University of Exeter

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences | School of Psychology

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3 years (full-time)


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Entry requirements

Who can apply

If you have any incomplete assessment/reassessment or other criteria from another University, it may not be possible for us to offer you a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or you may be required to provide proof that you have withdrawn from your incomplete programme. 

Any offers made to applicants currently studying for a PhD will be conditional upon the applicant passing their viva with at no/only minor modifications (three months) before the DClin acceptance deadline in June.

HEE funding arrangements for psychological professions training has changed. If entering an HEE funded training from April 2022, you will not be eligible to receive NHS funding for a subsequent psychological professions training, such as the DClinPsy programme, until a minimum of 2 years after the award (HEE Psychological Professions Funding).


All applicants must have

Graduate Basis for Registration (GBC) confirmed at time of application

Plus one of the following

  • 1st class or 2:1 psychology degree
  • 1st class or 2:1 non-psychology degree plus completion of an accredited psychology conversion course awarded at Merit or Distinction. 
  • 2:2 undergraduate psychology degree plus a research Masters (a course that requires completion of a research dissertation) awarded at Merit or Distinction, or a DPhil, or a PhD.  
  • 2:2 without a Masters if one of the Contextual Admissions criteria is met.


Candidates require a minimum of one year of relevant clinical experience, working with people with psychological needs

Our selection process considers what applicants have learned from their experience and how this has shaped their thinking and practice.

Relevant experiences are those that help applicants develop the competencies needed for training. These include resilience to working with psychological distress; a commitment to reflective practice; a realistic sense of the clients with whom clinical psychologists work; and an understanding of the profession, the NHS and working practices. Ideally you will have been supervised by or worked closely with a clinical psychologist, however, we recognise that this is not possible for all.

Experience can be gained in any type of environment, whether within the NHS or other health / care settings.  Experience of providing therapy, such as that gained as an Assistant Psychologist, Clinical Associate in Psychology or IAPT therapist/wellbeing practitioner is particularly valuable. We also welcome applicants who have gained clinical experience as a Healthcare Assistant, Support Worker or other health professional.

We welcome applicants from non-traditional routes into clinical psychology who have relevant clinical experience.

Short term or part time positions (including volunteer work and placements during a first degree) can contribute to relevant clinical experience, however these are normally insufficient on their own.

We also expect applicants to have research experience, this can include research undertaken as an undergraduate.

References / Statements of suitability

You need two references/suitability statements: one academic and one relevant experience.

You need to nominate one person to write your Academic Suitability Statement and a different person to write your Experience Suitability Statement. Each suitability statement can only be provided by one person.

We encourage applicants to carefully consider their referees’ suitability to provide the information requested in the Clearing House reference forms.

Please note that a number of healthcare organisations have a policy of providing standardised references for all employees and will not provide personal references. We do not accept these references and would not be able to consider applications where these are received.

Documents required

A document confirming your GBC status.

Advice for your application

All applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Their personal, professional and socio-political awareness
  • Their resilience
  • Their ability to be critical and analytical
  • Their commitment to clinical psychology as a profession
  • Their ability to carry out research / audit

International applicants

We accept two international applicants a year and offer a supportive, respectful and encouraging learning environment. Applicants must be able to:

  • Have overseas fees status
  • Secure financial support throughout the duration of training on the Programme.
  • Meet our entry criteria (see above) 
  • Degree qualifications awarded outside the UK are assessed by the BPS for eligibility for GBC. Usually, GBC is conferred when an individual has completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, or a postgraduate degree which includes a substantive period of study in Psychology. If your qualifications are from outside the UK, you must apply for membership of the BPS and they will check your qualifications as part of the application process.
  • For applicants with international qualifications, a copy of an appropriate transcript of all relevant qualifications (along with an official translation into English where appropriate) must be included with the application.
  • Those whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS at least level 7 (with no element below 6.5), or equivalent.

The offer of a place on the training programme is subject to specific checks e.g. the applicant gaining a successful police check from all relevant residences and an Occupational Health clearance prior to arrival in the UK. A successful Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required on arrival in the UK. Failure to do so will lead to Exeter withdrawing their sponsorship and the applicant will be required to return to their native country.

Last updated:

1st August 2023