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Phd in clincal psychology

Hi everyone!

I am from South Africa; I finished my Honours last year with 6 months clinical placement. I finished my degree with a 78% average and then soon after moved to the UK where I have been working as the counselling coordinator at a university in London, this includes coordinating the service and overseeing referrals while seeing my own caseload of high-risk students as well. I am also registered with the BPS. I just wanted to reach out to ask if I would be eligible to apply during the next intake with my degree and experience. I am also busy with a master's in psychology, but I am very unsure if I should finish the master's or take my chances and apply for a PhD program. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Original post by enzo123
Hi everyone!
I am from South Africa; I finished my Honours last year with 6 months clinical placement. I finished my degree with a 78% average and then soon after moved to the UK where I have been working as the counselling coordinator at a university in London, this includes coordinating the service and overseeing referrals while seeing my own caseload of high-risk students as well. I am also registered with the BPS. I just wanted to reach out to ask if I would be eligible to apply during the next intake with my degree and experience. I am also busy with a master's in psychology, but I am very unsure if I should finish the master's or take my chances and apply for a PhD program. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

If you want to apply for the doctorate in clinical psychology, be aware that this is a different course from a PhD, as in the UK you have to complete the DClinPsy to become a licensed clinical psychologist. Since you are doing a masters degree in psychology and are registered with the BPS, you would need to check the requirements of the university you want to complete the DClinPsy at. I would think that you should be eligible, but just double check and ask the universities directly. If you are applying for a PhD with no intention of becoming a clinical psychologist, but instead carrying out research into clinical psychology, I believe that most universities would only require you to have a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject and a masters if you have lower than a 2:2. Email and call different universities as only they can tell you whether you are eligible. I would definitely still take your chances and apply for the next intake, as your experience seems clinically relevant, which is what they will be looking for if you’re applying for the DClinPsy (or a PhD).
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My goal is definitely to become a clinical psychologist. Thank you so much. This has already helped so much!

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