Doctor of Clinical Psychology DClinPsychol

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 36 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You should have a 2:1 or above in your undergraduate degree, Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society and clinically relevant experience.
Doctor of Clinical Psychology


All applications for entry to this course must to be made via the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology through the website: 

Graduate from this programme and you'll be eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status, allowing you to practise as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS.

The content provides a theoretical introduction to a wide range of clinical problems and approaches, together with basic clinical skills and a variety of practical experiences. There are places for up to 23 trainees per year.

This is a three-year, full-time programme offering clinical placements throughout the year, an academic course and research requirements including a 25,000 word dissertation.

The order of placements is shown in the table below.

Local NHS clinical psychology services on Merseyside offer a particularly rich variety of specialist placements and we'd urge you to gain as much experience as you can within them.

This could include:-

  • Ashworth High Secure Hospital
  • the Windsor Clinic (Addictions)
  • the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery

You can also work with individual practitioners in other areas including:-

  • family therapy
  • paediatric liaison
  • brain injury rehabilitation
  • spinal injury
  • eating disorders.

As an option you can undertake a twelve-month specialist placement in Year Three. It may also be possible to combine two of the shorter placements into a second 12-month specialist child and family placement.


The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme has an excellent record for full employment of graduates, who are eligible to work as clinical psychologists within the NHS. This is an expanding profession and graduates will have the opportunity to work within a variety of different settings within the NHS.


Year One Adult
Older Adult Learning Disabilities
Year Two  
Child and Family  
Year Three   Specialist 1
Specialist 2  

Why Department of Psychology?

Breadth and choice

Reflecting our main research strengths, we offer one-year taught master's (MSc) programmes in:

  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology (Conversion)
  • Health Psychology (online).

For details of MPhil/PhD and MD opportunities in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, see our Postgraduate Research Opportunities.

Professionally focused

The Investigative and Forensic Psychology course is recognised by the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP, British Psychological Society) and counts towards Chartered Forensic Status.

Innovative research

As home to the Centres for Critical and Major Incident Psychology and Investigative Psychology, we continue to stretch the boundaries of psychological inquiry with innovative research activity.

Our partners

Our partners include local hospitals and schools, the Regional Neurological and Neurosurgical NHS Trust, Prison Psychology departments, national and international Police Forces and associated Law Enforcement Agencies. There are also close links with other University departments in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences; in particular, Clinical Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Anatomy. Numerous collaborations exist between members of staff and their colleagues in other academic institutions both nationally and internationally.