University of Birmingham

Centre for Applied Psychology (CAP) | School of Psychology | College of Life & Environmental Sciences

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


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

Administration email:

[email protected]

Selection procedure

Applications are screened for the minimum criteria noted above - (Academic, Clinical and the ability to live and work in the UK without restriction)

Application forms are anonymised and rated against a set of criteria including competencies in:

  • Clinical work, Academia/Research, and Personal Suitability 

Shortlisted applicants are offered two interviews:

  1. Academic/Clinical, and a Personal Suitability panel
  2. Interviewers are Programme team members, Experts by Experience, and local Clinical Psychologists

During the interview week, applicants also sit an on-line 45-minute ‘research competency’ written test 

Following interview, applicants are informed about the outcome as soon as possible.

Written feedback is available for applicants who have been interviewed.

Equal opportunities

At Birmingham, we are very conscious of being situated in an area of rich ethnic and cultural diversity, and the course particularly welcomes applications from people underrepresented within the profession.

It is very important to us that applicants are not discriminated against or unfairly treated on the grounds of factors such as: age, social class, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

To this end, application forms are anonymised prior to review, we don’t note ‘A level’ results or the awarding institution for Undergraduate degrees, wherever possible our interview panels are balanced in terms of gender and ethnicity, and we don’t review references until at the offer stage.

We are developing a strategy for Positive Action, but this is unlikely to be in place for the 2024 intake selection process.

Contextual admissions

In collaboration with the Clearing House and other Programmes, we have agreed to share equal opportunities data, and are exploring options for a contextual admissions process in the future.  

Disability Confident / Applicants with disabilities

We don’t currently use Disability Confident in our selection processes, but actively encourage applications from people with a disability, and make every effort to provide reasonable adjustments to trainees once on the programme through University and employer processes.


Last updated:

14th July 2023