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Clinical psychology focuses on the challenges faced by people with clinical, mental or physical (neuropsychological) health conditions. The role of the clinical psychologist is to work with these individuals and attempt to improve their quality of life. The Master’s degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Swansea is designed to equip students with an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology in healthcare settings. The primary purpose of the Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course is to allow students to gain knowledge and experience to enhance their suitability for professional clinical training (i.e. a three year DCl in Clinical Psychology programme at a BPS accredited training centre; see http://careers.bps.org.uk/area/clinical).
Entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate training programme is extremely competitive, with candidates usually expected to have acquired training and experience beyond degree level. We have a proven track record of helping our students progress towards clinical psychology training, as well as roles in a range of other clinical mental health-related occupations. Our MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology alumni have also secured NHS clinical based placements, providing valuable experience for those seeking to attain Assistant Clinical Psychologist positions.
The majority of our teaching is carried out by practicing and/or qualified Clinical Psychologists and related professionals, ensuring that students are learning from those with direct experience of professional challenges.
Course modules are assessed using a range of different approaches, including written examinations, essays, presentations and clinical case studies.
Study on the course can be undertaken either full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) basis, with teaching condensed into two weekdays to more easily accommodate part-time students and for relevant experience to be gained alongside the degree. Taught modules are provided in the first two semesters, with the research project typically undertaken over the summer.
Students on the MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology typically include:
* UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists (both in the UK and abroad) as part of their journey towards becoming a BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist.
* Psychology graduates aiming to work in related fields of applied psychology and other areas of clinical mental health.
* Healthcare and other clinical professionals looking to expand their understanding of particular areas of abnormal and clinical psychology.
* Psychology graduates who have relevant work experience to apply for further clinical training, but who need to enhance their academic and research skills.
* Psychology graduates aiming to secure a PhD by Research in a clinically applied area.
The MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology is unique in the range of modules the programme offers:
• Eating Disorders
• Personality and Sexual Disorder
• Clinical Neuropsychology
• Statistical and Research Methods
• Affective and Somatoform Disorders
• Applied Behaviour Analysis
• Coping with Chronic Disease
• Psychopharmacology for Clinical Psychologists
Students will also complete a substantial research project in their chosen field of study.
Here's what students had to say about the Abnormal and Clinical Psychology MSc:
“Completing the MSc has been very beneficial, as in addition to improving my academic knowledge and skills, as well as confidence, it has enabled me to quickly secure employment in this field”. Sam (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2013-14)
“The level of expertise of the lecturers is second to none” Katie (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2011-12)
“An outstanding and highly interesting MSc program” Vasilis, international student from Greece (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2009-10)
“Thanks to my masters, I am in such a good placement in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a multi-speciality hospital's Cardiology Unit” Phoram, international student from India (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2009-10)
“The MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology provided me with an excellent theoretical knowledge of a wide variety of psychological approaches” – Ruth (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2008-09)
“I'm now an Assistant Psychologist in Cardiff, and I do not think I would have had a chance of getting such a post if I didn't have the MSc. I'm really glad I did it!” - Bryn (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2008-09)
“The MSc helped me to get my first assistant post and provided me with a good academic basis to pursue a career in clinical psychology. I am now undertaking the DClin Psych course in Oxford!” - Nicola (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2007-08)
The Department of Psychology at Swansea University is a thriving research led department that provides a friendly, supporting learning environment with instruction from world-class researchers. Our consistent ambition is to provide outstanding excellence of teaching and learning for all our students – as demonstrated by a recent Teaching Quality Assessment national audit that judged our teaching as ‘Excellent’. Moreover, the research caliber of our group has also been demonstrated. For example, in The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were one of only four psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work.
This programme provides flexible postgraduate study designed to specifically address the demand for online clinical animal behaviour teaching within a supported learning environment. The programme will utilise an evidence based approach to explore the potential motivations, management and treatment options for abnormal and/or problem behaviours commonly expressed by companion animal species living within a domestic environment.
The subject involves a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on knowledge and techniques from the fields of psychology, ethology, neurobiology, pharmacology and veterinary science. This programme will contain teaching and learning that is aimed at your academic preparation for a professional career working with companion animals in a variety of settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling.
Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh's excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.
This MSc programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied. You must complete a sufficient number of course credits to achieve the following awards:
You may undertake this programme by intermittent study (flexible progression route), accruing credits within the following maximum time limits:
Year 1: Certificate Courses
You will study Principles of Applied Animal Behaviour and Clinical Animal Behaviour along with either Anthrozoology (recommended for those continuing to Diploma/MSc) or one of two other elective courses.
Year 2: Diploma Courses
You will study Clinical Animal Behaviour in Practice along with two elective courses from a choice of 4.
Year 3: Masters
The dissertation element of the programme will allow further development of scientific skills and may take the form of a short research project, case studies relating to relevant professional experience or an extended literature review.
Postgraduate Professional Development
Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.
You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.
Alongside the subject content, the programme will also enable the acquisition of a range of transferable skills, such as computer skills, report writing, giving online presentations and time and project management.
You will be able to:
Students are expected to find work in the field of companion animal behaviour and welfare as well as working in education, or as advisors with non-governmental organisations and governments.
Our MSc Clinical and Health Psychology course is designed for students considering a career in clinical or health psychology and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
You will gain a thorough grounding in the current theoretical understanding of the psychology of physical and mental health problems.
You will also learn about the principles and evidence-base of psychological interventions to change behaviour and cognition at the individual, group and population level, as well as the role of psychologists within healthcare settings such as the NHS and how the science of psychology is applied in clinical practice.
In addition, you will receive advanced training in the methodology and analysis techniques used within clinical and health psychology research.
T his MSc is not an accredited Stage 1 Health Psychology programme. It does not replace an accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral training programme, nor will it guarantee entry to one.
Applicants interested in Stage 1 Health Psychology should apply for our BPS-accredited MSc Health Psychology .
Learn about a broad range of methodology and analytic techniques used within clinical and health psychology research to prepare you for a potential research career.
You can choose to study full-time or part-time, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments.
Our course units are taught using a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning exercises, self-paced online training, student presentations and independent supervised study.
You will be allocated a personal academic advisor who will support your academic and professional development.
You will work collaboratively with your supervisor(s) to produce a high quality dissertation using qualitative, quantitative or mixed research methods.
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We use a range of assessment methods, including exams, essays, presentations, poster conferences, case studies, practical reports and a dissertation.
You will take a combination of taught course units and a supervised research-based dissertation on a chosen topic relating to clinical or health psychology.
Key areas of the curriculum include:
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You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Our course is specifically designed for students who want to learn about both clinical and health psychology. However, it is also suitable if you wish to progress to a research career specialising in the science of psychology applied to clinical or health topics.
Career paths leading from the course include clinical psychology, research and academia, NHS service development and health policy making.
The Clinical and Health Psychology MSc is not an accredited Stage 1 Health Psychology programme; it does not replace an accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training programme (ClinPsyD) and will not guarantee a place on a ClinPSyD programme.
However a number of graduates from the MSc have gone on to gain places on the ClinPsyD. See the British Psychological Society website for more information on training as a psychologist.
Become a registered clinical psychologist
The Master of Clinical Psychology is a competitive-entry professional programme that will train you to become a registered clinical psychologist.
The Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification that enables you to meet the competency requirements for the clinical scope of practice under the Health Practitioners Competencies Assurance Act (2003). With the MClinPsych you’ll be able to practise independently.
Places on this programme are highly sought-after and there is a competitive entry process.
Clinical psychology is an applied branch of psychology. It uses psychological techniques to help people solve a wide variety of mental, physical, behavioural and relationship problems.
The programme comprises courses, practica placements and an internship of supervised full-time practical work for at least one academic year. You’ll write case studies and keep a log of your work.
You’ll get practical skills through practica placements. This is typically three placements in a variety of health service agencies: child and family, community mental health, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, secondary care, forensic, Massey Student Counselling, Psychological Services/Department of Corrections, and the Massey psychology clinics.
Massey is committed to the principles embodied in the Treaty of Waitangi. You’ll be well trained from a variety of perspectives and be sensitive to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds and across the lifespan.
Our staff has a range of experience and interests, and approach clinical work from a variety of empirical and theoretical frameworks.
Clinical training at Massey is based on the scientist-practitioner model, which emphasises the need for clinical psychologists to have a strong research background as well as clinical skills. You’ll formulate an approach to understanding human behaviour that has a strong theoretical base and will serve as a guide in your professional career.
Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand.
We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.
Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for psychology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.
Our clinical psychology graduates typically work in their community in: