University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological wellbeing. This means working with individuals, couples and families presenting with mild to severe and enduring difficulties; this can be within the community mental or physical health contexts; they work with people throughout their lifespan and with those with learning disabilities. The programme provides professional clinical psychology training based on a coherent synthesis of psychological theory, research and practice; it integrates 3 elements: Academic: A comprehensive review of the major academic areas of clinical psychology; research: The development of theoretical and research skills, generating novel research, development and evaluation of all aspects of clinical practice; clinical: High-quality training in clinical skills.

Entry requirements

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS; a minimum of a 2.1 degree in psychology is typically required; at least 9 months� (whole time equivalent) sustained, recent experience in clinically related areas. As the programme is training professionals for the NHS, we cannot accept applications from non-EU countries. Entry to this programme is conditional on a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS). Applicants are required to hold a current, valid UK driving licence and have access to transport for work purposes. Students whose 1st language is not English will require an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in each individual component (or equivalent qualification).

Course modules

Teaching units: Building a therapeutic alliance; complex psychological presentations and evidence based interventions; leadership and organisational issues; neuropsychology; personal and professional development; professional practice; research methods; the social context of clinical psychology; therapeutic models and processes � attachment theory; therapeutic models and processes � cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) (foundation); therapeutic models and processes � systemic approaches (foundation); adults in later life; children, young people and families; people with learning disabilities. In ear 2 the trainees have placement experience and supervised practice within two of the following three settings: child and family; learning disabilities; and older people services. The placements are for 6 months each, with the trainees being on placement for 2 and a half days each week, with half a day for private study and 2 days at the University for teaching and research. Placement experience within the 3rd year is currently configured such that the trainees are on 2 6-month placements for 2 and a half days each week - usually a specialist placement of the trainee�s choice, and an older adult, child and family, or learning disability placement (the choice depends on what the trainee has undertaken in the 2nd year).

Assessment methods

Assesment methods may include: Research proposals; reports; clinical assessments; presentations; viva voce examinations; literature reviews.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PsychD Full-time - 36 months

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