The aim of the research curriculum is to ensure that you gain experience in using a range of research approaches and obtain a sophisticated understanding of the evidence base underlying clinical practice. Training in research skills occurs throughout the three years.
There are three research projects to be completed over the three years. You start with a data analysis project, using large publicly available data sets.  During our annual research fair, BCUHB clinical psychologists share ideas from their department with the trainees for research projects, either service related research or the large scale research projects. The service related research project is completed during the second year of the programme. Throughout the programme, you work on your large scale research project which forms your doctoral thesis. The thesis comprises of a literature review or meta-analysis, an empirical study and a paper on the clinical and research implications of your work. This work is expected to be of a publishable standard and in the last five years alone over 30 trainee’ papers have been published in academic journals. In your final year you have a viva, where you defend your thesis.

The research team endeavour to support you to do projects in your areas of interest, rather than being assigned projects from a list. Recent theses include research on: the causal impact of paediatric head injury on behaviour, young people at risk of psychosis’ experiences of adventure therapy, and area-level social capital as a protective factor against psychiatric admissions.  (For a full list of thesis titles, please look at Research supervision is provided by the programme team, local clinical psychologists and colleagues in the School of Psychology. Research in clinical and clinical health psychology is one of the strengths of the School of Psychology. The programme supports research projects from across the scientist practitioner tradition, using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 

We hold an annual research conference where the trainees present their research projects through presentations or posters. We invite new entry trainees to this conference before they start on the programme.