University of Exeter
This programme prepares trainees for work as clinical psychologists in the National Health Service (NHS). The programme is regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). On successful completion of the course trainees are able to apply for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HPC in order to practice. In addition successful completion of the 3 year programme confers eligibility for chartered clinical psychologist status with the BPS. Those who join the programme are registered as University postgraduate research students and trainee psychologists, working with an NHS contract in the South West of England. The Exeter DClinPsy programme is based on a reflective scientist practitioner model. As such, it draws on the research/evidence-base to inform clinical activities. This approach is reflected in each of the 3 modules. The critical role of research evidence as a unifying perspective for research experiences and clinical activities is viewed as a fundamental aspect of the programme. This integration is achieved through course work, research and clinical activities and the latter 2 experiences are achieved by close working relationships with selected faculty members. This 'learning by doing' approach benefits students by continuously involving them in active research projects as well as supervised clinical practice.
In general applicants are expected to have a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in Psychology. Candidates must have also obtained the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, usually through completing an accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology or by taking the British Psychological Society qualifying exam.
The programme consists of clinical, academic and research modules which span the 3 years.
Progression through the doctorate requires successful completion of continuously assessed tasks which are coordinated across the 3 modules to ensure a reasonable workload. These are supplemented with a number of formatively assessed assignments.
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