Masters | Postgraduate Course - Foundations of Clinical Psychology (1 year) MSc Course Details within University of Southampton

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Foundations of Clinical Psychology (1 year) MSc

Study Details

MSc 1 year

The Masters in the Foundations of Clinical Psychology offers a curriculum in which the central aim is to provide an educational experience which sets the profession of Clinical Psychology into a European and International context. Home students on this clinical psychology related MSc will have an appreciation of international professional issues and international students will gain an understanding of how to apply the principles of clinical psychology to developing service provision in their home countries, as well as gaining an understanding of service provision within the UK. This MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology programme will serve as an academic stepping stone to completion of a PhD in Psychology and will supplement students’ experience for application to professional training offered by Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology. This programme is approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Introducing your course

Start on a rewarding and knowledge enhancing path towards a career as a psychologist with the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton.Year 1.

Learn more about the key therapy skills of a clinical psychologist and their application in a multi-cultural setting, along with leadership and management skills for work in all sectors. Begin your journey in applying psychology to working with people through the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology.

Module details

Each module is assessed by a summative assignment. The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including an essay, a behavioural report and a case formulation.

Year 1


  • Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Skills
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Leadership and Management


  • Introduction to CBT Theory & Skills
  • CBT for Anxiety and Depression
  • Research Design and Practice
  • Applied Research Methods: Qualitative Methods
  • Applied Research Methods: Statistical Analysis of Comparisons & Group Differences
  • Applied Research Methods (ARM): Correlational Methods

Entry Requirements

Selection for this masters in psychology programme is on the basis of online application form with:

  • Personal statement
  • Degree certificate/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • Degree transcript/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • English Language qualification (if applicable)
  • Two academic referees

This MSc clinical psychology programme is designed for graduates with a first degree in Psychology from an approved university of 2:1 standard or above. Other honours degrees are also considered in conjunction with an approved BPS conversion course. Experience of working in a mental health setting is highly desirable.