UCL Doctorate In Clinical Psychology


Trainee Research


Trainees carry out their major research project over the three years of the course. They also do a small piece of service-related research in their first year. 

This part of the website provides access to research-related resources, for both trainees and their supervisors.

Members of the public, and also UCL students and staff, are invited to participate in projects currently recruiting participants.



Guidelines for the Major Research Project

The following link will take you to the research guidelines in the training handbook

> Major research project guidelines

Writing the Proposal

This gives a guide to what goes in the research proposal, which is prepared in the summer of the first year.

Guidelines for writing the research proposal

Research Governance

This is a checklist of what you need to do after your research plan is finalised, before the study gets underway. It covers ethics, sponsorship, R&D registration, data protection, and health and safety risk assessment.

> Research Governance Checklist

Obtaining Funding for Research

This document explains how to access additional funds for the major research project. Contents include: Departmental support; Possible types of expenditure; Expenditure not usually funded through the Department; External funds; Examples of costings; Copy of research expenses form.

>Obtaining funding for research

Submitting the Title and Abstract

The thesis title and abstract needs to be submitted in the second term of the third year, to enable assignment of internal and external examiners.

>Submission of Thesis Title and Abstract

Literature Review

This document gives detailed guidance on the literature review.

Literature Review

Research Log

This document gives detailed guidance on the literature review.

Research Log

Writing and Presenting the Thesis

This document gives detailed guidance on writing up and presenting each part of the thesis.

>Writing and Presenting the Thesis

Joint Theses

This document outlines the procedures for trainees who are doing a joint thesis.

>Joint theses

Extension and deferrals

What to do in the unlikely event that you will not be submitting your thesis on time.

>Extension and deferrals

Criteria for Evaluating the Thesis

This document specifies the criteria that the examiners use to evaluate the thesis

> Evaluating the thesis

The Service-Related Project

The link below takes you to the section of the training handbook on the SRP

(Note that the project has recently been renamed as the "service-related project", but the old name of "service-related research project" may still be found in course documentation.)

> Service-related project guidelines



Past Research Projects
Completed theses

> Full list of DClinPsy theses (doc)

Service-Related Research projects can be found under Trainee Intranet tab due to confidentiality issues.

List of Trainee Publications

This is a list of all known publications arising from the theses of trainees on the UCL DClinPsy (and its predecessor MSc) up to 2022.

> Publication list (doc)

Test Library

The DClinPsy course has a comprehensive test library. Please let the Research Administrator know if you have any suggestions for additional items.

Test are available for reference or short-term loan to course staff and trainees. To borrow a test, please see the Research Administrator in the General Office. The loans procedure is set out in the test library policy document.

Many thanks to the UCL Friends Programme and to NHS London for grants which have enabled us to expand the Test Library's resources.

Trainee Book Library

Catalogue of books held (doc)

If you'd like to borrow a book, please see the academic adminstrator in Rm 436 (up to 3 books may be borrowed for a maximum of 7 days).

> Catalogue of books heldIf you'd like to borrow a book, please see the academic adminstrator in Rm 436 (up to 3 books may be borrowed for a maximum of 7 days).

Research Project File

This file is held in the General Office, and holds information under the following headings:

Section 1Sample D.Clin.Psy. research project proposals (used with permission)
Section 2

Department Resources 

Test Library: List of current "stock" held. 

Trainee Book Library: index of books held 

Educational Psychology's Resource Guide (for child tests/measures)


Here are some forms related to the Major Research Project. For guidance on which ones to use and how to complete them, please consult the relevant course document, e.g. the Research Governance Checklist. Note that some forms cannot be listed here, either because they need to be completed online on a separate website, or because there's no electronic version available.

Getting started

Research Proposal Form

Risk Assessment Form

Participant Payment Form

Experts by Experience Consultation Request Form

Consultant Payment Form

Prior to submission

Thesis Declaration Form

Thesis Submission Extensions Form

Thesis Submission Deferrals Form