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    I'm currently halfway through an English degree at Cambridge University but have recently decided that I'd like to have a career in something related to psychology. Psychotherapy seems attractive (not least because of a burgeoning interest of mine in psychoanalysis), but I am also thinking about attempting to become a clinical psychologist or perhaps even a psychiatrist. The problem, however, is funding. Though I've yet to do that much research into it, I'm pretty sure that almost all of the above options require further study. Due to a combination of mental health problems and low motivation I am unlikely to get a particularly strong mark in my degree this year (low 2:1 if I'm lucky, perhaps even a ddreaded 2:2). I've got final year to pull it up (our degree is only made up of our final year score as far as I know), but still don't think that I will likely do well enough to get any of my further study paid for. Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I might go about funding to train as, say, a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist? Whether I've got a good shot at getting onto any programs etc.? I'm still just finding out about all this and would really appreciate some advice.
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    (Original post by varsityslut69)
    I'm currently halfway through an English degree at Cambridge University but have recently decided that I'd like to have a career in something related to psychology. Psychotherapy seems attractive (not least because of a burgeoning interest of mine in psychoanalysis), but I am also thinking about attempting to become a clinical psychologist or perhaps even a psychiatrist. The problem, however, is funding. Though I've yet to do that much research into it, I'm pretty sure that almost all of the above options require further study. Due to a combination of mental health problems and low motivation I am unlikely to get a particularly strong mark in my degree this year (low 2:1 if I'm lucky, perhaps even a ddreaded 2:2). I've got final year to pull it up (our degree is only made up of our final year score as far as I know), but still don't think that I will likely do well enough to get any of my further study paid for. Has anyone got any suggestions as to how I might go about funding to train as, say, a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist? Whether I've got a good shot at getting onto any programs etc.? I'm still just finding out about all this and would really appreciate some advice.
    Thanks and best wishes,
    VS
    To get into psychiatry you need to study medicine first (you would do graduate entry medicine, most of this is funded/more loans but the first year you need to pay about £3.5k of the fees yourself), then psychiatry is one of the specialisms you can go into after the foundation years of training as a doctor. GEM is a very competitive course to get onto, a 2:1 is pretty much required, some accept a 2:2 but this limits your options uni wise greatly and you would need to excel in other areas

    I am not sure how up to date it is but here is a link for lots of entry info for GEM

    https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...dicine-a-guide

    For clinical psychology first you need to have a course accredited by the BPS, a 'conversion' masters course in psychology would do this (make sure its accredited), you can get a just over £10k masters loan for this, though any money you need past that you will have to get (the loan is for the fees+living, fees will vary from uni to uni)

    Then you need a 3-year Taught Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, these are very competitive to get onto and relevant work experience may be required but do have full funding available (fees + living)

    So

    1. As for your chances of getting into either I cant really say as there are too many factors. To get an offer for GEM you will need to do relevant work experience and volunteering as well as any entrance exams for it etc, then you get your degree medicine then do your F1+F2 t then you get onto the specialist training programme in psychiatry.

    2. You can get most of the funding for medicine (funding mentioned in first paragraph) and all of the funding for the clinical psychology stuff (masters is 10k loan, phd is funded)

    3. Both of these are are very competitive but people manage to get into either path every year so there is no reason why you cant (it might take more than one attempt)
 
 
 
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