Study Days

The DClinPsy programme is research-led in terms of teaching, clinical practice, and independent research. Trainees can use their study time for relevant reading, completing course assignments, working on the Small-scale Service-related Research Project (SSRP), and Thesis research.

Study time is provided each year according to the academic demands of the programme. More study time is provided in Year 3 to reflect the increased demands of Thesis research (e.g., data collection, analysis, write-up etc.). If in discussion with the research supervisor, a Thesis is deemed to require more study time in Year 2 rather than Year 3 (e.g., data collection needs to starts in the summer of Year 2) then a request can be submitted to the Senior Management Group (SMG) for consideration (request including proposed number of study days and justification to be emailed to the Programme Administrator, DClinPsy@exeter.ac.uk). Please note, that although it might be possible to reallocate study time in Years 2 and 3, this will impact on clinical placement time and thus requires careful consideration of each individual request.

Trainees can use the allocated study time in each year according to their own study demands.

In negotiation with the clinical supervisor, clinical tutor, and research tutor, some placement time can also be used for the SSRP (in Years 1 and 2) and relevant clinical reading.

Details of the number of study days allocated are shown on each year’s timetable. As a general indication of the number of days the following can be used as a guide, but check the timetable as each year bank holidays and other public holidays change the timing to some degree. 

Year 1: In Year 1 you will have approximately 23 study days (which includes spare time during selection and appraisal periods), 115 days on placement, and 27 days of annual leave. The rest of your time will be spent in academic sessions. Trainees should aim to spend approximately half of their study days (at the trainee’s discretion) on the research proposal and the Small-scale Service-related Research Project (SSRP).

Year 2: In Year 2 you will have approximately 42 study days (which includes spare time during mini-viva, selection and appraisal periods), 105 days in placement and 27 days of annual leave. The rest of your time will be spent in academic sessions. Trainees should aim to spend approximately half of their study days (at the trainee’s discretion) on the Thesis and the Small-scale Service-related Research Project (SSRP).

Year 3: In Year 3 you will have approximately 64 study days, 116 days in placement and 27 days of annual leave. Trainees should aim to spend approximately two-thirds of their study days (at the trainee’s discretion) on the Thesis. The rest of your time will be spent in academic sessions.

Please note the exact number of days may change over the course of your training.

Guidance for use of Study Days

General rules about study days:

  • Study days have been indicated in the timetable. 
  • If you wish to swap a study day with a placement day please negotiate this with your placement supervisor.
  • If you wish to swap a study day with annual leave (outside of the teaching block) please again negotiate with your placement supervisor(s) and let the programme administrator know about annual leave. Please remember that you cannot take annual leave during a teaching block. 

Specific rules for use of study days and annual leave:

  1. Annual leave: Annual leave can be taken outside of the teaching blocks if it is negotiated with your supervisor. Please inform the Programme Administrator in advance of taking leave.
  2. Swapping: Study days may be swapped for annual leave days or placement days with certain limitations. During teaching blocks you may not be able to do this.
  3. Flexible use: All study days can be used flexibly depending on your own work plan (see Research Handbook for guidance on the proportion of study days that should be used for research).
  4.  Mini-viva/Appraisal/Selection periods: Mini-viva days, appraisal days, and selection days should be used for study time when you are not having your mini-viva/appraisal or helping with selection.