Postgraduate Taught

Clinical Psychology

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There’s a huge demand for qualified Clinical Psychologists across the country – our graduates do on to a broad range of roles in the profession.
Your time will be split between academic study and clinical placements. You’ll earn while you train too, as a full-time NHS employee.
Our teaching team includes research-active academics and practising psychologists – for learning that’s grounded in clinical practice.
This programme is a unique chance to study a Clinical Psychology Doctorate without needing to take time out to gain work or voluntary experience after your BSc Psychology.
Aaron Hall, Psychology student
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This unique programme is an exclusive opportunity for BSc Psychology students at the universities of Hull and York to fast track their clinical psychology career, with their fees paid for them, and earning a salary while they train.

So, unlike other universities, you don't need to take one or two years out after your degree to gain employment or voluntary experience before applying for doctorate in clinical psychology.

As long as you’ve successfully completed specialist clinical psychology modules in the third year of your psychology degree at Hull or York universities, you can apply.

  • Earn while you learn

    employed by the NHS on this fully-funded course 1

  • Accredited

    by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Fast-track

    to a Clinical Psychology career 1

  • Approved

    by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Only programme of its kind

    in the UK

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About this course

Your week will be split between training on clinical placement over three days, and two days a week in academic teaching and research work.

Over a total of six placements, you’ll work across a range of teams and healthcare settings. You’ll work directly with clients and their families, under the supervision of qualified and experienced clinical psychologists. Working holistically, you’ll liaise with the teams and other professionals who are supporting clients.

You’ll develop psychological assessment and intervention skills, learn how to evaluate psychological services and outcomes, and build your research skills with your own project. You’ll also learn how to write papers for publication.

Employed by the NHS as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist, you’ll earn a salary and have your fees paid1. You’ll also get the same benefits as other members of NHS staff including a pension and access to the full range of wellbeing and continuous professional development support.1

The programme is accredited by the BPS, so when you graduate you can apply for Chartered Membership. It’s also HCPC approved. So you can apply to register to practise as a clinical psychologist after you’ve graduated.

Choose your modules

The Doctorate is a full time, three year programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for your own learning – with guidance and supervision – and you will have many opportunities to learn from and with your fellow trainees.

The Doctorate includes the following:

  • Much of your teaching will be by NHS clinical psychologists, so your learning will be grounded in clinical practice.
  • You will spend three days of each week on placement in a range of teams and health settings and two days a week on academic teaching and research work at the University of Hull.
  • You will be working both directly with clients and their families and also with teams and other professionals who are supporting clients, under the supervision of qualified and experienced clinical psychologists.
  • As a full time employee of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust you will have the same benefits and responsibilities as other members of staff.

It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using the protected title “Clinical Psychologist” is on the HCPC Register. The Hull Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course has full approval from the HCPC. Successful completion of this Course provides eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC.

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

Typical offer
2:1 in relevant subject area

The Doctorate is only open to applications from students in the third year of the BSc Psychology at the University of Hull and the University of York. 

Additional entry requirements for this course

As the Doctorate is funded by the NHS, to apply you must be from the UK or have the right to work in the UK under the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) without restriction.

All applicants must have successfully completed specialist clinical psychology modules in their third year of the BSc Psychology course and graduated with a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree. In the Hull undergraduate programme, around 30 – 40 students are selected for the clinical modules running in the third year. Selection for these modules takes place towards the end of semester two in the second year of the undergraduate course.

Applicants are not required to have lengthy pre-training clinical experience. However, we do expect to see evidence of commitment to clinical psychology, such as voluntary work or other experience with vulnerable people.

Selection for the postgraduate course takes place in the second semester of the third year of the undergraduate course. The selection process includes an interview with clinical psychologists, an interview with a person who has lived experience of psychological difficulties and receiving help, and references from academic staff and from relevant work settings.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust acts as the employer (Hosting Trust) for trainees on the Hull Clinical Psychology course. Successful candidates will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and health check before beginning the programme, details will be provided to successful applicants. Trainees are required to have vaccinations and occupational health assessments as required by the employer.

What do I need?

Typical offer
2:1 in relevant subject area

The Doctorate is only open to applications from students in the third year of the BSc Psychology at the University of Hull and the University of York. 

Additional entry requirements for this course

As the Doctorate is funded by the NHS, to apply you must be from the UK or have the right to work in the UK under the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) without restriction.

All applicants must have successfully completed specialist clinical psychology modules in their third year of the BSc Psychology course and graduated with a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree. In the Hull undergraduate programme, around 30 – 40 students are selected for the clinical modules running in the third year. Selection for these modules takes place towards the end of semester two in the second year of the undergraduate course.

Applicants are not required to have lengthy pre-training clinical experience. However, we do expect to see evidence of commitment to clinical psychology, such as voluntary work or other experience with vulnerable people.

Selection for the postgraduate course takes place in the second semester of the third year of the undergraduate course. The selection process includes an interview with clinical psychologists, an interview with a person who has lived experience of psychological difficulties and receiving help, and references from academic staff and from relevant work settings.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust acts as the employer (Hosting Trust) for trainees on the Hull Clinical Psychology course. Successful candidates will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and health check before beginning the programme, details will be provided to successful applicants. Trainees are required to have vaccinations and occupational health assessments as required by the employer.

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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As the Doctorate is funded by the NHS, to apply you must be from the UK or have the right to work in the UK under the EU settlement scheme (EUSS) without restriction.

Fees & funding

How much is it?

The National Health Service (NHS) currently provides the funding for most of the places on clinical psychology courses. People accepted on these NHS funded places are currently employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. Please see the NHS Health Careers website for more information about NHS pay and benefits. Course fees are usually paid by the NHS.

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PCs on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Allam Medical Building

Your taught programme includes full and half-day workshops, some of which will take place in our award-winning Allam Medical Building – the heart of our £28 million Health Campus.

Clinical Placement Facilities

Our strong links with the NHS and other healthcare organisations give you the chance to take a range of different clinical placements where you’ll work directly with clients in fantastic facilities.

Brynmor Jones Library

Our seven-storey library is a superb learning space. As well as over a million books, there’s a variety of study areas, and one amazing view.

Open-access PCs

You’ll find over 400 open-access PCs at your disposal in our library. As well as over 70 laptops available to borrow.

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Future prospects

There’s a strong demand for qualified clinical psychologists across the UK and this programme is a unique opportunity to enter the profession early.

Clinical psychologists work with a range of clients from children, young people and their families, to adults with mental health challenges, injuries, chronic ill-health and disabilities. And within a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, health centres and community teams.

Our graduates go on to a range of careers within the field including one-to-one psychological therapy, teaching and training, consultancy, forensic clinical psychology, service evaluation, research, supervision and clinical psychology leadership roles.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

Make your application online now, and our admissions team will get back to you as soon as possible to make you an offer.

Not ready to apply?

We regularly deliver virtual and on-campus events to help you discover your perfect postgraduate course, whether it’s a subject you already love or something completely different. Our events are an opportunity for you to chat to tutors and current students and find out about the career options a postgraduate degree could lead to.

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  1. The National Health Service (NHS) currently provides the funding for most of the places on clinical psychology courses. People accepted on these NHS-funded places are currently employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. The starting salary is at the bottom of Band 6 on the Agenda for Change pay scale (please NHS Health Careers website for more information about NHS pay and benefits). Course fees are usually paid by the NHS.

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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