Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


This three year doctoral programme is organised by the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with local Psychology Services, and is commissioned by NHS Yorkshire and the Humber. The aim of the Programme is to train clinical psychologists to meet the future needs of the NHS and our local services.


The Programme, which was established in October 1991, is based within the Department of Psychology which has outstanding facilities for research and teaching and an excellent research record; over 80% of our research is internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Placements are made available principally within the following locations; Barnsley, Doncaster, North Derbyshire, Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Sheffield. Trainees are expected to travel as required to placements, some of which may involve significant commuting time.

The main purpose of the Programme is to train chartered clinical psychologists to meet the future client and organisational needs of the National Health Service. This Programme acknowledges the evolving role of clinical psychology and particular emphasis is placed upon organisational skills and service evaluation, health care policy, and the needs of priority groups within health and social services.

The orientation of the Programme is specifically to promote the unique contribution which psychology can make to the delivery of health care. The Programme actively encourages trainees to use psychological theories and formulations to inform the content of their clinical work. Similarly, the design of the curriculum and academic programme reflects the clinical and service contexts surrounding specific psychological models and issues. The Programme is committed to increasing the diversity of the profession.