Gain foundation knowledge in clinical psychology theory and practice.

As part of this MSc, you will gain an up-to-date knowledge of clinical psychology theory and practice, including research. You will study different ways of understanding mental health problems in adults and children, and share insights into relevant theories and the latest practice models applicable to the UK.

You will be introduced to the foundation skills of clinical psychology practice, including interviewing, observation and psychometric assessment.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time

Module Details:

Compulsory course units

Theme 1

You will study research methods, including research design, quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis and evaluation of clinical research. As an MSc level student, you will deepen your learning about the theory underpinning statistical analysis as well as the application of theory to methods.

Theme 2

You will study theoretical approaches to conceptualising mental health problems. You will learn about factors which affect mental health, psychological theories of emotional disorders and the evidence underpinning these.

Theme 3

You will study the principles that are important in the practical application of psychological theory to assess and intervene with clinical problems. This will include ethical and governance issues, assessment methods and the foundations of evidence-based psychological interventions.


The research apprenticeship and preliminary work before the summer will prepare you for the dissertation.

Student Destinations

Studying this course will set you up with the knowledge and professional skills required to move into a range of health service and research careers. It is particularly good preparation for work as an assistant psychologist, and a foundation for further postgraduate training or research in clinical psychology.

This course is not professionally accredited and will not provide you with a licence to practise.


Home/EU £9,500 Overseas £18,500

Entry Requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Your degree must be recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology, we will consider applicants who have successfully completed a BPS accredited Masters conversion degree.

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