.

Placement locations

Placements are allocated across the whole of the northwest of England and may be located in Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside or Cumbria. Placements are allocated based on learning needs with the geographic location of trainees considered. See here for more details of the placement structure throughout training.

Last updated:

20th July 2023