UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology



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Why study this programme at UCL? 

UCL is one of the world's leading multi-disciplinary universities. As a true academic powerhouse, UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top universities worldwide.

UCL has a global reach. Students from over 150 countries are studying at UCL with nearly 50% of graduate students coming from outside the UK. UCL's mission is to disseminate original knowledge to benefit the world of the future through global initiatives. With this in mind we are taking the lead in making available a rigorous state-of-the-art clinical psychology doctoral training to appropriately qualified overseas candidates.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is situated within UCL Psychology and Language Sciences which undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour and language. Our academic staffs are world renowned for their research on psychotherapy outcomes, psychoanalysis, attachment, psychopharmacology and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Our aim is to enable Clinical Psychologist to make significant contributions to developing services for the treatment and prevention of the full range of mental health problems. UCL's initiative will support internationalisation in the area of mental health care by training clinicians to deliver effective, evidence-based practice in newly emerging clinical psychology services overseas.

The programme

Two overarching frameworks form the basis of the curriculum: developmental psychopathology and a bio-psychosocial model. By paying attention to biological, psychological, environmental and social factors, teaching aims to chart the diverse pathways that may contribute to the development of psychological difficulties, or conversely optimal functioning.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are used including didactic lectures, small group work, experiential sessions, a range of seminars, masterclasses, conferences and self-directed learning.

The curriculum is reviewed every year to ensure it remains relevant to current practice.

In addition to training in the main psychotherapeutic modalities (psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural) applied across the lifespan and ability range, trainees also receive training in research methods and carry out a major piece of research in clinical psychology, a significant proportion of which are published in peer-reviewed international academic journals.