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How to apply for Clinical doctorate

How to apply for Clinical doctorate

We welcome applicants with a good academic record, and a minimum 2:1 degree. If NHS candidates have a 2:1 and not a 1st class degree, they will need to show additional evidence of academic attainment (e.g. a distinction at Masters level, a PhD, excellent A-level grades or a peer review publication). We also welcome applicants with a first degree in a field other than Psychology who have completed a BPS approved conversion course or completed the BPS exam conferring GBC.

We positively welcome applicants from all sections of the community and hope that our intake will reflect the make-up of the communities that people subsequently work in.

Undergraduate applicants are not encouraged to apply.  

For full details see our entry on the webpage of the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

All applications should be made online through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology. We welcome enquiries from applicants with disabilities to discuss the course requirements and any adjustments that may be needed during the selection process or once on the course. There were 36 NHS commissions for entry in 2020. 

All correspondence regarding the selection process will be sent via email, using the email address on the Clearing House application form. You are advised to check your email regularly throughout the process, including any junk/spam mailboxes to ensure that you do not miss any emails from us.

Many clinical psychology training programmes, including ours, are considering developing contextual recruitment processes, and the Clearing House will circulate a survey on programmes’ behalf to everyone who applies for the 2022 intake. This is based on evidence that contextualising individuals’ achievements using additional information about their educational, social and economic background can lead to fairer and more inclusive selection processes. In particular, this information could help course centres to recognise individuals with strong potential for success at doctoral level and within the profession, who otherwise might not have been identified. For more information about the survey please see the Data Protection and Privacy section of this website.

If you have any queries about applying please email, call us on +44 (0)1784 443851, or write to us at:

Clinical Psychology 
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham Hill
TW20 0EX

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