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Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

Welcome to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Exeter website. Alongside the PGR page for DClinPsy, this space is a resource for Clinical Supervisors, External Lecturers, current and prospective trainees, and anyone looking for more information about DClinPsy training at Exeter.

The DClinPsy has been running at the University for over 40 years, during which time it has evolved and adapted to remain contemporary and current. Our focus today in on the University’s three pillars of Transformative Education:

  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Racial and Social Justice
  • Sustainability

The Academic Strand is made up of the teaching and assignments that happen over the three years of the doctorate. This is where inclusive classrooms are vital and we work in partnership with our external lecturers to ensure this happens, e.g. sending lecture slides at least 48 hours in advance of the lecture. We address Racial and Social justice in the workshops we regularly run for all lecturers on decolonisation. These can be booked onto via the Academic webpage. We also work in partnership with our NHS placement supervisors as trainees prepare their Clinical Practice Reports, asking supervisors to verify the work and support trainees in their considering of the case. The paperwork that we ask supervisors to complete is on the Academic webpage; this webpage also continues all the information needed about coming to teach on the course, including how to get paid and guidance for teaching online and for inclusive classrooms.

In the Research Strand, trainees must complete a Major Research Project (MRP) and a Quality Improvement Project (QIP). Many of our trainees conduct research addressing racial and social justice or the climate emergency, as well as wider topics within mental health and wellbeing. We have an established and experienced research team who are always open to working with psychologists external to the University to co-supervise MPRs or QIPs. If you have an idea or would like to discuss this further, please contact the Research Director Dr Fiona Warren:

We work in partnership with three NHS Trusts (Devon, Dorset and Somerset) to run the Clinical Strand of the programme. We could not do this without our excellent and generous NHS supervisors. We offer CPD in the form of supervisor workshops, and in opening up some lectures in our timetable for NHS supervisors to join (sometimes lecturers put on a numbers cap). These CPD events can be booked onto via our supervisor website. If there are any topics that would be useful to support supervisors’ supervision of trainees, please do make a suggestion and we will try and provide it: please contact the Clinical Director Tracy Rydin-Orwin:

Current trainees can access their resources online on ELE2.

Prospective students should visit the PGR page for DClinPsy for information on the programme, application and selection​​ process

If you have queries about the programme, including wanting to access a previous version of the trainee handbook, you can contact the PGR Support Team here:

This year's DClinPsy trainee handbooks are available on ELE2 for current trainees, and on the PGR page for DClinPsy.

Lecturer & Supervisor Resources

Resources for external lecturers and supervisors

EDI Support for DClinPsy Applicants

Find out about our EDI work, including mentoring schemes