Welcome

We hope you find the following information helpful and look forward to receiving your application for 2018 DClinPsy cohort.

Please ensure you have read the frequently asked questions section of our Programme web pages and all the relevant course information we provide before you consider contacting the Programme with any enquiry as this can often answer the query. You can also find information about the course in the Alternative handbook.

We receive a high number of very high quality applications to the programme each year. Not all applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be successful in gaining an interview. We have modified our shortlisting criteria for 2018 and you may find that whilst you have previously been successful in being offered an interview, this may not be the case this time.

Applying to the Sheffield programme: general notes and changes for 2018

The expectations and demands placed upon Clinical Psychologists in the NHS change and develop in response to the needs of client groups, and the evolving ways in which services are funded and developed to meet those needs. The expansion and development of a broader range of services for psychological wellbeing in recent years is reflected in a change in the nature and complexity of the clinical, consultancy and leadership roles of Clinical Psychologists.

We review our admissions process annually, to ensure that we continue to train Clinical Psychologists who can work effectively in a changing and increasingly challenging NHS context. This increase in complexity is reflected in the work trainees undertake on placement from the very beginning of training. We have modified our entry requirements for 2018 to reflect this.

We cannot respond to individual requests to comment on or advise you as to the suitability of your existing or planned qualifications; courses of study; or relevant experience prior to the submission of your application.

How to apply

All UK/EU fee status applications for this course must be made through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology (www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp). If your status is not clear then you may be asked for additional information by the University admissions team prior to your application being reviewed by our shortlisting team.
We offer a small number of places to international self-funded applicants who can apply directly to the University of Sheffield Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme. These places are only available to candidates who are not eligible to apply for UK/EU funded places.

Travel and Driving

• All trainees will be expected to travel to placement.
• A current driving licence is highly desirable, but not essential. For non-drivers travel on public transport will be expected, to allow you to access our wide range of placement opportunities.
• Adjustments for disability can be made.
• Some travel expenses for UK/EU trainees will be reimbursed. We do not pay travel from home to work. Please consider the financial costs of this for yourself if you are intending to live at a distance from the course base.

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. The IELTS test requirement for this programme is a minimum score of 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5 or an equivalent qualification at this level as listed on the University of Sheffield web pages: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/englang

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.

 Selection procedures

Screening
All applications are anonymised in line with the policy of our employing NHS Trust Human Resources department. This removes all personal details including age and disability status.

Shortlisting

Entry requirements

In order to meet our minimum entry criteria, candidates must meet the entry requirements below and achieve a minimum score of 9 on our shortlisting criteria from two independent members of our shortlisting panel.

We receive a high number of applications to the programme each year. Not all applicants who meet the minimum criteria will be successful in gaining an interview. In relation to our updated entry criteria, you may find that whilst you have previously been successful in being offered an interview, this may not be the case this time.

Entry Criteria

Academic:

A good upper second or first class Honours Degree in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. We do not normally consider candidates who have achieved a 2.2 in their undergraduate degree even with subsequent higher education qualifications*.

OR a good 2.1 or first class degree in another undergraduate subject and a post-graduate psychology diploma/conversion course accredited by the BPS. Applicants whose first degree was not in psychology must submit a transcript of the postgraduate course of study, which confers GBC.

*We use performance in the undergraduate degree as our main academic entry criteria. A good undergraduate degree reflects a robust performance across a broad range of modules and examination processes. The undergraduate degree also provides the greatest equality of access to programmes of study for all students at the tertiary level of education.

Research:
Direct experience of conducting a research project either at an undergraduate level or in subsequent work. Stronger applications will provide evidence of post-graduate research experience in academic or clinical contexts.

Accreditation of your degree:
Evidence of eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS.

We do not consider applicants currently studying psychology as undergraduates.

Applications are rated by members of the selection committee according to a set of criteria covering academic, clinical, research, and inter-personal skills and experience, based on the trainee job description and person specification (see downloads to the right of the page).

Our shortlisting criteria can also be downloaded from the right of this page.

We review the academic and experience references as part of our short-listing process.

Clinical experience and learning

Applicants should demonstrate that they have significant experience in working with client groups relevant to the practice of Clinical Psychology.

This should involve therapeutic or change oriented work, and include some supervision and reflection. You should demonstrate some understanding of the application of psychological theories and models to this work. You will also need to demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of the difficulties and experiences of people who present to Clinical Psychology services.

Applicants 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. Applicants should demonstrate that they are able to reflect on their own personal and professional development and learning in relation to their experience.

Academic and research

Direct experience of conducting a research project at undergraduate level work is required. Stronger applications will have further post-graduate experience of research, either in a clinical or an academic setting. Your academic referee should be chosen carefully to ensure that they are able to comment meaningfully on your academic aptitude and research competence.

Shortlisting minimum score:

Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 9 on their application form, from each of the two independent raters on our shortlisting panels.

Invitation to interview

The Selection Committee draws up a shortlist of those applicants who score above the threshold on our shortlisting criteria. We normally interview up to 64 candidates.

We rank all our applications against their shortlisting scores. Interview offers are to the highest ranked candidates in the first instance. The next ranked 25 candidates with scores above the threshold will form our reserve list for interview. If you score below threshold you will be informed of this and will not be interviewed this year.

“Two tick” scheme

In line with the Equality Act 2010 and our achievement of “Two Tick” status, we welcome applications from applicants with a disability, 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 including a score of 9 or higher, as rated by two independent members of the shortlisting panel, on our shortlisting criteria, will be offered an interview.

We will not be utilising any equal opportunity data in our admissions process

Applications which are incomplete, i.e. lack the relevant references or degree transcripts, will not be entered into our shortlisting process. It is your responsibility to provide the Clearing House with all the relevant information to support your application.

Interviewing

After successful shortlisting, candidates are invited to attend the University. The interview day has three components:

Group task
During this task you will be asked to engage in discussion with other candidates on a topic provided within the task. You will also be asked to reflect on this process as part of the task. The task is observed by members of the selection panel. We are interested in competencies relating to interpersonal communication; relationship skills, and reflective skills in this task.

Interview including role play
You will have an individual interview with a panel usually made up of programme team academic and clinical staff, a local NHS placement supervisor and an expert by experience. The focus of the interview is on knowledge of research and relevant clinical knowledge. You may be asked to engage in a short role play, or clinical exercise. We are interested in your readiness for training; your understanding of the role of clinical psychology in the NHS; and your ability to think on your feet, and consider issues from a psychologically informed perspective in your responses to the questions.

Academic task
This is a two-part task performed under exam conditions. Part One covers basic mathematical understandings relevant to your capacity to understand and critically evaluate statistics. An example is available on the drop down menu on the right.
In Part Two, you will be asked to read and critically review a brief paper. We are interested in your capacity to read and understand psychological research and to succinctly communicate this understanding in a coherent written format.
Normal University adjustments for disability are offered to candidates who can provide evidence of need.

In line with clinical psychology as a reflective profession we engage in ongoing review of our procedures, and potential candidates should therefore check for updates relating to the 2018 process for both shortlisting and interviewing on the CPU website before the deadline for applications.

Support

We recognise that the interview day is busy and many people feel anxious. Our current trainees provide support for the candidates throughout the interview day. These supporters are not involved in any evaluation of the candidates and are available to answer questions, and help candidates to navigate the department as they attend each part of the interview process. We also provide a quiet room for candidates who may prefer some time away from the other interview candidates during the process.

Feedback from you

We will ask you to complete feedback forms on the day. These are important to us and have lead to us making changes to our selection processes in the past. You can submit these anonymously and your feedback is not seen by the interviewing panels and forms no part of our assessment of you.

Feedback Policy

Due to the large numbers of applicants to the Programme, the anonymisation of application forms, and the administrative load of the selection process, we are unable to offer feedback on the shortlisting process. However, if you attend for interview we provide telephone feedback sessions following the completion of the interview process. These are available to candidates who are on our reserve list or who have not been successful in the interviews.