Clinical Psychologist with a patient in a clinical setting.

Clinical Psychology


Find out about the research opportunities in Clinical Psychology

Why Study Clinical Psychology?

This three year doctoral programme is a collaborative venture between the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Bangor University. It has several unique features which our students really value:

  • 1st Clinical Psychology taught doctoral programme in the UK
  • Commended by the BPS for our exceptionally close links with clinicians within BCUHB 
  • Close links with The School of Psychology, an academic psychology department that is highly rated for both research and teaching (Top 10 for student Satisfaction – NSS 2020, Top 20 for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2021, 89% of research internationally excellent or world leading – REF 2014)
  • Clinical placements can be undertaken within the large geographical area of North Wales, which extends from Wrexham to Pwllheli, Holyhead to Newtown and Dolgellau
  • Opportunities for bilingual clinical practice and supervision
  • Additional funding to undertake Welsh language training from beginner to advanced levels       

During our last accreditation visit in February 2019, the programme was accredited by the BPS, and re-validated by Bangor University. We were commended for several aspects of the programme:

  • the multi-layered support systems available to our trainees
  • innovative outreach work to secondary schools
  • our commitment to meeting the needs of the local population
  • our efforts to improve Welsh language mental health provision and develop skills in a cultural, linguistic and social context
  • the engagement and enthusiasm of the local Clinical Psychologists involved in the training
  • the psychological and psychotherapeutic contribution to the regional community and service delivery.

Career Opportunities in Clinical Psychology

All our trainees to date have obtained employment as Clinical Psychologists after qualifying from the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme. A large group remain in North Wales and work in clinical services. A smaller group move away, but often return when posts become available in North Wales. Once qualified, some trainees have gone on to work in the private and third sector, or have taken academic and research positions.

Top 20

for Research Quality

Complete University Guide 2021


of research output either world-leading or internationally excellent and 17th overall

Research Excellence Framework (2014)

Our Research in Clinical Psychology

Research in the School of Psychology reflects two key approaches. First is the development and study of interventions to promote well-being, from early childhood to older age. Intervention was at the heart of the School’s agenda at its inception more than 50 years ago, and remains central to our research identity today. Our second key approach is cognitive neuroscience, where we have invested heavily in staff and specialised research facilities, to investigate perception and action; language and development; and social cognition.  

Research supervision in NWCPP is provided by the programme team, clinical psychologists and colleagues in the School of Psychology.  Recently research has been conducted in several areas, including: attachment in sex offenders, fatherhood in deprived communities, KiVa bullying programmes in primary schools, BDT in ID services, social strategies in ASD, and DBT skills in inpatient services. For a full list of thesis titles, please look at

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