UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


About the Course

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The UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the largest professional training course for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom and welcomes high-calibre candidates from the UK and abroad. The Course provides a first-rate training in clinical psychology, leading to a doctoral qualification accredited by the UK's Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Course's overarching aim is to train independently minded, scientifically-oriented and compassionate clinicians who are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and capable of taking a leadership role in health services at home or abroad. 

The UCL Course is at the forefront of many of the national and local developments and innovations which impact on the profession, and many members of staff are closely involved in NHS planning at both national and local level. We aim to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective clinical practitioners and leaders in a rapidly changing NHS. The Course has an explicitly pluralistic ethos and exposes trainees to a variety of approaches. We also prepare trainees for systemic leadership, engaging with policy and work aimed at the prevention of psychological difficulties. The Course is designed to help trainees develop their understanding of how social and cultural factors influence ill-health, disability and access to help, so they can contribute to making services more accessible and inclusive. We are actively looking to make clinical psychology a more diverse profession and expect trainees to share the Course’s anti-discriminatory ethos.

The course is three years in length and consists of a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences running alongside a series of six placements based in clinical services in and around London. The academic programme is delivered by a highly experienced team of clinical psychologists, many of whom are world-leaders in their academic and clinical fields. The clinical placements provide trainees with opportunities to develop their skills under experienced supervision in a wide variety of contexts, using a broad range of models, and with a wide spectrum of clients.

As a course that is based in one of the world's top research-intensive universities, UCL trainees have the opportunity to conduct high-quality research under the supervision of leading scientists and practitioners in the field.