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Psychology trainee completion rates


The following applies for the data released as part of the Psychology Services Workforce official statistics publication.

These statistics are included to show the probability that trainees on the Psychology courses in Scottish universities will complete their studies within a certain duration. They provide an indication of the length of time students spend in training, the proportion of course intakes available to enter the NHSScotland workforce and the likely timing of their availability.


Course completion probabilities are based on Kaplan-Meier survival estimates using the sample data of annual trainee intakes since records began, extracted from the Turas Programme Management System.

They are calculated and displayed separately for the two Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses, delivered through the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, the MSc Psychological Therapy in Primary Care and the MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People.

Trainees who have no completion date are right censored; this includes those who either didn’t complete the course or who are still undertaking training. Doctoral trainees with recognition of prior learning, i.e. those due to complete within two and a half years, are excluded from these calculations.

Completion estimates are presented by number of days since starting the course.