School of Psychology.

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the programmes available in the School of Psychology.

The School of Psychology is one of the strongest and most active psychology departments in the country. We are ranked among the top three psychology departments for research and have a reputation for excellent teaching.

There is an opportunity for a live Q&A with Dr Fay Julal, Deputy Director for Postgraduate Taught programmes for the School between 10.30am-12noon. Fay is responsible for admissions for the following postgraduate taught programmes: MSc Psychology, MA Psychology, and MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dr Elizabeth Kent will be available between 13:00-14:00 to answer your questions about postgraduate programmes in Clinical Psychology.

Seven of our postgraduate mentors are part of the School of Psychology:

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the School.

More information about our postgraduate courses

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Fay Julal

    Fay Julal is a lecturer in the School of Psychology, and Programme Lead for the MA Psychology. (Live Q&A 10:30-12:00)

  • Dr Elizabeth Kent

    Elizabeth Kent is Clinical Tutor on the ClinPsyD Course. (Live Q&A 13:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Psychology. live event.
Rachel asked:

Thanks, Faye, Can you tell me which the more clinically oriented degrees are in the school? Or whom to contact to find out? Many thanks.

Elizabeth Kent replied:

Hi Rachel

There are a number of courses which train people in practicing cognitive behavioural therapy and information can be gained from the school website about these.

There is also the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme. For this candidates would need to have 1 years full time equivalent of clinically relevant experience (being supervised by a clinical psychologist), in addition to a bachelors degree in Psychology (usually of 2:1 or above). There is not an automatic route onto this programme, it is competitive through a clearing house:

If interested in working clinically with a forensic population there is the forensic psychology practice doctorate  or the forensic clinical doctorate which confers a dual qualification for working as a clinical and a forensic psychologist.

The school of psychology website has further details of all of these qualifications, routes to them and contact details if you wished to ask anything further.

I hope this helps



Rachel asked:

Hello, Can you tell me what courses are available if I would like to work as a therapist? Is there anything other than CBT at university of Birmingham? Is the MA the correct route for psychotherapy?

Elizabeth Kent replied:

Hi Rachel

As you say there are a number of courses which focus on CBT training here at Birmingham. (see the school website for further details)

However the Clinical Psychology Doctorate has a broader therapy base. As with all training courses to become a Clinical Psychologist CBT is one model of therapy that is required. However here at Birmingham we also teach and support placements using Psychodynamic therapies, behavioural frameworks and systemic thinking. There are also opportunities depending on availability to gain experience of other therapeutic models such as CAT, ACT, REBT…

Do have a look at the school of psychology website for further information about this course and the Clearing House website for information about Clinical Psychology courses nationwide, application criteria and process.

If you feel that this is not for you perhaps the UKCP which is the website for Psychotherapies might be helpful.

Rachel asked:

Hello, I am interested in practicing psychotherapy, can you tell me if there are any courses in the school of psychology to train in? What are the more clinical routs at the university for this? Thank you

Elizabeth Kent replied:

Hi Rachel

Thank you for your question.

In terms of becoming a practicing psychotherapist the UKCP  ( might be able to offer more information about courses and routes.

In terms of courses here at the University of Birmingham there are a range of courses that might interest you, including a variety of courses focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, on Compassion Focused Therapy and also the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Further information can be found on the website under ‘postgraduate courses, school of psychology’

I hope this is helpful



We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months, including school- and programme-specific ones, with specially made videos featuring staff, students, alumni and employers. Please check back to the main Virtual Open Day page ( now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Friday 4 March 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time.

Many thanks to our speakers for fielding questions today.


Joanna asked:

Hello. I have a question regarding language criterion. I’m EU national and completed my BSc (sandwich) in the UK. Do I still need IELTS or equivalent?

Elizabeth Kent replied:

Hi Joanna

That is a good question.

I am not certain of this but, I think that completion of a degree in the UK grants the candidate ‘proof’ of their ability to study in english and therefore does not necessitate IELTS.