Entry requirements


Applicants are expected to have a good upper second or first class Honours Degree in Psychology, (or an international equivalent).  Where applicants only degree is at undergraduate level this needs to be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).  For those whose first degree was not in psychology we accept applications from candidates who have completed a post-graduate diploma/conversion course accredited by the BPS, these applicants must submit a transcript of the postgraduate course of study, which confers Graduate Basis for Chartership. Applicants with a 2.2 undergraduate degree will not normally be considered unless there is evidence of mitigating circumstances, as this grading falls outside our minimum entry criteria. We do not consider applicants currently studying psychology as undergraduates.

Direct experience of conducting a research project either at an undergraduate level (and achieving a 1st mark for this project) or research experience in subsequent work or postgraduate training is required. Stronger applications will provide evidence of post-graduate research experience in academic or clinical contexts. Applicants should be able to show a critical understanding of psychological theory and be enthusiastic about applying this in their reflections on their experience.

The programme does not offer accreditation of prior learning.

Eligibility for Graduate basis for Chartering

All Applicants will be able to provide evidence for eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS.

Clinical Experience

Applicants will demonstrate that they have a reasonable breadth and depth of experience working with client groups relevant to the practice of Clinical Psychology, and that this work involves some therapeutic or change related focus. Candidates will be able to demonstrate what they have learned from their experience in terms of the applications of psychological models and theories to the work, and in terms of their own personal/professional development. Candidates should demonstrate a good understanding of the role of clinical psychologists in the current NHS. Stronger applications will provide evidence of direct experience of working with and supervision by a Clinical Psychologist.

Overseas applicants

Places on the Programme are currently funded by the British National Health Service (NHS), and are open to home fee status applicants who can apply through the clearing house.  

We no longer have places for international applicants who are self funding and we cannot accept applications from anyone without Home Fees Status.

Please see the following webpages for more guidance on eligibility for home fee status for EU applicants: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/eu-students

English language

If English is not your first language and your university qualifications were not taught and examined in English, you need to submit evidence of your ability in English language with your application. This should be a computer based IELTS test. The minimum scores needed are: 7 with no element below 6.5.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The programme operates an equal opportunities policy and no applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexuality or gender.

Candidates with knowledge and experience of other cultures or minority groups are particularly welcome to apply. A current driving licence is highly desirable.

The programme reserves the right to use Positive Action where appropriate within the provisions of  the Equality Act (2010).  Such action is permitted in order to address the underrepresentation of applicants with specific protected characteristics within the profession.

Disability Confident scheme

  • In line with the Equality Act 2010 and our achievement of Disability Confident status, (previously known as 'Two Tick' or 'double tick'), we welcome and encourage candidates to declare whether they have a disability in section 9 of the application form.
  • Applicants with a disability who meet the entry criteria above and score 6 or higher, as rated by each member of the shortlisting panel, on our shortlisting criteria, will be offered an interview.

Further enquiries concerning entrance requirements should be made to the Admissions Tutors. Please check our programme website, and in particular our frequently asked questions section before contacting the programme with queries.

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