The University of East Anglia clinical psychology doctoral course is a partnership between the University, the NHS, and practising clinical psychologists in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. We value the support of practising clinical psychologists highly; and they are involved in all aspects of the course organisation and teaching and have many links with University. We offer supervisor training, study days and a highly valued series of masterclasses in cognitive behavioural therapy.
The course is based within the Department of Clinical Psychology within the inter-disciplinary Norwich Medical School (MED) which is based within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The School provides a unique environment for training clinical psychologists to work in the NHS of the future. There are five Departments within Norwich Medical School: 1) Clinical Psychology, 2) Nutrition, 3) Medicine, 4) Population Health and Primary Care, and 5) Medical Education. Within the School and wider Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences there is an active and enthusiastic programme of research with substantial strengths in psychological sciences and mental health, biomedical sciences, nutrition, clinical sciences, epidemiology and public health, health economics, health services research and rehabilitation and nursing sciences. We have over 140 live research projects. Well over two thirds of our research is recognised to be of international standing; well over a third is judged to be world-leading. Last year we received more than £25m in funding from organisation such as the UK Research Council, The European Commission and the World Health Organisation. We continue to build our portfolio of work. We continue to recruit more experts – 12 more senior clinical academics alone over the next three years.
The research strategy of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences encourages and supports work across the Faculty and capitalises on strengths in each of the three Schools: the Norwich Medical School, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Nursing Sciences. Members of the Faculty also work closely with other researchers and scientists across the University and across the member organisations of the Norwich Research Park, an internationally recognised centre of research excellence.
The Department of Clinical Psychology within Norwich Medical School is based in attractive accommodation on the University campus. We have an active and robust programme of research and are currently running clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of psychological therapies with children who have obsessive compulsive disorder, children and adolescents with depression, and adults with Asperger Syndrome who have difficulties with anxiety. Other clinical trials involve the used of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, psychological therapies for people with psychosis, and psychological therapies within forensic mental health care. Further research programmes involve people with PTSD, children and adults with brain injury, as well as people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. We also have studies running which are investigating cognitive biases within emotional disorders, and have projects within health and developmental psychology. Our research programmes are funded from a number of sources including the MRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, Action Medial Research, NIHR-RfPB, NIHR-TCC, NIHR-RISC, NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research and the NIHR HTA programme.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 78% of our research was assessed as being of international standing, and 37% as world leading or internationally excellent.