The School of Psychology at the University of Surrey is one of the most active and highly regarded psychology departments in the UK. We specialise in applied and policy-oriented teaching and research with a strong theoretical context. We’re at the cutting edge of psychology research, and have been the focus for many cross-national studies. We’ve received funding from many research councils, as well as local and national government.
We offer excellent graduate employment prospects, and are one of the biggest psychology postgraduate training schools in the country.
Our PsychD Clinical Psychology offers a combination of opportunities that’s hard to match elsewhere. You’ll get training that combines theory and methods, as well as experience of contemporary clinical psychology practice.
This course puts special emphasis on psychological practice, and will prepare you for a career as a professional psychologist. Completing our PsychD Clinical Psychology will make you eligible to register with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
You’ll be supervised by clinicians who are experts in the field, and benefit from the expertise of research active staff.
Our PsychD in Clinical Psychology is a three-year practitioner doctorate which provides high-calibre professional clinical psychology training based on a coherent synthesis of psychological theory, research and clinical practice.
You’ll begin your training with five weeks of compulsory teaching, which will explore adult mental health problems, working within the NHS, and experiential therapy skills training to prepare you for your first placement. You’ll then begin your clinical practice, spending two and a half days a week on clinical placement, two days a week back at the University for teaching or research, and half a day a week on private study. This pattern will continue for your three years of full-time training (though there is no formal teaching during August). Most of your teaching will support each of your placements, so you’ll be properly equipped to work with your clients.
Over the course of the three years, you’ll build up the breadth and depth of your clinical skills in both applied psychology and psychotherapy, and by the end of the programme you’ll be equipped to work with a wide variety of different clients in different contexts.
You’ll also conduct research throughout your three years of training. You’ll be assigned a supervisor for each aspect of your programme, which will include members of the course team, academics from within the School of Psychology and external clinical psychologists working in the NHS and elsewhere. Your supervisors bring expert knowledge and experience, and will guide you through your research. You’ll attend research workshops and seminars to develop your literature review, research proposal writing and critical academic skills, and attend seminars on research methodologies.
You’ll be assessed through academic and clinical assignments, as well as on your original research, assessed through a viva examination. You’ll receive feedback throughout your assessments.
The programme meets the Standards of Education and Training required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the regulatory body that approves postgraduate courses in clinical psychology. Successfully completing the programme will make you eligible to apply for registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist. It’s a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK is registered with the HCPC, so you’ll need to apply before you begin your practice (this includes a registration fee; see the HCPC website for current information on fees).
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British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.
In your first year, you’ll complete a year-long core adult placement.
In your second year, you’ll complete two six-month placements either in children and family, older people, or learning disability services.
In your third year, you’ll take on two six month placements, including the final placement you didn’t do in your second year, as well as a specialist placement.
Throughout the three years of your training, you’ll have regular opportunities to link theory and practice through discussions with small personal and professional development groups, through problem based learning exercises and regular meetings with your tutors and mentor.
We have applied to the Association of Family Therapy to seek accreditation of the systemic element of the training programme at the Foundation Level in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.
Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.
The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).