International fee-paying candidates


International applicants who do not meet the criteria for home status apply via the clearing house. We expect to have up to two places available for the 2021 intake which are not funded by the NHS, and which are available to International Students with overseas fees status. The annual fee for 2021 is £32,950, and there are additional costs to be incurred, for example with regards to travel expenses and placement costs. For these places you will need to organise your own funding and have the means to support yourself throughout the three years of training, as employment whilst studying will not be a practical option.

Applicants who meet home status can apply via the clearing house. This means that applicants must have full UK residency and not require a work permit.

EU fee status

​Applicant's with courses starting after 1st August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and further education financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland - benefits of Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement will continue

More information about the recent changes to EU fee status can be found here:


For more information about whether you qualify for home or international fee status, please see:

Criteria for entry

International Fee-Paying Applicants to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme will be subject to the same initial shortlisting criteria as current home applicants from the UK. Please see the How to Apply page for more information.  Following this, an online screening assessment may be undertaken prior to a decision regarding being shortlisted and invited to interview.

Academic requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in psychology which includes a substantive period of study in psychology.  Degrees awarded outside of the UK will need to be assessed for eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the BPS; further information about GBC can be found on this web page. 

The minimum requirement for entry onto the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is the equivalent of a high upper second class degree in psychology.  Candidates will need to have some experience of undertaking research.

Proficiency in English

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. Further information regarding the required English Language proficiency for the University of Sheffield more generally can be found on the English language requirements for postgraduates page.

Relevant experience

Candidates usually need some direct experience of work with clients who may be seen by Clinical Psychologists.  Relevant experience can include work in mental health services within the public, private, voluntary or academic sectors.  This will usually include regular contact with patients.  The purpose of such experience is for candidates to have a realistic idea of working practices within mental health services.  Whatever the nature of the experience, it is expected that candidates should be able to apply psychological theory in clinical settings.

Application Process

Applications for 2021 are now open and will close on 18th November 2020, 1pm.  Applications must be complete with references uploaded, so please allow time for references to be completed and submitted to yourself.  Guidance on your choice of referees and the content they should include in their references is provided can be found on the Clearing House website. 

Applicants are required to demonstrate Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and English proficiency at the point of application, and you will need to upload documents to support this application.

Admissions Process

Shortlisted applicants may be required to complete an online screening assessment in the middle of February.

Following this, successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview in Sheffield in March, where possible. We will consult with candidates on an individual basis regarding their attendance at an interview. We have up to 6 interview places available for successfully shortlisted International Fee-paying Candidates, and up to 2 available places on the programme.  It is therefore important to note that an invitation to our interview process does not automatically mean you will be offered a place on the programme.

We would encourage you to discuss your application with admissions tutor Georgina Rowse at the earliest opportunity. 

If you have any specific queries, please email the DClinPsy admissions team.

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