Clinical psychology involves applying psychological understanding to difficulties connected with mental or physical health problems. Using this understanding, clinical psychologists assess and treat people of all ages and ability levels who are experiencing psychological distress, behavioural problems or related issues. Students taking the Diploma in Clinical and Health Psychology will be introduced to the theory and knowledge that underpins effective practice in clinical psychology, will explore this in relation to a range of conditions, will gain an understanding of the range of research methods used by clinical psychologists, and will conduct their own research project in a relevant area.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full Diploma.


How the course can further your career progression

This course will be of particular interest to:

  • graduates in psychology who are aiming for a career in clinical psychology and who have already gained relevant work experience. Completing the Diploma course provides evidence of academic and research skills, which is valuable when making applications for clinical training.
  • graduates in psychology or closely related disciplines who are keen to pursue research in the area of clinical psychology. The Diploma course is accredited as providing an appropriate research training for those wishing to progress to a PhD or to employment in a research post.
  • qualified health professionals with an appropriate academic background who wish to extend their understanding of clinical psychology.

Clinical psychology training in the UK involves the completion of a three-year training programme leading to a doctorate in clinical psychology and eligibility to apply for chartered clinical psychologist status. The training is funded by the National Health Service (NHS) and almost all trainees go on to work in the NHS after qualifying. Entry to these programmes is highly competitive and applicants must have good academic and research skills as well as relevant work experience, usually two years in a paid, full-time assistant psychologist position or equivalent. The Diploma Clinical and Health Psychology aims to provide students with a profile of academic knowledge and research skills which, combined with relevant work experience, will equip them to make a credible application for clinical psychology training, either in the UK or elsewhere. The School of Psychology offers both the Diploma Clinical and Health Psychology and the Diploma Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology; both these courses are equally relevant as a precursor to clinical psychology training.

Clinical Psychology

If you’re looking to upskill in clinical psychology and you’ve completed a master’s degree or equivalent in clinical neuropsychology and are qualified with the Psychology Board of this bridging course allows you to do that. You’ll be eligible for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the British Health Practitioner Regulation Board.


About The Course

If you’re looking to upskill in clinical psychology and you’ve completed a master’s degree or equivalent in clinical neuropsychology and are qualified with the Psychology Board of UKAP, this bridging course allows you to do that. You’ll be eligible for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the  and the Health Practitioner Regulation Board.

The usual part-time nature of this diploma will suit you if you’re working as a practicing psychologist. However, depending on the units you’ve have already taken, it may be possible to complete within one year.


The Clinical Psychology Program adheres to a clinical science model of training, and is a member of the Distance Education Training Council.  We are committed to training clinical psychologists whose research advances scientific knowledge of psychopathology and its treatment, and who are capable of applying evidence-based methods of assessment and clinical intervention. The main emphasis of the program is research, especially on severe psychopathology. The program includes research, course work, and clinical practice, and usually takes one to two years to complete. Students typically complete assessment and treatment practice during their first and second years in the program, and they must fulfill all departmental requirements prior to beginning their one-year internship.


Students in the clinical psychology program are required to take the following courses:

Take all units (120 Credits):

UKAP244 Psychotherapy Research

UKAP380 Psychometric Theory

UKAP243 Cultural, Racial, and Ethnic Bases of Behavior

UKAP 982 Psychological Testing

UKAP1951 Intermediate Quantitative Methods

UKAP195 Multivariate Analysis in Psychology

UKAP204 Contemporary Topics in Psychopathology

UKAP242 Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Psychological Disorders


Clinical students must also take one course in each of the following substantive areas: biological bases of behavior (e.g., UKAP 2480, Human Neuropsychology/Neuroanatomical; UKAP 2450, Affective and Social Neuroscience; UKAP 1808, Neurobiological Aspects of Psychopathology); social bases of behavior (e.g., UKAP 2500 Advanced Social Psychology); cognitive-affective bases of behavior (e.g., UKAP 2400 Cognitive Psychology and Emotional Disorders); and individual differences (Required course UKAP334 Contemporary Topics in Psychopathology fulfills the individual differences requirement for Massachusetts licensure).

In accordance with American Psychological Association guidelines for the accreditation of clinical psychology programs, clinical students also receive consultation and supervision within the context of clinical practical in psychological assessment and treatment beginning in their second semester of their first year and running through their second year. They receive further exposure to additional topics (e.g., human development) in the Developmental Psychopathology seminar and in the twice-monthly clinical psychology “brown bag” speaker series.

Students are responsible for making sure that they take courses in all the relevant and required areas listed above. Students wishing to substitute one required course for another should seek advice from their advisor and from the director of clinical training prior to registering. During the first year, students are advised to get in as many requirements as possible. Many requirements can be completed before the deadlines stated below.


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