UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology



The DClinPsy course has four examined components: 1) 3 clinical 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.


Clinical 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 clinical 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 clinical reports and service related research reports click here

Sample past DClinPsy clinical reports can be accessed in the Moodel tab 'Clinical Report and Thesis Submission', or directly from here 

(The heading 'Clinical Report Examples' takes you to a page with sample reports for all CR formats.)


Submission Deadlines

Course Submission Deadlines and Exam Dates 2021-22




Clinical Report 127 January 20223 March 2022
Clinical Report 228 April 20229 June 2022
Research Statement of Intent05 May 2022n/a
Research Proposal07 October 2022n/a
Exam Paper 1(tbc by exams section)TBC
Exam Paper 2 (tbc by exams section)TBC


Research Proposal08 October 2021n/a
Clinical Report 312 November 202121 December 2021
Research Expense Proposal18 February 2022n/a
1st Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal11 February 2022n/a
Exam Paper 3 (tbc by exams section)TBC
Exam Paper 4  (tbc by exams section)TBC
2nd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal08 July 2022n/a
Literature Review25 November 2022n/a


Literature Review26 November 2021n/a
Clinical Report 415 October 20213 December 2021
3rd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal28 January 2022n/a
Thesis Title/Abstract04 March 2022n/a
Thesis Submission 17 June 2022n/a
Vivas08 & 09 September 2022n/a


Literature Review27 November 2020n/a
Clinical Report 509 October 202020 November 2020
3rd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal29 January 2021n/a
Thesis Title/Abstract05 March 2021n/a
Thesis Submission 18 June 2021n/a
Vivas09 & 10 September 2021n/a

For Clinical Placement Deadlines, Please Click Here




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

Examination information can be found here

Details on passing and failing examinations

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

Year 1
Paper 1   Please see Portico for exam details
Paper 2    Please see Portico for exam details

Year 2
Paper 3   Please see Portico for exam details
Paper 4   TBC - 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

CLINICAL Reports/Service Related Research Project

Guidance on Extenuating Circumstances for Clinical 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.


Clinical Report Guidelines

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

For information on the Service Related Research Report click here

Clinical Report Marking

For details of marking, passing and failing clinical 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 Clinical 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 clinical report deadlines (if the Request to Refer Clinical 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