I am about to enter my last year in a Psychology BSc degree, on track for a 2i/1st. I have been interning in the Vision Lab for the past couple of years, and my supervisor has offered me a PhD (funding permitting).
Originally, I wanted to do the DClinPsy and become a Clinical Psychologist. This course is very hard to get on, and there is no chance of getting onto it straight from undergrad. My thought was I could do this PhD then apply for the DClinPsy - problem is, they require a "clinically related" PhD, of which mine would not be. I could, however, gain a small amount of experience volunteering in the mental hospital in the next town over (and I already have a fair amount of relevant experience). There are other Vision-oriented PhDs I could apply for.
I have two other choices: go onto an MRes course and hope I get a clinically oriented supervisor, or do this course, which is about the most relevant thing I could do, and paid.
I have a couple of problems:
- I'd feel guilty for not taking the PhD my supervisor offered me, as I have built up a good relationship with the lab in the last couple of years.
- All courses apart from the Primary Care one, would start in September 2011. Primary Care would start in January 2012; I'd probably need to turn down the other courses before I heard about the Primary Care one (which looks to be the best course, but there's a very small chance of being accepted).
- Is it feasible to do a PhD and then go and do a completely unrelated Masters (i.e. PhD for enjoyment of subject matter, Masters [Primary Care or otherwise] to get a job)?
Bear in mind that after any of these courses (apart from maybe the PhD, I'd probably have to do a more relevant course first) I'd be applying for the 3-year DClinPsy.
Any input appreciated!
Difficulty in deciding Psychology PG course Watch
- Thread Starter
- 25-09-2010 00:35
- PS Reviewer
- 26-09-2010 00:46
Firstly bear in mind that the ELQ rules means that doing a PhD first would mean you would have a pay higher fees if you then did a masters.
Otherwise. You need to think about what you want to do. It's not uncommon to do a PhD before going on to the clinical doctorate. Www.clinpsy.org.uk might help you.Last edited by ~ Purple Rose ~; 26-09-2010 at 00:49.