University of Plymouth
Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology
NOTE: Detailed Programme Specific Regulations just for the Doctor of Clinical
Psychology Degree are contained in the Definitive Programme Document.
1.1 The duration of the programme is three calendar years full-time or an
equivalent duration part-time. The maximum period of registration is
three years longer than the planned duration, subject to an absolute
maximum of ten years for part-time students; any application for an
extension to the agreed period of registration must be submitted in
writing to the Faculty Business Manager (or nominee) for approval.
1.2 The Study Programme consists of:
- Teaching Blocks including Research Training (30 weeks)
- Clinical Placements (111 weeks)
- Study Periods (15 weeks)
2. ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS
The purposes of assessment are i) to assess a student's achievements as
objectively and reliably as is reasonably possible, ii) to aid learning by
providing feedback on student performance and iii) to provide a basis for
recommending successful completion of a part of the programme and for the
granting of an award.
Full details of the assessment programme are contained in the Definitive
2.1 Successful Completion of Doctor of Clinical Psychology Degree
Successful completion of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Degree is
defined as passing all of the requirements as specified in the Definitive
In the event of failure of any of the programme requirements the
Assessment Board will follow the procedures identified in the Definitive
Programme Document including the possibility of awarding a
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology or an MSc Degree in
Applied Psychology (as appropriate).
The Award Assessment Board has the option to require a student
whose extenuating circumstances will prevent the completion of the
award during the normal period of registration, or have prevented
her/him from making academic progress in the previous session, to
interrupt studies or withdraw from the programme.1
This regulation is subject to a case conference being held in line with the
Regulations for Late Coursework and Extenuating Circumstances.
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The Award Assessment Board also has the option to require a student
who has developed a health or other problem which prevents her/him
from meeting the learning outcomes of the programme to withdraw from
the programme. 1
2.2 Assessment Boards
The constitution of the Assessment Boards is shown in the definitive
2.3 Extenuating Circumstances
2.3.1 If a student has failed (or failed to sit/submit) all or part of an
assessment due to valid extenuating circumstances, the student
has a right to sit/submit the assessment as if for the first time 2 3 4
in a form and by a date to be determined by the Board. Similarly
if the student has passed the assessment but has submitted
valid extenuating circumstances which the Board believes may
have affected his/her performance, the student has a right to
sit/submit as if for the first time.
2.3.2 If the student is eligible for an award, the Award Assessment
Board may make the award but must also offer the student the
opportunity to sit/submit the assessments as if for the first time. 3
2.3.3 Valid extenuating circumstances enable the Board to exercise
discretion in respect of many of the provisions of these
2.4 Appeals Procedure
Students who wish to appeal against a decision of an Assessment
Board must follow the University Appeals Procedure.
Where a student misses a piece of coursework as a result of valid extenuating
circumstances, it is possible that the student may be offered the opportunity of a ‘first
submission’ prior to the Board. Alternatively the module leader may agree that where
the coursework element is made up of a number of coursework assignments, and
does not test learning outcomes which are not otherwise tested, it may be
disregarded in calculating the coursework mark. These actions should be reported to
the Award Assessment Board.
The use of the phrase ‘as if for the first time’ in Section 2.3 should be read as
meaning that the student will be offered another attempt without penalty, hence if the
assessment affected by the circumstances was a second/third attempt, the student
will be offered a sit/submit as if for the second/third time.
If the student opts to sit/submit as if for the first time, the mark achieved will stand
even if it is lower than that originally achieved.
Boards would be expected to confer the award for which the student was eligible, but
the student should also receive a letter confirming that s/he had the right to resit
specified modules, with a warning of the risk that this could involve, together with a
deadline (as for appeals) for formal response.
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2.5 Dual Registration
A student may not be registered concurrently on more than one full-
time programme of study. A student may be registered on more than
one part-time programme of study, provided the work or credits
contribute to only one award, unless specifically required or approved
by the University through the programme approval process.
Approved by the Vice-Chancellor on Behalf of the Academic Board 26 November
1993. Amended September 2000. Minor amendment September 2004, September
2005, October 2006, October 2007, October 2008
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