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Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DClinPsych - Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Welcome to DClinPsy Psychology

The DClinPsy Psychology at Lincoln is referred to as the Trent Programme, a multi-agency collaboration between Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and the Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham.

The programme is designed to train students from diverse backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to inform their practice as Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered clinical psychologists. Upon successful completion, the programme leads to the award of a DClinPsy doctoral degree.

The programme aims to develop the strengths of both scientist-practitioner and reflective-practitioner stances; skills in a variety of assessment, formulation, and intervention techniques; confidence in using research methods to answer clinical questions; organisational and service evaluation skills; and awareness of priority groups within the NHS. Students can develop the confidence required to perform as highly effective individual clinicians, and in the leadership and consultancy roles expected of the clinical psychologists of the future.

Accreditations and Memberships

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and leads to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology (Doctor of Clinical Psychology - DClinPsy).

How You Are Assessed

The programme makes use of practice-based learning and associated assessments during the first and third years. Students are assessed using a combination of assessed role-play interviews and presentations, as well as written exercises. The programme also uses case studies, essays, oral presentations, and vivas to assess progress throughout the programme.

Assessment Feedback

Students will receive assignment feedback via email consisting of a provisional grade, detailed formative feedback (containing the comments of at least two markers), and a summary statement.

Career Opportunities

This programme is designed to train people from a diverse range of backgrounds to become resourceful clinicians capable of drawing on a broad range of psychological models and theories, including cognitive behavioural therapy, to inform their practice as HCPC registered and BPS chartered clinical psychologists.


In this module students follow up the research proposal submitted in ERA by (for example) liaising with local services, gathering data, and where appropriate, gathering data to be written up for their research portfolio submitted in BRP. This module also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities in applying their research skills to evaluating their own effectiveness on placement and/or some aspect of a local service, or other small-scale research query related to clinical psychology. Students are also expected to learn to collect and scrutinise data appropriate to their enquiry, analyse the data using suitable quantitative and/or qualitative methods, discuss their findings in a scholarly style, reflect on their research experience in a structured format, and condense their research into brief reports.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

This programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This programme currently only accepts trainees who are funded through NHS training commissions.

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, and a minimum of one year of relevant experience. Candidates with a lower second class degree may be considered if they also have a Master’s degree. Applicants should have previous supervised practical experience relevant to clinical training which demonstrates that they have the personal and intellectual ability, including writing skills, to pursue a challenging and demanding postgraduate training course. Postgraduate research experience can be an advantage, and the capacity to be critical and analytical, to work in a self-motivated independent way, and to set personal priorities is essential. Innovative and entrepreneurial potential is also highly desirable. Candidates should have a long-standing interest in clinical psychology and a strong understanding and commitment to the positive and unique contribution psychologists can make to the NHS. Excellent interpersonal skills at a level appropriate for dealing with people in distress and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines are expected. Candidates should note that with the Clearing House application the Relevant Experience Reference must be from your current employer.