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Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD)

This programme offers three years of academic and clinical training for students who want to work as clinical psychologists.

Clinical Psychology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Programme overview

Our ClinPsyD programme has been developed through close collaboration between The University of Manchester and clinical psychologists in north-west England.

The programme will train you to work as a clinical psychologist in various settings primarily within the NHS, although it also offers a stepping stone to a career in academia.

We use a combination of traditional teaching and clinical placements – with the latter comprising 50% of the programme – to equip you with the skills needed to apply theory to real-world situations.

Topics covered by the programme include:

  • common presentations and core clinical skills/issues;
  • personal and professional development, including team working and leadership;
  • cognitive behavioural therapy;
  • psychodynamic interpersonal therapy;
  • specialist areas, eg clinical neuropsychology;
  • diversity and engaging the community, with input from carers and service users from our Community Liaison Group;
  • research methods;
  • statistics.

Our ClinPsyD programme has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Find out more about what the programme is like through our student profiles, and learn about the programme directors.

Degree awarded
36 months full time
Entry requirements

A degree (minimum Upper Second (2:1)) in single honours Psychology, or joint honours where psychology constitutes at least fifty per cent of the course, is required.

The degree must have already been awarded at the time of application; candidates who are currently undergraduates will not be short-listed for interview.

Candidates must establish their eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society before making an application.

A minimum of 12 months' paid FTE clinically-relevant experience, such as work in a healthcare setting or clinical research, is also essential.

Formal consent to participate as service users in practical and clinical teaching will be required as a condition of entry to the programme.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

The number of funded places is confirmed each year by Health Education NW, but currently we offer 24 places, for which we receive approximately 700 applications.

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0402
How to apply

Application for the ClinPsyD programme is made through the British Psychological Society's Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology .

Overseas applicants who do not meet the criteria for home or EU fee status should also apply through the clearing house system.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year programme of academic and clinical training offered. It is the result of close collaboration between the University and clinical psychologists in north-west England.

The programme aims to train practitioners who are able to fulfil the responsibilities and duties of clinical psychologists in a range of settings.

It is recognised that the majority of graduates will be employed within the National Health Service. The programme is thus geared to train clinical psychologists who will be able to meet the appropriate client needs and organisational requirements of the NHS and other statutory and voluntary bodies who work in collaboration with the health service.

The training covers a wide geographical area, with placements at present available in many NHS Trusts throughout the north-west. The structure of the training spans both taught and research elements, with specialist teaching units co-ordinated around intensive clinical placements.

Further details can be found in the Trainee Clinical Psychologist job description (Word, 110KB) and on the ClinPsyD Handbook website.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • ClinPsyD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Paid in full by NHS North West
    International students (per annum): £36,000

These fee arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2017, but this is unclear at this stage.

Please see the funding information on the  British Psychological Society's Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology  website for further details.

Additional expenses

Trainees are required to submit video material of clinical sessions as part of their placement and academic work. Cameras and memory sticks are provided for this purpose; trainees are required to pay for replacements should they be broken or lost.