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Assessment

The DClinPsy course has four examined components: 1) 3 clinical reports and 1 service-related 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

Submission Deadlines
 

Course Submission Deadlines and Exam Dates 2021-22

2021 INTAKE

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

DATE RETURNED

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

2020 INTAKE

  
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

2019 INTAKE

  
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

2018 INTAKE

  
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

 

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 Project click here

For information on submission, marking, passing and failing of clinical reports and service related project click here

Sample past DClinPsy clinical reports can be accessed in the Moodle 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.)

 

 

 

Clinical Report - Forms
Exams

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

paper 1

stats exam data files 1

paper 2

Stats Exam Data Files 2

Plagiarism

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

Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances

In certain exceptional circumstances, trainees may need to request an extension to a submission deadline, or highlight extenuating circumstances that have affected their performance or ability to meet a deadline. This flowchart provides an overview of relevant procedures. Further details are provided below. Trainees should contact their course tutors to discuss extensions and exceptional circumstances at the earliest opportunity, and course tutors will be able to provide further guidance.

CLINICAL REPORTS AND SERVICE-RELATED PROJECTS

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 trainee’s course tutor. Extensions may be requested on the grounds of extenuating personal circumstances, or placement-related barriers. Further information on extenuating circumstances for Clinical Report / SRP submissions can be found in Section 25 of the handbook.

The usual grounds for an extension on the basis of extenuating circumstances 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. An extension on the basis of placement barriers would be considered if there are practical issues that prevent a report from being completed, including for example situations where a crucial session for the report has been unavoidably postponed until after the submission deadline.

Extensions of up to one week are negotiated through discussion with course tutors, who will then notify the Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners (Will Mandy). Specific detail pertaining to the request will be kept between the trainee and their tutor.

Extensions longer than one week are also negotiated with course tutors, who will need to pass relevant forms to the Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners (Will Mandy) who is empowered to make the decision.

EXAMS

If trainees know in advance that significant circumstances might seriously impact on their ability to sit an exam, they should contact their course tutor or Will Mandy as soon as possible.

If extenuating circumstances took effect suddenly and unpredictably, trainees should contact the course as soon as possible and arrange to meet with their course tutor to discuss a formal extenuating circumstances procedure after the exam.

THESIS OR CLINICAL VIVAS

If a trainee requires an extension to their thesis submission date or clinical viva owing to exceptional personal circumstances, they should discuss this at the earliest opportunity with their thesis supervisor and follow the guidance here (link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/clinical-psychology-doctorate/extensions-and-deferrals

Assessment Regulations

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology has four examined components (case reports/service related project, 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

Clinical Reports: Guidance and Marking

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

For information on the Service Related Project click here

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

Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances

In certain exceptional circumstances, trainees may need to request an extension to a submission deadline, or highlight extenuating circumstances that have affected their performance or ability to meet a deadline. This flowchart provides an overview of relevant procedures. Further details are provided below.

CLINICAL REPORTS AND SERVICE-RELATED PROJECTS

Under exceptional circumstances, an extension to the date by which work must be handed in can be negotiated. Trainees are advised to contact their course tutor at the earliest opportunity. Extensions may be requested on the grounds of extenuating personal circumstances, or placement-related barriers. Further information on extenuating circumstances for Clinical Report / SRP submissions can be found in Section 25 of the handbook.

The usual grounds for an extension on the basis of extenuating circumstances 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. An extension on the basis of placement barriers would be considered if there are practical issues that prevent a report from being completed, including for example situations where a crucial session for the report has been unavoidably postponed until after the submission deadline.

Extensions of up to one week: Course tutors negotiate extensions of up to one week, and specific details pertaining to the request should be kept between the trainee and tutor. Tutors should then notify the Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners (Will Mandy), copying in Sharinjeet Dhiman.

Extensions longer than one week: Requests for longer extensions are also negotiated with the course tutor. If the reason for the request relates to extenuating personal circumstances, tutors should discuss and then advise the trainee to complete the Extenuating Circumstances Form. If the reason relates to service barriers, the trainee should complete the Request to Defer Clinical Report Form. The tutor should send the completed form to the Deputy Chair of the Board of Examiners (Will Mandy), who will then inform the tutor of the decision, copying in Sharinjeet Dhiman. The course tutor should then inform the trainee of the outcome.

Exam Marking
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