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PGDip Clinical Psychology

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The PgDip in Clinical Psychology will provide you with the practical experience and knowledge you need to fast-track your future career and apply your psychological knowledge in clinical practice. With a hands-on approach to learning, the training of key clinical skills are embedded within all elements of this programme to provide the competencies required of clinical professionals.

Extensive access to service users provide you with experience of group and family work, the cognitive behaviour approach, and other techniques that allows a privileged insight to mental health service provision and builds a secure foundation for your career in clinical practice.

Careers with this subject

The programme is designed to provide the clinical training that will place you at a competitive advantage in the career pathways to clinical practice. Providing an advanced level of instruction, this course will deepen your knowledge and skills in the core competencies required in mental health service delivery, and provide insight to service provision in NHS and third-sector organisations. This provides an excellent preparation for careers in assistant psychologist roles, applied clinical work, or can also be invaluable in other applications, such as nursing, education or working with vulnerable or marginalised groups.

Key features

  • Learn through experience: activities that teach key clinical skills are embedded throughout the course, allowing you to put your new knowledge directly into practice.
  • Obtain accreditation for clinical skills and competencies, with the option to study part-time alongside clinical practice.
  • Extensive access to service users provide a competitive advantage for the acquisition of real-world skills and experience.
  • Gain insights on further training by working alongside trainees and tutors on our clinical doctoral training programme (DClinPsy).

With the supervision and guidance of clinicians you will acquire specialist skills and knowledge that will prepare you for clinical practice, with a focus on training related to the core concepts and techniques of you’ll need to work with patients in a rapidly changing workplace.


Advanced treatment of interpretative and discursive techniques in psychology, extending students knowledge beyond basic thematic analyses and introducing interpretative phenomenological analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis and conversation analysis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£500 per 10 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Most students will hold an honours degree, usually a 2:1 or higher. There is no requirement that the degree is in psychology, and the programme is open to medical and other professionals who wish to update or augment their knowledge and skills in applied clinical psychology. Applicants that can also demonstrate their ability to thrive on this course through current or previous professional experience will also be taken into consideration.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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