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    What's the difference? Which is more respected? Can you become a clinical psych still with the PHD?
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    You need to do the clinical psychology doctorate in order to become a clinical psychologist. There's nothing stopping you doing it after a normal PhD, but it won't make the process any quicker
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    Interrobang is right, you need the clin psych doctorate- just a related note too- if you are thinking of this career before uni like I did that's great- but pleeeeease heavily research how you will get there. If I knew that most people don't even get onto a clinpsych doctorate till they're about 26 (because of the amount of experience you need and how competitive it is) I might not have even chosen psychology as my degree!
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    You need to do the clinical psychology doctorate in order to become a clinical psychologist. There's nothing stopping you doing it after a normal PhD, but it won't make the process any quicker
    Thanks for letting me know! Do you know any careers you can get with mental health science PHD?
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    (Original post by vlvttunderground)
    Interrobang is right, you need the clin psych doctorate- just a related note too- if you are thinking of this career before uni like I did that's great- but pleeeeease heavily research how you will get there. If I knew that most people don't even get onto a clinpsych doctorate till they're about 26 (because of the amount of experience you need and how competitive it is) I might not have even chosen psychology as my degree!
    Great! Do you know the difference between the two?
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    (Original post by Nimahbeg)
    Great! Do you know the difference between the two?
    The difference is a PhD is a research degree, i.e. it is purely research, you come up with a study with your supervisor(s) and you will finish after 3-4 years having produced a thesis. This is usually the route for those who want to be academics and researchers etc. You do not hold the title of clinical psychologist after a PhD or any of the protected titles (educational, sports, counselling psychologists etc).

    DClinPsy (Doctorate of clinical psychology) on the other hand is a practical, taught degree where you are trained to become a clinical psychologist and will still submit a thesis, research projects and/or literature reviews (it won't be like the 70,000 word PhD thesis).

    If you want to go the academic route - a PhD would be for you. If you want to go into clinical practice then the DClinPsy
 
 
 
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