University of Manchester

Division of Psychology and Mental Health | School of Health Sciences | Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


0161 529 4180 (Option 5)

Administration email:

[email protected]


Who can apply:

Candidates must have already been awarded a qualification that makes them eligible for GBC.
Current undergraduates will not be short-listed for interview.


A minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree is required.
For candidates who have completed a conversion course the minimum 2:1 award remains applicable.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for more information. 


A minimum of 12 months paid clinically relevant experience prior to submitting an application is essential.
Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in, and commitment to, research.

Please see our Entry Requirements page for information about what we regard as clinically relevant experience.


For an NHS-funded place, applicants must have Home Fees status.
For a self-funded place, applicants must have Overseas Fees status.

Please see our Funding page for more information. 


Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be required to sit a General Mental Ability test.

We are unable to accept applications that do not have References/Suitability Statements submitted in the Clearing House format. Any applications received with Suitability Statements not in this format cannot be processed.

Please see our Selection Procedure page for more information.


Unfortunately, we are not able to participate in the Disability Confident scheme at present, although we are committed to changing this in the future.

Please see our Selection Procedure page for information about positive action for applicants with a disability.

Document requirements:

If you are not from a majority English-speaking country and your undergraduate degree is not from a majority English-speaking country you need to provide an IELTS test. Check the Manchester entry for more details.

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • Undergraduate degree TRANSCRIPT
  • Conversion course TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • English test - ALL APPLICANTS check requirements of the course

Professional accreditation

The ClinPsyD Programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and commissioned by NHS England.

Approach and theories

Teaching is organised into a modular system and is provided by Programme staff, clinicians from the region and national experts. The teaching includes core clinical areas: adult, child, older adult and learning or intellectual disability; therapeutic approaches (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic interpersonal therapy, systemic and family therapy, clinical neuropsychology); specialist areas (e.g. clinical health psychology; clinical forensic psychology); research methods; and statistics. 

Placement locations

Trainees spend 50% of the programme gaining supervised clinical experience on placements across the North-West of England. Several local NHS Trusts support the programme by providing these placements, most of which are in Greater Manchester but also include Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire. Trainees need to be aware that in applying for the programme they have accepted that they will have to travel required distances from their homes to the locations specified above. Travel within placements will also be expected. 

Last updated:

18th August 2023