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hi, i'm a current y13 with a firmed offer to study neuroscience and psychology with a placement year at kcl in september. i want to do clinical psychology in the future, and was just wondering if its likely that i would be accepted for a clinical psychology doctorate over straight psychology students. my degree is bps accredited obviously, but i'm just concerned that i won't be considered when compared to others. thoughts?
Original post by ifraaa_
hi, i'm a current y13 with a firmed offer to study neuroscience and psychology with a placement year at kcl in september. i want to do clinical psychology in the future, and was just wondering if its likely that i would be accepted for a clinical psychology doctorate over straight psychology students. my degree is bps accredited obviously, but i'm just concerned that i won't be considered when compared to others. thoughts?


Don’t see why they would over the degree, the dclin is very competitive, usually takes applicants a couple years to successfully apply. Experience is far more important if you are concerned about being compared against other applicants there are jobs you can get during your degree and after your degree that will help you get onto the Dclin, but it’s extraordinarily rare that someone is successful immediately after graduation.
Hope this helps 😊
Original post by ifraaa_
hi, i'm a current y13 with a firmed offer to study neuroscience and psychology with a placement year at kcl in september. i want to do clinical psychology in the future, and was just wondering if its likely that i would be accepted for a clinical psychology doctorate over straight psychology students. my degree is bps accredited obviously, but i'm just concerned that i won't be considered when compared to others. thoughts?

Hello, congratulations on the offer! As long as your degree is BPS accredited, I don't see why it would put you at a disadvantage. As far as I know, the main thing that DClinPsy applications look for is relevant skills and work experience - so as long as you can achieve those then you have as good of a shot (if not better) as anyone else!
-Kat (2nd Year Psychology BSc student at Lancaster Uni)
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Original post by ifraaa_
hi, i'm a current y13 with a firmed offer to study neuroscience and psychology with a placement year at kcl in september. i want to do clinical psychology in the future, and was just wondering if its likely that i would be accepted for a clinical psychology doctorate over straight psychology students. my degree is bps accredited obviously, but i'm just concerned that i won't be considered when compared to others. thoughts?

As long as you have clinically relevant work experience then you should be fine. If you're interested in becoming a clinical neuropsychologist, doing a neuroscience and psychology degree may actually give you an advantage over other applicants. Obviously the process is very long and incredibly competitive. Although you are doing a placement year, keep in mind that this won't be enough for you to apply to the DClinPsy straight out of university. You'll usually need 12 full time paid work experience in a clinically relevant area. This could be anything from being an assistant psychologist to a research assistant in psychological trials to a psychological wellbeing practitioner. If you're going to apply for a position that requires further training (e.g. PWP), if the course if funded by the NHS, please note that you'll have to wait 2 years from the date of completion to apply for another paid course (DClinPsy). This means that if you were to become a PWP, you would have to wait train and work as one for 3 years before being eligible to apply for the DClinPsy. If that's not a commitment you want to make, then applying to roles that don't require further training, such as assistant psychologists, might be the better option for you.

I am currently in Year 12 and was once an aspiring clinical psychologist too but I'm going down the legal route instead now - hope everything works out for you at KCL!

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