Past trainees comments on the programme

Taken from the 2014 Alternative Handbook:

  • Research here is focused on two areas: neuropsychology and mood disorders, with an experimental emphasis. This will highly influence options for final research projects (few other options).
  • Exeter has a beautiful campus and it's a great city.
  • It can be really tough at first, particularly if you have had to move to do the course - don't underestimate how stressful change can be! Also, you will have continual change, as the placements are so short, so it feels as if you are only just getting used to one place and then you have to start all over again. It is very difficult to develop a sense of competence under these circumstances, which is hard for high-achievers used to being good at things. Make sure you pay enough attention to life outside the course because it is all too easy to let it swallow up all your time and energy, but you really need to have those other things in place for your own wellbeing.
  • Exeter is a great course if you want to get a good grounding in a lot of different approaches. It is more heavily weighted towards CBT but also has a strong component of systemic and psychodynamic teaching. The course has a view of the future of CPs and, hence, also aims to prepare you for a career in leadership and management. Social inequality is regularly a focus of discussions. Finally, attending teaching in Exeter (often staying overnight) can be an enjoyable experience however the long travel and being away from home can be challenging at times.
  • Exeter offers a balance of different clinical approaches and research. It allows trainees to explore different aspects of psychology and discover the type of psychologist they want to be. The variety of views amongst trainees and speakers leads to good debate.
  • This is a great course, with lots of opportunities.
  • Overall, I think there are many strengths to the Exeter course. I think it is a good course for people who want to be encouraged to decide what kind of psychologists they want to be for themselves rather than working from a model-specific approach.
  • I have nothing to compare with so it is difficult to judge my course but this course is right for you if you are easily self-motivated, have a strong support network around you, savvy with regard to academic bureaucracy and policy-adherence and keen on CBT, systemic and psychodynamic therapies.
  • Apply for it, you won’t regret it until maybe research deadline time.
  • It is a fantastic course with brilliant teaching from enthusiastic and knowledgeable facilitators. Having spoken to other trainees on other courses, I see that the Exeter course is one of the best courses in the UK. The course also has a great balance of treating you like an adult learner and being really flexible about how best to cater for each individual trainee. A fantastic course and experience.


"It is a fantastic course with brilliant teaching from enthusiatic and knowledgeable facilitators"