University of Liverpool

Department of Primary Care and Mental Health | Institute of Population Health | Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Course length:

3 years (full-time)


0151 794 5530

Administration email:

[email protected]

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Who can apply:

Candidates must have GBC


The majority of successful applicants have a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree.
Candidates with a 2:2 can also apply. However, they must provide clear and substantial evidence that this is not an accurate reflection of their true academic ability.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information.


An equivalent of one-year whole-time paid experience in suitable (preferably NHS) settings is a minimum requirement at the time of application. Most applicants have substantially more.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information.


Applicants must have the unrestricted right to reside, study, train and work in the UK.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information.


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


Anyone with a declared disability who at short-listing, is placed on the reserve list for interview, will automatically be offered an interview.

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)
  • Any other Postgraduate degree CERTIFICATE (if completed)

Open Day

An Open Day will be held for potential applicants to the Liverpool course in October 2023 (date and venue - to be confirmed).

Please register your interest in joining the Open Day by emailing [email protected]

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by:  

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

There is no accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees must complete the full programme of training to qualify. Attendance throughout the course is mandatory, including the induction period.

Approach and theories

The overriding theme is the application of theoretical concepts to clinical problems on an evidential basis, within a problem-solving, reflective approach.

In accordance with the BPS accreditation standards, the specific therapeutic competencies identified by the programme are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Systemic Therapy. Neuropsychology also comprises a key element of the competency framework. Other therapeutic modalities and approaches to clinical work are taught throughout the programme. A strong emphasis is placed on the collaborative development of clinical case formulations which are capable of informing subsequent interventions and reformulation.

Placement locations

NHS clinical psychology services in the North West region offer a particularly rich variety of placements. Trainees will complete core placements working across the lifespan and with people with learning disability or cognitive impairment in the first 2 years.

Trainees have the option to undertake two 6-month or one 12-month specialist placement in Year 3. These placements may build on core skills with more complex case work or move into the various regional specialist facilities on Merseyside (see below),

Novel and innovative specialist placements, mainly in community settings with limited access to clinical psychology provision, are being increasingly developed (for instance, a specialist homeless team placement based within a homeless hostel, with public health or with MENCAP).

Applicants should note that we are not able to offer "out of area" placements, falling outside of the North-West Region. Trainees will be expected to travel to placements within the Cheshire-Merseyside Region.

Last updated:

15th August 2023