doctorate in clinical practice (DClinPrac)

Run by the University of Exeter

Supported by the British Psychotherapy Foundation

  • deadline for applications (September 2019 start): Wednesday 31st July 2019
  • Accessible from the UK and Internationally

This programme is designed to provide training in research for qualified psychological therapists who are seeking to develop research in relation to psychodynamic/psychoanalytic or systemic clinical work in either a private practice or an organisational setting. Its aim is to develop innovatory research which combines psychoanalytic concepts and processes with established and emerging social science research methods.

who is it for

The programme is suitable for qualified psychological therapists who are seeking to develop research in relation to psychodynamic/psychoanalytic or systemic clinical work in either a private practice or an organisational setting.

If you would like to discuss your individual situation, you are welcome to contact us for an informal conversation.

course content

The first two years consist of teaching and assignments on clinical reflective practice and the understanding and utilisation of a variety of research methods that are central to the programme. The assignments include a small scale research project, a critical evaluation of a modality of therapy and a clinical and theoretical paper.

The final two years are dedicated to the major research project.

Your major project needs to be in one of the clinical areas of:

  • Treatment outcome;
  • Treatment process;
  • Treatment context;
  • Conceptual research relevant to your area of clinical practice;
  • Basic science underpinning elements relevant to an area of clinical practice.

On this programme we have two main frameworks for combining psychoanalytic and social science research, thereby extending perspectives on contemporary clinical and cultural issues:

  1. Applying psychoanalytic concepts and processes to established and emerging social science research methodologies;
  2. Applying social science research methodologies to psychoanalytic concepts and processes;

structure

In the first two years of the doctoral programme students attend two compulsory block weeks in Exeter each year and two Learning Sets per term These Learning Sets can be joined remotely if necessary. In the second two years students are working on their major research project with the support of research supervisors and the twice termly Learning Sets.

The final thesis is a 50,000 word thesis or, 3 published papers with a linking paper (if a student wishes to do this they have to submit their research proposal explicitly stating this as the university needs to approve this, and this takes time).

entry requirements

Masters level qualification or equivalent.

how to apply

We are now considering applications for September 2019. The application deadline is Wednesday 31st July 2019.

For details of application forms and processes please contact: dclinprac@exeter.ac.uk

resources

Currently there are no resources available for this course.

access information

The University building and the current learning set locations are wheelchair accessible.

contact us

For details of application forms and processes please contact: dclinprac@exeter.ac.uk

For an informal discussion please email: R.F.Mizen@exeter.ac.uk or E.Weightman@exeter.ac.uk

The bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society. The bpf values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.