3. Time allocation and the Research Module structure

3.1. Time Allocation for Research

Trainees are allocated dedicated study time in each year to assist them in undertaking self-directed learning as specified in their individualised research programme and to complete the specified research activities. For general guidance on study days, please see Research Skills in Clinical Psychology (PSYD044) on  ELE.

3.2. Programme Requirements and Assessment

The research module follows the guidelines of the overall programme on Pass/Fail marks. Please refer to the programme chapter for specifics on progression rules. The components of the research requirements, assignments, and assessments are summarised in Research Chapter Table 1, which provides a brief overview of the research module requirements and Research Chapter Table 2 which gives a detailed overview of assessed research components in the order that they have to be completed. (Summative = formally marked. Formative = not formally marked but receive guidance and feedback). Please also see the specific marking guidelines for the assessed work, and the Code of Good Practice: Board of Examiners for Degrees by Research.

3.3. Research Monitoring and Responsibilities

In line with University policy, trainees should keep notes of research supervision sessions and share these with supervisors. Trainees should participate in the MyPGR system (guidelines and guidebook available). This is an interactive supervision tracking system required by the College for all PGR students. Trainees should record meeting dates and supervision notes on this system. The system will send an email to the supervisor, who will then sign off on the note. Trainee notes should include the content of the supervision session and any actions that have been mutually agreed.

Research progress will be regularly monitored by the research tutor team. This will involve a monthly review of MyPGR entries and a monthly update from supervisors. If any concerns are raised, then these will be discussed with the trainee and supervisor and an action plan will be put in place.

In addition, at the end of each academic year (approximately April/May), trainees and research supervisors are required to complete a CLES annual progress report. Trainees and supervisors will be informed of the report by MyPGR. Completing the report is mandatory and failure to comply could affect PGR registration status. The reports will be reviewed by the CLES Director of PGR, the DClinPsy Research Director(s), and the CLES PGR Manager. If there is a concern, these will be discussed with the trainee and supervisor and an action plan will be put in place. The action plan is intended to assist the trainee in making appropriate progress. If appropriate progress on that particular project is not possible, or if mitigating circumstances are present, steps to assist the trainee in completing a research project in an appropriate time frame will be discussed. For further information, please see the Code of Good Practice: Annual Research Student Monitoring Exercise.

As PGR students, trainees are expected to read and comply with the following University documents, specifically:


3.4. Module description

The research module comprises one of the three necessary modules for the DClinPsy (see Programme Specification). Taken together the three DClinPsy modules form the basis for the academic, clinical, and research skills that participants require to practice as clinical psychologists. The Research Chapter Module Description provides the Intended Learning Outcomes (linked to the Standards for Doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology 2014), syllabus plan, and details of assessment for the research elements of the DClinPsy.