2018 cohort onwards

Introduction

The thesis is the largest piece of research work undertaken by trainees on the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees usually begin work on this in the first year of study immediately following their completion of the first part of the Thesis Preparation Assignment and submit in March of their third year of study. They are normally examined during the summer of their third year.

Information about the thesis

The thesis consists of an investigation involving human participants within a subject of relevance to the theory and practice of clinical psychology, with the results constituting a substantial contribution to existing knowledge. In terms of scope, the DClinPsy thesis is smaller than a PhD and only includes one research chapter. Trainees should aim to produce work that is of a publishable standard. The word count limits for the three papers within the thesis are 8,000 words for the systematic literature review, 8,000 words for the research paper and 4,000 words for the critical appraisal. It is expected that the systematic literature review and research paper are submitted for publication.

For more information on the thesis, please see the Thesis process guidance for trainees in the online handbook.

For a list of titles of the theses submitted by trainees in the past 10 years please see the previous thesis topics section of the online handbook.

Approximate timeline for the thesis

Thesis Preparation Assignment (TPA) & Thesis
YEAR 1
Sep – Oct
  • Thesis supervisor allocated
Nov – Dec
  • TPA proposal form submitted
Jan – Mar
  • TPA introduction draft read
  • TPA literature review section submitted
Apr – June
  • Finalise thesis topic
  • Identify Field supervisor
  • TPA thesis proposal section submitted
Jul – Sep
  • Thesis proposal reviewed
  • Thesis contract / action plan meeting
  • Identify ethics committee(s) to apply to. Get relevant forms and deadlines for submission.
YEAR 2
Oct – Dec
  • Hand in complete draft ethics proposal.
  • Finalise ethics proposal and submit for ethical approval.Decide on topic for Systematic Literature Review chapter and begin collecting references
Jan – Mar
  • Obtain ethical approval for thesis study.
  • Draft introduction and method of Systematic literature review chapter
Apr-Jun
  • Draft introduction and method to Empirical paper
  • Data collection
  • Begin analysis
Jul – Sep
  • Complete data collection
  • Review literature for Systematic review
  • Identify topic for critical appraisal chapter
YEAR 3
Oct– Dec
  • Draft results and discussion of systematic literature review chapter
  • Complete analysis of data
  • Draft results and discussion of  empirical paper
Jan – Mar
  • Draft critical appraisal
  • Final drafts of  other chapters
  • Final formatting of thesis
  • SUBMIT THESIS
Apr – Aug
  • Viva voce examination
  • Corrections to thesis as required

Presentations

The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day in the June of their final year. This event is an opportunity for the trainees to showcase their research to peers, programme staff, course stakeholders and service users. The day is a stimulating experience and we very much welcome field supervisors to attend. The presentation day will usually feature a seminar from a guest speaker. Copies of presentations from previous years can be downloaded from the programme website. An invitation is usually circulated in May; please contact Sarah Heard (details below) for more information.

Contact details

For more information about the practical arrangements for the thesis please contact Sarah Heard, Research Coordinator, either by phone, 01524 592754, or email, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk. Please contact Ian Smith, Research Director (i.smith@lancaster.ac.uk) with any other queries.

2014 to 2017 cohort

Introduction

The thesis is the largest piece of research work undertaken by trainees on the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees usually begin work on this in the second year of study and submit in May of their third year of study. They are normally examined during the summer of their third year.

Information about the thsis

The thesis consists of an investigation involving human participants within a subject of relevance to the theory and practice of clinical psychology, with the results constituting a substantial contribution to existing knowledge. In terms of scope, the DClinPsy thesis is less than a PhD and only includes one research chapter. Trainees should aim to produce work that is of a publishable standard. The word count limits for the three papers within the thesis are 8,000 words for the literature review, 8,000 words for the research paper and 4,000 words for the critical appraisal. It is expected that the literature review and research paper are submitted for publication.

For more information on the thesisplease see the Thesis process guidance for trainees in the online handbook.

For a list of titles of the theses submitted by trainees in the past 10 years please see the previous thesis topics section of the online handbook.

Approximate timeline for the assignment

Year Period Actions
2 June/July You will be contacted by the course for potential project ideas.
By December Your project ideas circulated to trainees, and you will be approached by trainees interested in your project ideas. Please feel free to contact the Research Coordinator if you have any questions at this point s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk
December/ January You will work with your trainee and their academic supervisor to make the idea suitable for a thesis in content and methodology. Negotiate a research contract between you, the trainee and the academic supervisor. This document outlines the responsibilities of the various individuals involved.
3 December – January You should start receiving initial drafts of the thesis from the trainee.
March/April You should receive a final draft of the thesis from the trainee.
May The trainee submits the thesis
June The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day which you will be invited to attend.
June – July The trainee attends the viva examination.
August You can now finalise publication plans with the trainee.

Presentations

The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day in the June of their final year. This event is an opportunity for the trainees to showcase their research to peers, programme staff, course stakeholders and service users. The day is a stimulating experience and we very much welcome field supervisors to attend. The presentation day will usually feature a seminar from a guest speaker. Copies of presentations from previous years can be downloaded from the programme website. An invitation is circulated around May; please contact Sarah Heard (details below) for more information.

Contact details

For more information about the practical arrangements for the thesis please contact Sarah Heard, Research Coordinator, either by phone, 01524 592754, or email, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk. Please contact Ian Smith, Research Director (i.smith@lancaster.ac.uk) with any other queries.

2013 cohort

Introduction

The thesis is the largest piece of research work undertaken by trainees on the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees begin work on this in the second year of study and submit in the May of their third year of study. They are examined during the summer of their third year.

Information about the assignment

The thesis consists of an investigation involving human participants within a subject of relevance to the theory and practice of clinical psychology, with the results constituting a substantial contribution to existing knowledge. In terms of scope, the DClinPsy thesis is less than a PhD and only includes one research ‘chapter’. Trainees should aim to produce work that is of a publishable standard. The word count limits for the three papers within the thesis are 8,000 words for the literature review, 8,000 words for the research paper and 4,000 words for the critical appraisal. It is expected that the literature review and research paper are submitted for publication.

For more information on the assignment please see the Thesis process guidance for trainees in the online handbook.

Approximate timeline for the assignment

Year Period Actions
2 June/July You will be contacted by the course for potential project ideas.
September Your project ideas will be presented to trainees at the thesis planning day.
September – November You will be approached by trainees interested in your project ideas. If you are not approached by the end of December you can assume that your project idea has not been taken up. Please feel free to contact the Research Coordinator if you have any questions at this point, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk.
December/ January You will work with your trainee and their academic supervisor to make the idea suitable for a thesis in content and methodology.
February – May If your suggested idea is chosen the trainee will arrange for a research contract to be agreed between you, the trainee and the academic supervisor (one of the course team). This document outlines the responsibilities of the various individuals involved.
3 December – January You should start receiving initial drafts of the thesis from the trainee.
March/April You should receive a final draft of the thesis from the trainee.
May The trainee submits the thesis
June The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day which you will be invited to attend.
June – July The trainee attends the viva examination.
August You can now finalise publication plans with the trainee and their academic supervisor.

Presentations

The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day in the June of their final year. This event is an opportunity for the trainees to showcase their research to peers, programme staff, course stakeholders and service users. The day is a stimulating experience and we very much welcome field supervisors to attend. The presentation day will usually feature a seminar from a guest speaker. Copies of presentations from previous years can be downloaded from the programme website. An invitation is circulated around May; please contact Sarah Heard (details below) for more information.

Contact details

For more information about the practical arrangements for the thesis please contact Sarah Heard, Research Coordinator, either by phone, 01524 592754, or email, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk.

2012 cohort

Introduction

The thesis is the largest piece of research work undertaken by trainees on the Lancaster Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Trainees begin work on this in the second year of study and submit in the May of their third year of study. They are examined during the summer of their third year.

Information about the assignment

The thesis consists of an investigation involving human participants within a subject of relevance to the theory and practice of clinical psychology, with the results constituting a substantial contribution to existing knowledge. In terms of scope, the DClinPsy thesis is less than a PhD and only includes one research ‘chapter’. Trainees should aim to produce work that is of a publishable standard. The word count limits for the three papers within the thesis are 8,000 words for the literature review, 8,000 words for the research paper and 4,000 words for the critical appraisal. It is expected that the literature review and research paper are submitted for publication.

For more information on the assignment please see the Thesis process guidance for trainees in the online handbook.

Approximate timeline for the assignment

Year Period Actions
2 June/July You will be contacted by the course for potential project ideas.
September Your project ideas will be presented to trainees at the thesis planning day which you are welcome to attend.
September – November You will be approached by trainees interested in your project ideas. If you are not approached by the end of November you can assume that your project idea has not been taken up. Please feel free to contact the Research Coordinator if you have any questions at this point, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk.
December/ January You will work with your trainee and their academic supervisor to make the idea suitable for a thesis in content and methodology.
February – May If your suggested idea is chosen the trainee will arrange for a research contract to be agreed between you, the trainee and the academic supervisor (one of the course team). This document outlines the responsibilities of the various individuals involved.
3 December – January You should start receiving initial drafts of the thesis from the trainee.
March/April You should receive a final draft of the thesis from the trainee.
May The trainee submits the thesis
June The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day which you will be invited to attend.
June – July The trainee attends the viva examination.
August You can now finalise publication plans with the trainee.

Presentations

The trainees present their findings at the third year presentation day in the June of their final year. This event is an opportunity for the trainees to showcase their research to peers, programme staff, course stakeholders and service users. The day is a stimulating experience and we very much welcome field supervisors to attend. The presentation day will usually feature a seminar from a guest speaker. Copies of presentations from previous years can be downloaded from the programme website. An invitation is circulated around May; please contact Sarah Heard (details below) for more information.

Contact details

For more information about the practical arrangements for the thesis please contact Sarah Heard, Research Coordinator, either by phone, 01524 592754, or email, s.heard@lancaster.ac.uk.