University of Essex

School of Health and Social Care

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]


Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet graduated


High 2:1 or above (over 65%) required for undergraduate degree (or conversion course)
A low 2:1 or 2:2 degree can be considered with specific further demonstration of academic competence

Please see our Entry Requirements page for specific details


At least one-year’s full-time, or equivalent, clinical or research experience relevant to clinical psychology


Home fees status is required
Applicants need to be employable by the NHS

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information


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


We participate in the Disability Confident scheme and endeavour to interview all applicants under this scheme who demonstrate essential criteria.

Please see our Selection Procedure page for more information.

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)

Professional accreditation

This three-year full-time doctoral-level training programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Successful completion of the training programme leads to the qualification of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) from the University of Essex which confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The only award that can be made is the D.Clin.Psych and there is no other exit award.

The programme does not offer Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL).

Approach and theories

The programme does not prioritise one model or approach, but instead draws on a number of different models and approaches including cognitive-behavioural models, psychodynamic approaches, systemic and integrative approaches alongside developmental, socio-political, critical and other perspectives. The main therapeutic modalities are CBT, systemic and short-term psychodynamic models.

Further information about the programme curriculum can be found on our website.

Placement locations

The vast majority of placements are based across Essex and trainees can expect to travel up to 40 miles each way, to and from placement. Having access to a car is recommended to get to placement and then travel whilst on placement.

Last updated:

12th July 2023