University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Clinical Psychology

The programme consists of an academic and research taught and experiential component with associated workshops to support the integration of the research knowledge. Clinical skills are taught at the University as well as on health and social care practice placements. Half the time is spent on the academic and research elements of the programme, including some self-directed study time, with the remaining time being spent acquiring professional and clinical skills. The Surrey approach is to provide an applied psychology training that has an integrative basis for practice combining pan-theoretical psychological models with psychotherapeutic practice. Time is spent both clinically and academically addressing the integration of theory and practice. In clinical practice this is undertaken in supervision, within the university environment a number of learning experiences have been developed to provide opportunities to link theory with practice and to reflect on this process, e.g. skills groups and the personal and professional learning discussion groups, which are further supported by meetings with tutors and mentors. There is a series of lectures and workshops, grouped together in teaching units, which provide the theoretical context for understanding the presenting clinical or organisational issues or dilemmas. As the Programme is a degree by research, all academic assignments need to be individually passed at D level with a viva voce examination of the major research element of the training. All the clinical placements need to be passed. There are no compensatory systems in place. The time distribution for academic / research work and clinical skill development has formally been set by the BPS to ensure that there is sufficient time to integrate the two aspects of the course. At Surrey, the philosophy is to support the trainees' considering themselves as applied scientists within the domain of clinical psychology who innovate and generate impact and not just as practitioners who consume research.

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 nine 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), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB). Applicants are required to hold a current, valid UK driving licence and have access to transport for work purposes. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 7.0; IELTS minimum by component: 6.5.

Course modules

Year 1 teaching units: 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 - CBT (foundation); therapeutic models and processes - systemic approaches (foundation). Year 2 teaching units: Adults in later life; children, young people and families; people with learning disabilities; personal and professional development; professional practice; therapeutic models and processes - CBT (foundation); therapeutic models and processes - psychodynamic approaches; therapeutic models and processes - systemic approaches (foundation); neuropsychology; research methods; leadership and organisational issues. Year 3 teaching units: long term conditions; leadership and organisational issues; neuropsychology; complex psychological presentations and evidence based interventions; personal and professional development; research methods; therapeutic models and processes - attachment theory.

Sponsorship information

NHS funding is available to UK/EU postgraduate students who meet NHS funding requirements, so these students would therefore not be personally liable for payment of tuition fees. No self-funding applicants can be considered.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PsychD Full-time September 2017 - 36 months

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