University of Exeter

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences | School of Psychology

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Course length:

3 years (full-time)


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Training with us

Open Day

An Open Day will be held for potential applicants to the University of Exeter course. The event will take place on the 4th October 2023, 13:00-15:00 BST, Online. For more information about the event and to register your interest please visit Eventbrite.

Trainee Support

Each trainee is allocated:

  • A Line Manager who is available for pastoral support at any time and meets the trainee formally twice a year to review progress in all areas.
  • A Research Tutor who supports the trainee in all aspects of their research in addition to the Research Supervisors allocated to the trainee for each project.
  • A Clinical Tutor visits the trainee on each placement and is available to support trainees with any placement related issue at anytime
  • A Buddy from the year above for informal support and advice 

We also are part of two mentoring schemes for students from racially minoritised backgrounds: a scheme for aspiring clinical psychologist and a scheme for current trainees. Current trainees are encouraged to become mentors for aspiring psychologist in the former scheme (and again, we are developing ways to capture these experiences as valuable competencies).

As employers of our local NHS Trust, all trainees also benefit from the staff support services provided by that Trust.

Feedback from current trainees:

“My favourite thing about the Exeter course is the balance it manages between the reflective-practitioner and scientist-practitioner models of applied psychology. For example, the course gives a lot of consideration to basic conceptual issues of epistemology and values in research, theory, and practice without wedding itself to one perspective over another.”

"One of my favourite things about the course is the flexibility to pursue accreditation in different psychological approaches (CAT, Systemic Therapy, CBT). Having this option encourages you to think about your own professional identity and the type of psychologist you'd like to become. I also enjoy being part of a very diverse cohort and appreciate the value placed on trainees' wellbeing. It's wonderful training in the South West too, with stunning beaches and countryside close by to help de-stress!"

"The course have been good at supporting me through difficult personal circumstances. They have been understanding that life still continues whilst you are in training. They have been helped me to fulfill the course requirements, to be able to continue with my professional development and have guided me towards support for my well-being”.

History and the surrounding region

Exeter has been training Clinical Psychologists for over 40 years, and the course has strong links with local NHS Trusts and third sector services, as over 30 post graduate therapy training programmes at the University. The Streatham Campus, the University’s largest site in Exeter, is built around a country estate overlooking the city and is readily acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the country. All the teaching buildings, together with the sports park, the library, the shops, restaurants, cafés and bars are within walking distance of each other. 

Last updated:

1st August 2023