UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology



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.


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 2019-20




Case Report 130 January 202028 February 2020
Case Report 230 April 202012 June 2020
Research Statement of Intent07 May 2020n/a
Exam Paper 1 26 May 2020 (tbc by exams section)TBC
Exam Paper 227 May 2020 (tbc by exams section)TBC


Research Proposal09 October 2020n/a
Case Report 306 November 201913 December 2019
Research Expense Proposal07 February 2020n/a
1st Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal14 February 2020n/a
Case Report 4 21 February 202001 May 2020
Exam Paper 3 26 May 2020 (tbc by exams section)TBC
Exam Paper 4 29 May 2020 (tbc by exams section)TBC
2nd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal11 July 2020n/a


Literature Review22 November 2019n/a
Case Report 511 October 201915 November 2019
3rd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal31 January 2020n/a
Thesis Title/Abstract06 March 2020n/a
Thesis Submission 19 June 2020n/a
Vivas10 & 11 September 2020n/a

For Clinical Placement Deadlines, Please Click Here

Client Consent Form: Case Report Procedures
Supervisors Form: Confirmation of Case Report Details

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

2018 Intake
Paper 1   Please see Portico for exam details
Paper 2    Please see Portico for exam details

2017 Intake
Paper 3   Please see Portico for exam details
Paper 4   24th June 2020 (24 hours) - paper is not set via the exams office and all communiation will be via course and not Portico

Past Exam Papers

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Statistics Papers



Stats Exam Data Files


Plagiarism refers to passing off someone else's work as your own. It is a serious offence with potentially serious consequences.

UCL guidelines on plagiarism can be viewed here

Extenuating Circumstances

It is no longer possible for students to apply for extenuating circumstances to be taken into account in advance of taking an examination.  If you know in advance that you may not be well enough, or other significant circumstances might seriously impact on your exam performance, then you are encouraged to consider applying to defer the exam (an option that should be discussed with the Course Tutor, and that we hope would only rarely occur).

If this applies to you, please arrange to meet your tutor as soon as possible, or contact Pasco Fearon. If an extenuating circumstance took effect suddenly and unpredictably then it is possible to submit an EC form after the examination has taken place - further information can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/srs/academic-manual/c4/extenuating-circumstances/consideration#top.

Extenuating Circumstances Form

Case Reports/Service Related Research Project

Guidance on Extenuating Circumstances for Case Report/SRRP submissions are found in Section 25 of the Course Handbook

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.


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 

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. Full guidance can be found in Section 25 of the Course Handbook.

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 (Pasco Fearon; p.fearon@ucl.ac.uk, 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 (and relevant form) to the Chair of the Board of Examiners (Pasco Fearon; p.fearon@ucl.ac.uk), who is empowered to make this decision. The trainee will be required to put the request in writing using either the Exentuating Circumstances Form or the Request to Defer Case Report Submission form (both found on the 'Useful Forms' section of the course website). 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 (if the Request to Refer Case Report Submission form is not appropriate).

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. Internal examiner preliminary thesis report form
  4. External examiner preliminary thesis report form
  5. Joint thesis report form

Clinical Vivas

  1. Guidelines for examiners
  2. Joint viva report form


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