About our DClinPsychol

The DClinPsychol course at the University of Liverpool is a three-year full time professional training programme. When you graduate, you will be awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and be eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration to practise as a clinical psychologist in the UK.

The DClinPsychol course at the University of Liverpool is one of the longest established in the UK – we delivered our first programme in 1962. There is strong competition for places thanks to the quality of our teaching and research, and because of the opportunities our placements offer at some of the most interesting and diverse locations in the North West of England.

The Liverpool team prides itself on taking a collaborative, human-rights based approach to all its work and we welcome the input of our Liverpool Experts by Experience group (LExE)  across all aspects of the course. We work hard to feel connected to the North West community, particularly in our local area.

You will be taught by a range of highly skilled clinicians and researchers. We work closely with our LExE and other people with lived experience, including those from our own staff team. Our starting point is acknowledging that psychological distress and mental health issues have the potential to impact on everyone.

Our trainees  have the opportunity to follow their own research interests, as well as linking with existing areas of research  offered by the research groups in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society and research active members of the School of Psychology.  It is expected that trainees will add to the DClinPsychol’s strong tradition of good academic journal publication rates.

This training programme gives the opportunity to develop advanced skills in at least two of the following areas - cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), family and systemic therapy, neuropsychology and leadership, as well as theories and practice which are applicable to a range of populations.

Clinical placements include settings such as Ashworth High Secure Hospital, the renowned Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital, as well as other placements which may include everything from eating disorders to intellectual difficulties. Our primary focus is the NHS, but we also offer community and leadership placements.

Qualified clinical psychologists are expected to show leadership skills once qualified and so we aim to develop those skills during training.

All our applicants are expected to show evidence of high academic achievement and significant clinical experience. We welcome a broad range of candidates and are always keen to increase the diversity of our programme. The course is open to those who are aiming to become a clinical psychologist, either in a research or academic  field, and who have already completed an undergraduate course, which is probably in the field of psychology though other disciplines will be considered. Visit our funding/applications page for further information or contact us for more details.