Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The Programme is intended for graduates with a degree in Psychology (or equivalent) and who are eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. Successful completion of the Programme confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Clinical Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society.
- The Programme is approved by the Health Professions Council and accredited by the British Psychological Society.
The Programme has strong links with Health and Social Care Services across Wales. The Programme also enjoys an excellent relationship with the School of Psychology at Cardiff University where it is based, and receives valued support from its commissioners, the Welsh Government.
The Programme is three years full-time and leads to the award of Doctor of Clinical Psychology validated by Cardiff University. Trainees are full-time employees of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) and registered postgraduate students of Cardiff University.
Emphasis is placed on the development of trainee competence through the implementation of collaborative individualised training plans. The Programme is generic in nature and underpinned by a lifespan developmental approach. About half of the Programme time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic course work, research and personal study. Building upon a firm foundation of training delivered within core clinical specialties and populations, trainees are able to develop their skills in elective placements.
The Programme’s staffing comprises of clinical-academic staff and administrators. Clinical-academic staffs undertake clinical work within Health and Social Care Services and hold honorary positions with Cardiff University.
Training is co-ordinated within a set of five modules over the three years:
- Older Adult / Adult Mental Health (Year 1)
- Children & Young People / Learning Disabilities (Year 2)
- Elective (eg Forensic / Health) (Year 3)
- A research module runs across the three years.
The Programme has a strong commitment to enabling trainees to develop the skills and perspectives required to work within health and social care services in the UK, but there is a special emphasis on services within Wales.
Particular themes within the Programme are CBT (there are parallel Programmes in CBT in the School) systemic therapies, service user and carer involvement and also, place in other session at marked place applicable research.
All entrants must have graduate basis for chartered membership of the BPS. Relevant experience of paid or voluntary work in a clinical, community or clinical-academic setting with client groups and service settings directly relevant to clinical psychology is also an essential requirement.
For full details on entry requirements and the application procedure for the Programme, please see the Programme's clearing house entry website.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their proficiency. The minimum University requirements are IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Important note: Applications are not made via the normal Cardiff University application procedure. Please click here to apply.
Trainees are employed by Cardiff and Vale UHB as Band 6 Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Training contracts are for a period of three years and are offered on the strict understanding that candidates will submit themselves for assessments linked to the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and maintain their registration for the Doctorate. The Programme has no self-funding places.
Funding is available for temporary accommodation on clinical placements deemed to be non-commutable. Financial support is available for attendance at approved courses and conferences and/or personal therapy up to an individual limit.
Next intake: September each year
Name: The Student Services Office
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 70582