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Clinical Psychology PsychD

Key information

Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK. We specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research with a strong theoretical context. We’re at the cutting edge of psychology research, and have been the focus for many cross-national studies. We’ve received funding from many research councils, as well as local and national government.

We offer excellent graduate employment prospects, and are one of the biggest psychology postgraduate training schools in the country.

Our PsychD Clinical Psychology offers a combination of opportunities that’s hard to match elsewhere. You’ll get training that combines theory and methods, as well as experience of contemporary clinical psychology practice.

This course puts special emphasis on psychological practice, and will prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist. Completing our PsychD Clinical Psychology will make you eligible to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What you will study

Our PsychD in Clinical Psychology is a three-year practitioner doctorate course which provides professional clinical psychology training based on a coherent synthesis of psychological theory, research and clinical practice.

You will begin your training with six weeks of compulsory teaching, which will introduce you to the NHS, and will provide you with a solid foundation of working psychotherapeutically using cognitive behavioural therapy to prepare you for your first placement. You will then begin your clinical practice, spending two and a half days a week on clinical placement, two days back at the University for teaching or research, and half a day on private study. This pattern will continue for your three years of full-time training (although there is no formal teaching during August). Most of your teaching will support each of your placements, so you will be properly equipped to work with your clients.

Over three years, you will build up the breadth and depth of your clinical skills in both applied psychology and psychotherapy, and by the end of the programme you will be equipped to work with a wide variety of different clients in different contexts.

Research themes

The focus of our research is mental health, wellbeing and recovery.

Our research is organised within three main strands:

  • Drugs, alcohol and addictive behaviours
  • Self and identity
  • Psychosocial interventions.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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

Applicants are expected to: Eligible for Graduate Basis for Registration from the BPS, a minimum of a 2:1 degree in psychology (or suitable equivalent, please see below) or at least nine months’ (whole time equivalent) sustained, recent experience in clinically related areas. As the programme is training professionals for the NHS, we cannot accept applications from non-EU countries. Entry to this programme is conditional on a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB). Applicants are required to hold a current, valid UK driving licence and have access to transport for work purposes.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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