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Assessment

The DClinPsy course has four examined components: 1) 4 Case Reports and 1 service-related research project, 2) 4 written exams, 3) 6 clinical placement periods and 4) A research thesis.

In this section you will find information about our assessment procedures for trainees, staff and supervisors. You can also find links to our formal regulations relating to the passing and failing of examined course work.

Trainees

Case Report Guidelines

The work clinical psychologists undertake is underpinned by their ability to apply models and theories, used in a reflective and an iterative way. Most clinical work can be seen as a process – assessment leads to hypotheses about how best to intervene, and monitoring the way the intervention unfolds gives feedback about how well these hypotheses fit the clinical picture. A sense of openness to this feedback and a capacity to reflect on one’s own practice (often through supervision) is also central. All of this represents clinical competence, and case reports are a chance for you to demonstrate this and your development as a clinician. As such, the course uses them as one of the indicators of your capacity to function as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist.

Overall they give us a chance to look at:

a) your developing clinical competence across a range of different types of work and setting, in the context of a range of theoretical perspectives

b) your ability to integrate academic and theoretical ideas with your clinical experience

c) your ability to reflect on the way in which clinical, professional and ethical issues interact and impact on your work

For general information on aims, format and breadth of content click here

For information on the Service Related Research Report click here

For information on submission, marking, passing and failing of case reports and service related research reports click here

Submission Deadlines

Course Submission Deadlines and Exam Dates 2017-18

2017 INTAKE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

DATE RETURNED

Case Report 1 1 February 2018 8 March 2018
Case Report 2 3 May 2018 7 June 2018
Research Statement of Intent 10 May 2018
n/a
Exam Paper 1 30 May 2018
TBC
Exam Paper 2 1 June 2018
TBC
Research Proposal 27 September 2018 n/a

2016 INTAKE


 
Case Report 3 8 November 2017 13 December 2017
Research Expense Proposal 9 February 2018
n/a
1st Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal
16 February 2018 n/a
Case Report 4 14 March 2018 4 May 2018
Exam Paper 3 30 May 2018
TBC
Exam Paper 4 1 June 2018
TBC
2nd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal 13 July 2018
n/a
Literature Review 23 November 2018
n/a

2015 INTAKE


 
Case Report 5 13th October 2017
17th November 2017
3rd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal 9 February 2018 n/a
Thesis Title/Abstract 2 March 2018
n/a
Thesis Submission 22 June 2018
n/a
Vivas w/c 3rd September 2018
11th September 2018

For placement paperwork, please click here

Supervisors Form: Confirmation of Case Report Details

Exams

Examination information can be found here

Details on passing and failing examinations

Brief Exam Guidance

Study Time

In order to minimise disruption to placement work, we provide study time in the lead-up to the exams in what would otherwise be college teaching time. This means you will not have any automatic entitlement for leave from placement for exam revision and would have to take this as annual leave in negotiation with your supervisor.

Examination Dates

Times, location and candidate ID will be confirmed by UCL Exams Section via Portico

2017 Intake
Paper 1    30th May 2018
Paper 2    1st June 2018

2016 Intake
Paper 3   30th May 2018
Paper 4   1st June 2018

Past Exam Papers

Paper 1

Paper 2

The structure of Paper 3 was changed from 2018 - this now uses the same structured format as Paper 1.

Sample Structured Paper 3

Past exam papers for Paper 3 are a useful guide in terms of the contents and style of questions, but trainees should note the new four part structure of Paper 3.

Past (unstructured) Paper 3

Statistics Papers

2010 (data)

2011 (data)

Plagiarism

Plagiarism refers to passing off someone else's work as your own. It is a serious offence with potentially serious consequences. For further information including the UCL guidelines please click here

Extenuating Circumstances

This form should be used to notify the course of any circumstances likely to affect your examination performance. This includes written examination papers, the thesis viva, a clinical viva or significant extensions to case report deadlines.

Extenuating circumstances form


Assessment Regulations

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has four examined components (case reports/service related research projects, exams, placements, thesis), all of which must be passed in order to qualify for the degree of DClinPsy. To read our Scheme of Award, which describes our assessed course work, please click this link.

All course work is overseen by the DClinPsy Exam Board, which consists of course staff and external examiners. The regulations concerning the role of the Board and the procedures that lay out the rules for passing and failing course work can be found in the Course Handbook.

Staff

Case Report Guidelines

For general information on aims, format and breadth of content  click here

For information on the Service Related Research Report click here


Case Report Marking

For details of marking, passing and failing case reports click here 

Case Report Markers & Deadlines

Granting Extensions

Under exceptional circumstances, an extension to the date by which work must be handed in can be negotiated. This should be requested in advance by discussion with the Course Tutor. The usual grounds for an extension would be serious illness (for which a medical certificate will be required) or major life-events. Extensions are not granted because of pressure of work or minor ailments.

Extensions up to one week: These are negotiated through discussion with the Course Tutor, who will then notify the Chair of the Board of Examiners, copying in Julia Curl and Dan McQuade.

Specific detail pertaining to the request should be kept between the trainee and Course Tutor, we simply need to know the trainee it involves and the report it relates to.

Extensions longer than one week: Requests for longer extensions are also negotiated with the Course Tutor, but the Tutor will need to pass this request to the Chair of the Board of Examiners, who is empowered to make this decision. The trainee will be required to put the request in writing using the Extenuating Circumstances form (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dclinpsy/forms/forms, under Extenuating Circumstances). The Chair of the Board of Examiners will then inform the Course Tutor of the decision, copying Julia Curl and Dan McQuade. The Course Tutor should then inform the trainee of the outcome.

Please note that the trainee should not be directly communicating with course administration regarding extensions.

Exam Marking

Extenuating Circumstances

This form should be used to notify the course of any circumstances likely to affect your examination performance. This includes written examination papers, the thesis viva, a clinical viva or significant extensions to case report deadlines.

Extenuating circumstances form

Guidance and Forms for Thesis and Clinical Viva Examinations

This section contains password protected access for staff examining trainee theses and clinical vivas.

Research Theses

  1. Guidelines for internal examiners
  2. Guidelines for external examiners
  3. Preliminary thesis report form
  4. Joint thesis report form

Clinical Vivas

  1. Guidelines for internal examiners
  2. Guidelines for external examiners
  3. Joint viva report form

Supervisors

Case Report Guidelines

For general information on aims, format and breadth of content  click here

For information on the Service Related Research Report click here

Supervisors Form: Confirmation of Case Report Details