University of Bath

Department of Psychology | Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


01225 383491

Administration email:

[email protected]
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Who can apply:

We consider applicants who have not yet graduated. They must meet all other essential criteria. Any offer is conditional on achieving the relevant undergraduate or conversion course qualification before the course starts.    


A 1st or 2:1 in an undergraduate psychology degree

OR MSc Conversion Course (Merit or Distinction) with GBC.


Minimum 9 months (full-time equivalent) clinical experience.


Have the right to work in the UK and meet the Residence criteria: Home 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 information about our support for candidates with disabilities.

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)

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by:  

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (level 2: BABCP)
  • Foundation level accreditation with the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) 

The course does not accept any other prior learning (APEL)

Approach and theories

Main theories and approaches running across the programme:

  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) (including third wave e.g., ACT and DBT)
  • Systemic Theory and Practice
  • Mindfulness
  • Neuropsychology
  • Narrative 
  • Cognitive Analytic (CAT)
  • Development of higher-level competencies and meta competencies

Placements, research projects and individual lectures provide rich learning and experiences from a range of additional theoretical backgrounds and approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, community psychology and EMDR – which can be further explored in final year elective placements.

Placement locations

Our training programme works in close partnership with NHS Trusts in the South West region. This includes Avon and Wiltshire Partnership, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Mental Health, North Bristol NHS Trust, Sirona and HCRG. We also work with other providers including charities and Student Services. Together, these services provide a range of excellent training placements.

We offer placements across a large geographical area. This spans from Gloucestershire in the north to Salisbury in the south and from Weston-Super-Mare in the west to Swindon in the east. 

The Personal Planning and Training Needs Assessment will form the main basis for consideration of placement requirements, to ensure that trainees can access the learning opportunities they need in order to meet the requirements of training.

To access the opportunities across the wide region, and meet their training needs, trainees will need to travel over the course of training. We strongly recommend that trainees have the use of a car and a current valid driving licence to support them in travel.

Arrangements will be made for trainees unable to drive including through disability. Where possible, consideration is given to trainees' circumstances in organising placements. However, we cannot guarantee particular placement locations for individual trainees, and all trainees should expect to travel to placement during training. Some financial assistance may be available to enable trainees to stay overnight in the more remote parts of the region. 

Last updated:

10th July 2024