Ph. D. Clinical Psychology DClinPsychol (Professional Doctorate)

The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
An applied training programme which entitles graduates to apply for registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.



The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Edinburgh is offered 3 years full time or as a 4-5 years flexible training programme covering advanced academic work, clinical skills training, a research thesis and supervised clinical practice placements.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the longest established programmes in the UK, having first started in 1959. It offers a wide range of teaching and clinical placements with trainees being attached to one of eleven possible health boards throughout Scotland.

The Core Philosophy of the Programme is that trainees should be highly competent practitioners using psychological interventions across a variety of settings. Teaching and supervision is provided in a range of approaches with a range of client groups.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee

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Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Project Type Open
Educational Form Academic, Professional

Course Content


The core purpose of the clinical psychology training programme is to train clinical psychologists to doctorate level.

This allows trainees to impart the range of competences necessary to become eligible for chartered status within the British Psychological Society and to become an HPC registered Practitioner Psychologist/ Clinical Psychologist.

The Programme provides sufficient experiences to equip trainees with the skills, knowledge and core values of the profession to work effectively within the NHS with a range of clients and in different settings using various psychological interventions.


Throughout the course, each trainee will be based in the NHS area that has selected them, and the majority of the clinical placements will be carried out in that area, while academic blocks are normally held in Edinburgh.

Teaching is structured in six blocks rather than terms, spaced through the years of training and interspersed with placements in linked areas.

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

More Information


The Programme is a partnership between the University, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and a number of NHS Boards in Scotland. Trainees are all employed by NES via NHS Boards as Trainee Clinical Psychologists on full-time contracts for the duration of their training as well as being registered as postgraduate students with the University.

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