University of Bath

University of Bath

Clinical Psychology

The programme is committed to an evidence based and empirically grounded ethos, whilst at the same time encouraging qualities such as reflection, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and leadership. Graduates will develop the ability to form meaningful and productive connections with a wide range of vulnerable people and to always act in their best interests. The willingness and capacity to develop and manage these connections in clinical, research and other roles is crucially dependent, amongst other things, on important personal qualities, values and beliefs that trainees are expected to bring to training and develop further. The aim of the course is to encourage the development of highly capable 'scientist practitioners'. It emphasises a clear understanding of how psychological theory can be applied to practice (and vice versa) through paying close attention to the processes, strategies and techniques in the work of clinical psychology. An explicit feature of this approach is the recognition that excellent practitioners will be able to skilfully integrate the scientific basis of clinical psychology ('clinical science') with reflective practice and personally / socially / culturally adapted approaches ('clinical art'). This type of development requires a thoughtful and collaborative relationship between trainees, programme staff and placement supervisors. Learning, teaching and training is largely 'research led'. In clinical practice this will mean a primary focus on approaches that draw on cognitive, systemic, behavioural, mentalisation, interpersonal and other models where there is demonstrable or emerging evidence of their clinical effectiveness. Trainees will not only become skilled in the use of evidence-based approaches but will also contribute to the evidence base.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Professional doctorate Full-time October 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Bath Bath BA2 7AY South West

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Postgraduate Administrator for Research Programmes
Telephone number: 
01225 385506