Your time on the course will be divided between academic work, clinical experience and research.
Following mandatory induction blocks each year, you’ll attend workshops, lectures and seminars and undertake online learning for up to two days per week throughout the course. The mandatory induction blocks will be for 2-5 days each week depending on the stage you’re at.
You’ll cover a broad range of topics in clinical psychology, giving you the knowledge required for your clinical placements and research.
In Years 1 and 2, teaching is closely linked with the competencies that are assessed on placements, while Year 3 teaching focuses more on specialist skills.
Throughout the course, you’ll undertake clinical placements in a variety of settings – you could be placed in hospitals, clinics, community centres or voluntary agencies. Placements can be located anywhere across the large geographical area of Staffordshire and Shropshire. You’re likely to be travelling some distance at times during training.
During each year-long placement module, you’ll typically work with two (and up to three) main supervisors on clinical placements, which can last from 5-12 months (typically six months). In your third year you may have a degree of choice over some of your placements, depending on circumstances and progress.
Your research activities will include:
- critical appraisal of literature
- a research proposal
- an examination of research methods and processes
- a service evaluation project
- a research thesis portfolio
You’ll have scope for choosing your research topics, provided they’re in line with staff interests, national and/or local research priorities and suitable supervision is available from University academics and local clinicians.
You’ll start your thesis early in Year 1 and complete it by the end of Year 3. The thesis portfolio is written up as two papers, written in a format suitable for submission to identified peer-reviewed journals, and an executive summary. The first paper, a literature review, is submitted at the end of Year 2.
You’ll have access to a wide range of University and NHS library and online resources, and you’ll be given training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and the process of conducting clinically relevant research.
Pathfinder West Midlands Mentoring Scheme
Ethnic minority groups are currently underrepresented on our programmes and within the profession of Clinical Psychology. The Pathfinder – West Midlands Mentoring Scheme is being funded by Health Education England (HEE), as part of a wider bid aimed at addressing ethnic inequity within the profession.
The Clinical Psychology programmes of Birmingham, Coventry & Warwick, and Staffordshire universities formed a partnership to develop a framework for a mentoring scheme that provides information to and supports aspiring clinical psychologists toward a career pathway in the clinical psychology profession. This scheme is called the Pathfinder - West Midlands Mentoring Scheme.