Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Clinical Psychology

The programme trains psychology graduates to become clinical psychologists, eligible to be chartered by the British Psychological Society. This qualification allows successful candidates to be employed, usually by the NHS, as practicing clinical psychologists. During year 1 trainees are expected to gain experience working with adults across a whole range of potential specialities and to build up core clinical and therapeutic skills. All clinical experience is supervised, and whilst each trainee have a named main supervisor she/he may well receive supervision from other supervisors across the year. The academic programme parallels the clinical experience such that the teaching focuses on working with adults in different contexts and develops core clinical skills across a number of therapeutic approaches. Year 2 involves gaining experience within services for children and adolescents, and people with learning disabilities, this involves working with a wider range of clients and with other services and multidisciplinary teams. During this year the academic programme focuses on the development of advanced clinical competencies in working with families and systems. In year 3 trainees move again to develop more experience working with older people and gaining supplementary specialist experience. The focus lies on the development of more advanced clinical competencies and further development of skills in relation to working with teams and organisations; the academic programme in year 3 complements these developments with teaching on working with older people and on more specialist, integrative and advanced topics. Various teaching pathways have been introduced in the 3rd year, which allow trainees to choose between a range of teaching options which may include options that focus on the development of particular specialist skills in a chosen therapeutic modality (e.g. CBT) or in teaching that focuses on specialist areas (such as consultancy).

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class degree in psychology is required. If candidates have an undergraduate degree in another subject, candidates must have completed an accredited conversion qualification in psychology.

Assessment methods

The programme uses a continuous assessment system, which includes the formal assessment of clinical, research and academic competence. In addition to successfully undertaking clinical placements, trainees must also pass a number of academic submissions: 6 evaluations of clinical competence (formally completed by Clinical Supervisors on the placement), 1 clinical portfolio which consists of 2 assessments a) evidence for intervention review and b) basic therapeutic and professional skills assessment, which includes a tape and a transcript of a therapeutic session followed by a clinical viva, 3 professional practice reports demonstrating trainees� clinical competencies across a range of client groups, 1 quality improvement project, 1 team policy report and group presentation, 1 critical review of research literature and a major research project (comprising a literature review, a research report submitted in journal format, and a critical appraisal).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
DClinPsy Full-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Salomons Campus Tonbridge TN3 0TG South East

Key information

Admissions Department (Postgraduate Admissions)
Telephone number: 
01227 782900