School of Psychology

MPsych (Hons) Clinical Psychology

Our four-year masters level programme will give you an academic preparation for a career in clinical psychology. Building on foundations of social, developmental, health, and cognitive psychology, you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. Specialist training and clinical skills provided in your masters year will then provide you with the experience and knowledge you need to fast-track your future career in clinical practice.

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Careers with this subject

The MPsych in Clinical Psychology provides an extension to the fundamental knowledge and competencies provided by our BSc programmes by providing the clinical training, experience, and skills that are valuable in the competitive career pathways to professional clinical practice. These provide practical insight to NHS service delivery in clinical practice, and an excellent foundation for practice or further clinical training.

Key features

  • Receive funding for your masters year with a student loan.
  • Build a thorough knowledge of psychology through the first three years of our BSc course, and extend it with an additional year of masters level study. This will provide the specialist training for professional clinical practice, interventions and clinical skills that will prepare you for clinical professions.
  • Practical insight into NHS service delivery in clinical practice an optional placement year.
  • Hands-on learning in our psychology experiential learning lab. We embedded practical activities throughout the course, so you can put new knowledge into practice and build the practical skills for future careers.
  • Free e-books, saving you over £1,500.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Your first-year modules provide a foundation of knowledge and skills across the breadth of psychology. Immersive modules integrate theory and practical workshops to provide a deeper exploration and of the psychology of learning and relationships. You will learn about the current debates in psychology as well as how our knowledge informs other disciplines.

    Core modules

    • Immersive module: Learning
    • Psychological Science
    • Debates in Psychology
    • Immersive module: Relationships
    • Topics in Psychology
    • Connecting Psychology

  • Year 2
  • With a focus on developing the research and practical skills clinical psychologists need to develop their practice. You will get hands-on experience in designing and testing your own experiments to explore a range of topics.

    Core modules

    • Research Skills in Practice
    • Cognitive and Biological Psychology
    • Individual Differences, Clinical, Social and Developmental Psychology
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Applied Psychology

  • Optional placement year
  • You can take an optional work placement after your second year to acquire real-world experience of clinical practice through our partners in the NHS or other settings.

  • Year 3
  • With complete freedom of choice from a wide range of current psychology topics, you can explore the areas of psychology that benefit you the most. A supervised research project also gives you the opportunity to work on a clinical research question, or learning how to use or improve a clinical assessment tool.

    Core modules

    • Current topics in psychology
    • Research project

  • Final year
  • In your final year, having completed three years to at least a second-class degree standard, you will progress to master’s level training in clinical psychology. 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.

    Core modules

    • Asking psychological questions
    • Data fluency
    • Advanced Interpretative methods
    • Supporting behaviour change
    • Foundations of clinical psychology
    • Understanding clinical interventions
    • Core competencies for Clinical Practice in Psychology
    • Applied clinical research

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 - 128

A Level: 120–128 points from a minimum of three A levels from any subjects (excluding General Studies).  

GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

BTEC 18 Unit National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM – any subject.

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall.
English – Advanced 4+ (A1) or 5 (A2/B); Standard 5+ (A1) or 6 (A2/B). Maths – Standard 4.

Other international qualifications considered – please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Access courses: Pass Access to HE Science/Combined Science/Humanities/Social Sciences course with 60 credits overall, to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at distinction and 15 credits at merit or higher.

Fees, costs and funding

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Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

A range of studentships, fee waivers and other funding for psychology students is also available for both UK/EU and international students.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

We've redesigned the way we teach psychology

We have listened to our students' feedback and created a new curriculum, where the focus is on active learning instead of attending lectures.

We are building a brand new learning resource for our students, the Psychology Experiential Learning Lab or PsychEL, where you will get first hand experience of psychology. In PsychEL, and in tutorials, you'll work with other students, collaborating to apply your knowledge to solve problems.

You can read more about our new first year modules here.

Find out more by watching the short video, or get more detail from our web pages.

Facilities in the School of Psychology

Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’re a well equipped department ready to support your research.

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Free e-Books

To give you a great start, if you are studying psychology as your only or major subject, we'll give you a free set of eBooks when you start your first year.

The complete set of eBooks is worth over £1500 – your main recommended reading for your core psychology lectures covered at no cost to you!

Free eBooks from the School of Psychology

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