University College London (DClinPsy)





The UCL Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the largest professional training course for Clinical Psychologists in the United Kingdom, and welcomes high-calibre candidates from the UK and abroad. The course provides a first-rate training in clinical psychology, leading to a doctoral qualification accredited by the UK’s Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Course’s overarching aim is to train independently minded, scientifically-oriented and compassionate clinicians capable of taking a leadership role in health services at home or abroad.

Two overarching frameworks form the basis of the curriculum: developmental psychopathology and a bio-psychosocial model. By paying attention to biological, psychological, environmental and social factors, teaching aims to chart the diverse pathways that may contribute to the development of psychological difficulties, or conversely optimal functioning.

A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning are used including didactic lectures, small group work, experiential sessions, a range of seminars, masterclasses, conferences and self-directed learning.

The curriculum is reviewed every year to ensure it remains relevant to current practice.

In addition to training in the main psycho-therapeutic modalities (psycho-dynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural) applied across the lifespan and ability range, trainees also receive training in research methods and carry out a major piece of research in clinical psychology, a significant proportion of which are published in peer-reviewed international academic journals.

The course is three years in length and consists of a mixture of taught lectures, seminars and workshops running alongside a series of 6 placements based in clinical services in and around London. The academic programme is delivered by a highly experienced team of clinical psychologists, many of whom are world-leaders in their academic and clinical fields. The clinical placements provide trainees with opportunities to develop their skills under experienced supervision in a wide variety of contexts, using a broad range of models, and with a wide spectrum of clients.

As a course that is based in one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, UCL trainees have the opportunity to conduct high-quality research under the supervision of leading scientists in the field.

The above course description is from the course provider’s website.



Doctoral training course in Clinical Psychology, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology Group, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


The tuition fees for 2018 are £26,240 per year.

Places available:

There are 42 places on the course per year. It is not clear how many are open to international students. When the course first opened to international students preference was given to students who were funded by their own government.

How to apply:

International candidates are required to apply directly through the University via the UCL online application portal at Detailed information about the application process for both UK/EU and Overseas students is available at


This entry was written on 2nd February 2018. Please refer to the course website for the most up-to-date information. If you are a representative of the course and would like anything changed please email us at


  1. Hi,

    I am currently undergoing my training with UCL and I would like to say I’m glad that this site exists to guide future potential trainees! How I wish this site is available for me when I was doing my own DCLINPSY research! It would have saved me lots of time and effort!

    I would like to share that UCL generally accepts 6-8 international trainee amongst 300-400 international applicants, which can be quite competitive too. Many of the home/EU trainees had attained their PhD in related fields, while international trainees either had 1-2 years of solid clinical experiences or had completed research related masters. I’ve met international trainees come from USA, UAE, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, India, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Generally UCL prefers trainees who are culturally diverse / had similar exposures.

    Hope this helps future potential trainees !

    • Hi Kai, thanks so much for your input! It’s really good to know how things are being done over there from someone who is right in the middle of it. If you meet any Malaysians who are training in the UK do let them know that I’d be very happy to hear from them!

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