UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


Criteria for Entry

International applicants to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course will be subject to the same rigorous selection procedures as current home fee applicants. This will ensure maintenance of the standards of excellence for which clinical psychology trainees at UCL are renowned.

Academic requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Psychology which includes as substantive period of study in psychology. Degrees awarded outside of the UK will need to be assessed for eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the BPS.

The minimal requirement for entry onto the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the equivalent of a high upper second class degree in psychology. Candidates usually need to have some experience of undertaking research.

Proficiency in English

If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate a 'good level' of proficiency in both written and spoken English by undertaking an English Language Qualification accepted by UCL for graduate study. Please pay careful attention to the evidence required to demonstrate proficiency. For more details of qualifications accepted and criteria for a 'good level' of English, please click here.

Relevant experience

Candidates need some direct experience of work with the sort of clients seen by Clinical Psychologists. Relevant experience can include work in mental health services within the public, private, voluntary or academic sectors.  This is expected to include regular contact with patients. As a rule of thumb, the equivalent of at least one year of full-time relevant experience is usually expected. Unless the work involved direct psychological helping, experience in a research setting is not usually considered sufficient.

The purpose of such experience is for candidates to have a realistic idea of working practices within mental health services. Whatever the nature of the experience, it is expected that candidates should be able to apply psychological theory in clinical settings.