Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

Research Students TalkingThe School of Psychology is recognised internationally for its high quality research, investment in teaching, and commitment to the dissemination of psychological science to real world contexts.

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) programme aims to enhance the psychological health of the community and the delivery of NHS healthcare services generally by training skilled and autonomous clinical psychologists.


This is a fully accredited three-year full-time professional training course to prepare you to work independently as a qualified clinical psychologist.

The qualification is recognised by the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council.

Like other courses of its kind it involves:

  • academic teaching
  • clinical experience in a range of local clinical settings
  • completion of a research project

Teaching Strands

The course covers the nature of psychological difficulties and problems encountered in a wide range of health settings as well as their assessment and psychological treatment.

There are six academic teaching "strands". The strand structure aims to facilitate clinical psychology training based on 'competences' in line with the BPS accreditation criteria for clinical psychology courses.

The teaching strands comprise:

  • Clinical Problems Across the Lifespan
  • Clinical Skills
  • Theoretical Models
  • Research
  • Personal and Professional Skills
  • Service Delivery and Organisation

Assessment is continuous based on practice placement evaluations and various forms of submitted work which include essays, clinical case reports, video assignments, reports of small-scale project work, online tests of knowledge, and a clinical viva involving the oral presentation of a clinical case.

All students also have to complete a thesis based on an empirical piece of clinically related research. Publications are expected from coursework submitted.

Entry Requirements and Applications

Entry to this three year degree is in October each year and is highly competitive. Entry is restricted to those holding qualifications in psychology giving Graduate Basis for Chartership of the British Psychological Society.

Applicants must also have the equivalent of one-year's full-time paid experience in a work situation which has brought you into contact with one or more client groups with whom clinical psychologists work.

All applications are dealt with through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology at the University of Leeds - please do not apply directly to the University of Leicester.

If you have any questions about the DClinPsy, please contact Pamela Sawyer (DClinPsy Course Administrator):

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