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 1 30 January 2020 28 February 2020 Case Report 2 30 April 2020 12 June 2020 Research Statement of Intent 07 May 2020 n/a Exam Paper 1 26 May 2020 (tbc by exams section) TBC Exam Paper 2 27 May 2020 (tbc by exams section) TBC
Research Proposal 03 October 2019 n/a Case Report 3 06 November 2019 13 December 2019 Research Expense Proposal 07 February 2020 n/a 1st Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal 14 February 2020 n/a Case Report 4 21 February 2020 01 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 Appraisal 11 July 2020 n/a
Literature Review 22 November 2019 n/a Case Report 5 11 October 2019 15 November 2019 3rd Research Progress Review & Supervisor Appraisal 31 January 2020 n/a Thesis Title/Abstract 05 March 2020 n/a Thesis Submission 19 June 2020 n/a Vivas 10 & 11 September 2020 n/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
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.
Times, location and candidate ID will be confirmed by UCL Exams Section via Portico
Paper 1 29th May 2019 (Provisional - TBC by Exams Section)
Paper 2 31st May 2019 (Provisional - TBC by Exams Section)
Paper 3 29th May 2019 (Provisional - TBC by Exams Section)
Paper 4 31st May 2019 (Provisional - TBC by Exams Section)
Past Exam Papers
The structure of Paper 3 was changed from 2018 - this now has a structured format of short notes similar to Paper 1 (no essay as in past years) .
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 structure of Paper 3 and the fact that they will not be asked to write an essay as part of the exam.
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.
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
- 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.
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. 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.
- Guidance and Forms for Thesis and Clinical Viva Examinations
This section contains password protected access for staff examining trainee theses and clinical vivas.
- Guidelines for internal examiners
- Guidelines for external examiners
- Internal examiner preliminary thesis report form
- External examiner preliminary thesis report form
- Joint thesis report form