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I'm thinking of going into Clinical Psychology and doing a doctorate, but I have some questions haha!
I've heard some people say that if your undergraduate degree allowed you to undertake research in the clinical sector or you undertook many modules specialising in clinical areas, then there's no need to do a Masters that further specialises in Clinical Psychology. But then I've heard that a masters degree enhances your application for a DClinPsy programme? Say if my undergrad degree allowed me to do a clinical placement, and my dissertation was specialised in an area within clinical psychology, would there be any point of doing a masters and ending up in more student debt? Any advice would be very much appreciated!!😊😊
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Hi!
I'm thinking of going into Clinical Psychology and doing a doctorate, but I have some questions haha!
I've heard some people say that if your undergraduate degree allowed you to undertake research in the clinical sector or you undertook many modules specialising in clinical areas, then there's no need to do a Masters that further specialises in Clinical Psychology. But then I've heard that a masters degree enhances your application for a DClinPsy programme? Say if my undergrad degree allowed me to do a clinical placement, and my dissertation was specialised in an area within clinical psychology, would there be any point of doing a masters and ending up in more student debt? Any advice would be very much appreciated!!😊😊
A postgraduate qualification is not a requirement of the DClinPsy program. However, the courses are extremely competitive, so any additional training/ study/ experience will go in your favour. You will need a good amount of relevant experience, preferably working alongside clinical psychologists, as well as a good BSc degree (2:1 or above). A postgraduate qualification could help you get more relevant work experience and will give you something extra to put on your application, so it wouldn't be a waste of time/ money if you are certain you want to go for the doctorate.
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A postgraduate qualification is not a requirement of the DClinPsy program. However, the courses are extremely competitive, so any additional training/ study/ experience will go in your favour. You will need a good amount of relevant experience, preferably working alongside clinical psychologists, as well as a good BSc degree (2:1 or above). A postgraduate qualification could help you get more relevant work experience and will give you something extra to put on your application, so it wouldn't be a waste of time/ money if you are certain you want to go for the doctorate.

Ah thank you for your advice! I will have to look at the array of exoerience I have at the time of applying and see whether I am in a good position to undertake a Masters!
Is there any masters courses that allow you to do more work experience? I thought that Masters Programmes were a year long and consisted more of research dissertations etc. 😊
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Ah thank you for your advice! I will have to look at the array of exoerience I have at the time of applying and see whether I am in a good position to undertake a Masters!
Is there any masters courses that allow you to do more work experience? I thought that Masters Programmes were a year long and consisted more of research dissertations etc. 😊
That's generally the case, yes. I did mine at Manchester Met and it was MSc in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice and included a short placement, however ours were cancelled because of Covid.

What I meant, though, was that you might be more likely to get relevant job roles after completing a postgraduate qualification (e.g. assistant psychologist role) as these are usually very competitive.
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I've known some people who really struggled to gain any clinical experience and so enrolled on a two year masters with an integrated one year clinical placement to help strengthen their DClinPsy applications.

PG qualifications are not a requirement but it's important to remember that there are applicants with PhD's applying. It's just something else on your resume, plus it's evidence that you'd be able to research and work to a higher academic standard than the baseline undergraduate level.

Gaining work experience will be the most powerful thing in helping you approach the DClinPsy.
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Hi!
I'm thinking of going into Clinical Psychology and doing a doctorate, but I have some questions haha!
I've heard some people say that if your undergraduate degree allowed you to undertake research in the clinical sector or you undertook many modules specialising in clinical areas, then there's no need to do a Masters that further specialises in Clinical Psychology. But then I've heard that a masters degree enhances your application for a DClinPsy programme? Say if my undergrad degree allowed me to do a clinical placement, and my dissertation was specialised in an area within clinical psychology, would there be any point of doing a masters and ending up in more student debt? Any advice would be very much appreciated!!😊😊
Hey, will you be applying in October 2021 (to start in October 2022)?

I am currently doing my Masters because the university offers a placement and I couldn’t get an AP job by myself 🥲 but as far as I can see, you only really gain 1 ‘point’ for doing a Masters when they screen applications.

Unfortunately, most DClinPsy programmes don’t count your undergraduate dissertation as ‘research’ unless you got a publication out of it. So I would also think about where you can get research experience from in time being. Good luck.
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