School of Psychology

MSc Clinical Psychology

The MSc Clinical Psychology offers masters-level clinical training that will provide you with the practical experience and knowledge you need to fast-track your future career in clinical practice. You will acquire an advanced understanding of clinical practice and research with a hands-on approach to learning, with the training of key clinical skills embedded in all elements of this course.

This includes the acquisition of competencies and understanding of group and family work, the cognitive behavior approach, and interventions to encourage behavior change. Working alongside doctoral trainees, extensive access to service users will provide you with a secure foundation for clinical practice, or preparation for doctoral training in clinical psychology.

Careers with this subject

The programme is designed to provide the clinical training, experience, and skills that place graduates at a competitive advantage in the career pathways to professional clinical practice. Providing insight and instruction of NHS service delivery and clinical practice, graduates are provided with a secure foundation for clinical practice and research, and privileged preparation and perspective on further training opportunities. This has meant that many of our graduates successfully progress onto doctoral training in clinical psychology, or secure clinical roles in the NHS or third-sector organisations.

Key features

  • Learn through experience: activities that teach key clinical skills are embedded throughout the programme, allowing you to put your new knowledge directly into practice.
  • Obtain accreditation for clinical skills and competencies, with the option to study part-time alongside clinical practice.
  • Extensive access to service users provide a competitive advantage for the acquisition of real-world skills and experience.
  • Gain insights on further training by working alongside trainees and tutors on our clinical doctoral training programme (DClinPsy).

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • With the supervision and guidance of clinicians and clinical researchers, you will acquire specialist skills and knowledge that will prepare you for your clinical career pathway, with a focus on training related to the core concepts and techniques of clinical psychology.

    • PSYC791 Foundations of clinical psychology
      This module provides foundational knowledge in the theory and practice of clinical psychology, and the social, cultural and legal context in which mental health professions operate.
    • PSYC792 Understanding clinical interventions
      Learn the fundamental principles and techniques of the cognitive behavior approach, and the contemporary developments that address individual psychological difficulties within a biopsychosocial framework. Core clinical skills are introduced, including frameworks for listening, building a therapeutic alliance, communication, group-work, techniques for working with families, collaborative working, and monitoring change.
    • PSYC793 Core Competencies for Clinical Practice in Psychology
      With an introduction to the core competencies of clinical practice, the combination of experiential and reflective learning approaches used in this module will help you develop these competencies, and take control of your own professional development - identifying strengths, weaknesses and formulating plans for patient treatment.
      PSYC774 Supporting behavior change
      What makes a psychologically based intervention effective? Covering a range of contemporary interventions for clinical psychological and behavioural problems, you will learn to critically analyse the psychological mechanisms that underlie them, and the role that research plays in developing new interventions.
    • PSYC751 Asking psychological questions
      This module explores what it means to ask psychological questions, what good research questions look like, and how they shape how we produce new knowledge. Practical exercises will guide you to identify, critique and refine your own research questions.
    • PSYC752 Advanced research design for psychology
      Engage with advanced concepts in psychological research design, and learn to critically evaluate current research practice with practical exercises that will help you to operationalise your own research questions.
    • PSYC753 Data fluency
      Become fluent with numerical and textual data and learn the practical skills to visualize and communicate your insights, using best practices for reproducibility and transparency.
    • PSYC754 Advanced techniques for psychological research
      Advanced coverage of foundational techniques and introductions to specialist techniques for collecting and analyzing psychological data.
    • PSYC755 Advanced Interpretative methods
      Extending basic thematic analyses, this module provides an advanced treatment of interpretive and discursive techniques in psychology, introducing interpretative phenomenological, narrative, discourse and conversation analyses.
    • PSYC757 Success in science
      Science is a collaborative, social activity. This module explores psychological evidence and practical strategies that will help you make an impact in academic and professional life.
    • PSYC781 MSc Research project
      A research project conducted under the supervision of clinical tutors and research academics give you the opportunity to conduct an in-depth exploration a clinical research question of your own choosing.

    Optional modules

    • PSYC756 Communicating psychological research
      Learn how to communicate your research, both in writing and orally. This module introduces the skills required to write journal articles, present conference papers and posters, and write grant applications.
    • PSYC771 Issues in cognitive and brain science
      This module focuses on how cognitive and neuroscience approaches and techniques are combined to provide a convergent perspective that allows an improved understanding of behavior and the mind.
    • PSYC772 Issues in behaviour change
      Focusing on topical problem behaviours, this module examines contemporary issues in behavior change, as well as the theoretical and ethical issues the approach raises.
    • PSYC773 The brain and its disorders
      Learn how the biological, psychological, and social aspects of neurological disorders are informed through investigations of functional neuroanatomy, including both congential and developmental disorders, as well as acquired neurology.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Clinical Psychology programme specification 6481

Entry requirements

Most students will hold an honours degree, usually a 2:1 or higher. There is no requirement that the degree is in psychology, and the programme is open to medical and other professionals who wish to update or augment their knowledge and skills in applied clinical psychology. Applicants that can also demonstrate their ability to thrive on this programme through current or previous professional experience will also be taken into consideration. Please note that this programme does not confer graduate basis for recognition by the British Psychological Society, applicants seeking this recognition should apply to our MSc Psychology programme.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required, with a normal minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency of 6.5. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

Fees, costs and funding

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Alumni loyalty reward for postgraduate study

From September 2018, the University applies a discretionary alumni reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • a 20 per cent discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MChem, MEng, MGeol, MPsych, MSci, ResM and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward.

For further details, and contact information, please review our alumni discount policy.

International students

A range of scholarships are available for international students.

How to apply

Apply for postgraduate study using our postgraduate online application form.

Within your online application please attach a copy of your current CV in the section entitled ‘work experience’, outlining your academic progress and/or work experience.

In addition, within the section ‘personal statement/proposal’ please type or attach a reflective report of no more than 1000 words that includes the following details:

  • Your personal experiences and reflections on mental health.
  • Demonstration of your potential to adhere to the NHS’ values, and to acquire the skills and aptitudes of a professional psychologist.
  • Your reflections on what you consider to be the opportunities and challenges of undertaking further study in the field of mental health and clinically related psychology.
  • Reflections on your own resilience and preparedness for a challenging course.
  • Your experiences of working, volunteering or research in fields related to mental health (if this applies; it is not a requirement that you have this experience to access the programme).

Please also note that if your application is approved, your place will be provisional on the results of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) statement.