What’s it like to study a PhD in Clinical Psychology?
Over the course of your PhD you’ll work with a supervisor to complete an individual research project. Many Clinical Psychology PhD projects in the UK are in partnership with NHS trusts, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to work with clinicians and patients and collect data using a variety of methods such as neuroimaging, behavioural testing, focus groups and surveys.
Possible research areas include:
- Violence/ offending behaviour
- Mood, anxiety and eating disorders
- Psychosis and complex mental health
There are a number of advertised Clinical Psychology PhDs in the UK. These are often delivered in partnership with NHS services, with the aim of improving mental health treatments. Students can also propose their own research projects.
Most of your research will be done independently, but you’ll often have the opportunity to discuss your work with fellow students and academics as part of a wider research group. You may also be encouraged to attend taught units that are relevant to your chosen topic. Many of the academics you’ll work with will hold clinical posts within the NHS, ensuring your research remains grounded in clinical practice.