University of East Anglia

Norwich Medical School | Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Course length:

3 Years (full-time)


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Who can apply:

We are unable to consider applicants who are not eligible for GBC by the beginning of February.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more details.


At least a 2:1 honours degree is required
OR  a 2:2 in the undergraduate degree with successful completion of a postgraduate research programme at Masters, PhD or DPhil level

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There is no formal minimum length of experience required.
Whilst we are primarily interested in how clinical experience has prepared you for training, very short or limited experiences are unlikely to be considered as high quality.

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For the NHS-funded route, you must have Home fee status and have the right to work in the UK without restriction.
For the self-funded route, you must have Overseas fee status.

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


The course does not participate in the Disability Confident scheme

Document requirements:

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

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

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) with the most recent accreditation visit occurring in June 2021. The programme received two formal commendations from this visit, with the visiting team noting ‘[t]he culture of compassionate academic rigour, clearly fostered by the programme team, resonates across other departments within the University and out into the local NHS community’, and that ‘trainees are fully prepared with regard to professional attitudes, clinical skills and leadership competencies and are capable of making a sustained contribution to their local services immediately on qualifying’. 

The programme is actively working to develop a BABCP accreditation pathway, which, once implemented, would mean that a small number of trainees would be supported to gain BABCP accreditation over the course of their training. For avoidance of doubt, it is important to emphasise that at the time of writing (June 2023) this pathway is in development, and it is not expected to receive accreditation until mid-2024 at the earliest. This means that we are unlikely to be able to confirm the status of this pathway for October 2024 intake with interested applicants until after the main ClinPsyD selection process has completed.  Nonetheless, the process of development and implementation of the pathway is expected to bring benefits to all trainees in terms of gaining evidence and experience that would assist in making an individual application to the BABCP after completion of training.

The programme does not provide any APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning). The Programme is full-time for 3 years and attendance at all programme components is mandatory over that time, including the induction period. All trainees are required to complete all elements of the programme in order to qualify.

Approach and theories

The primary clinical models on the programme are CBT and Systemic. Some introductory teaching considering other models is included but we do not seek to develop competency in these models. We additionally have strengths in neuropsychology teaching and a strong research element. 

Our CBT teaching encompasses the broad range of CBT approaches including second and third-wave CBT approaches. Our curriculum also reflects our strengths in both neuropsychology and leadership. Overall, we emphasise an approach that places importance on clinical practice being rooted in the meaningful application of clinical theory and research. 

Placement locations

The cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough, and the town of Ipswich, are the largest population centres within our commissioned region. UEA is based in the “fine city” of Norwich

East Anglia is a large, predominantly rural region, and a wonderful place to live and train. Our placement area encompasses the counties of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. We have a range of NHS partners in the region including the key mental health trusts (CPFT and NSFT) as well as acute hospital trusts and community trusts. 

Trainees are allocated a placement base, which is part of their offer of a place on the programme. Once accepted, this base cannot subsequently be changed. Currently, trainees are offered one of four placement bases:

  • South Cambridgeshire (including services based in Cambridge, Ely and Newmarket)
  • North Cambridgeshire (including services based in Huntingdon, Peterborough and Fenland)
  • Norfolk and Waveney (including services based in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and King’s Lynn)

Suffolk (including services based in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich)

Although trainees may be asked to complete placements outside their base area, this is unusual. 

We ask all candidates who are offered an interview to tell us their base preferences including advising us which locations might be particularly difficult. Successful applicants who present reasonable adjustments or relevant personal circumstances will be given priority for their preferred placement base. The decision to offer a place on the programme is not affected by your choices on this form. For successful candidates, the base you are offered will depend on your expressed preferences, any reasonable adjustments for a declared disability or significant personal circumstances, and your ranked interview score. 

Trainees are expected to be able to easily travel between placement locations within their base area. This means that ordinarily trainees will need to have use of a car and be able to drive. You will be asked to confirm your driving licence status and whether you can access a car. If a disability precludes you from driving, please advise us of this at the relevant point, providing as much information as possible to help us understand and assess how travel within the base area could be practically managed. 

It is strongly recommended that trainees live within their base area, as clinical placements may involve considerable amounts of travel and trainees are expected to follow the normal working pattern followed at the placement. This includes the balance of face-to-face vs remote working offered by the placement service. Living in the base location enables contact with and support from other trainees. If trainees choose to live outside of their base area, they must be prepared to travel across the whole base area they are allocated. We also cannot allocate virtual placements on the basis of preference. 

Many trainees live in either Cambridge or Norwich, but also in other towns around the region. Peterborough, Ely, Ipswich, and Bury St Edmunds are popular locations. 

Trainees will also need to attend UEA in Norwich for teaching. Given the large geographic area of our region, much of our teaching occurs during ‘blocks’. Trainees who live the furthest away from Norwich will be offered local accommodation for the first teaching block.  We intend to continue to deliver some teaching using online/remote technologies, but the relative balance of teaching at UEA vs online teaching will be kept under review.  Please note, all teaching is scheduled as either face to face or online (i.e. it is not possible to attend face to face teaching via an online platform).

The process of placement allocation is based on several factors including competency need, organisational priorities, and supervisor availability. Trainees cannot express preferences for placements in Year 1 and 2. 

Subject to competency development and constraints on availability, trainees can choose specialist placements in the third year from across the whole region. There is an extensive range of specialist placements covering virtually all clinical psychology specialisms and a number of exciting leadership placements. Since 2015 we have been offering an international placement opportunity for placement 6 for a small number of trainees, subject to suitable progression. These placements have been with partners in Malaysia and more recently Australia. New International placements are in development for 2024.

Last updated:

21st June 2023