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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

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
• Psychosis
• Personality and Sexual Disorder
• Clinical Neuropsychology
• Psychotherapy
• 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.

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Gain advanced research skills relevant to clinical psychology and a broad understanding of mental health service provision. The course is for you if you’re eventually seeking a place on a DClin Psych clinical training degree and are an existing professional in other health-related disciplines. Read more
Gain advanced research skills relevant to clinical psychology and a broad understanding of mental health service provision.

The course is for you if you’re eventually seeking a place on a DClin Psych clinical training degree and are an existing professional in other health-related disciplines. It is run in conjunction with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

You’ll be taught by our faculty who have research strengths in psychopathology and clinical psychology, and guest lecturers including local practitioners.

How will I study?
You take a series of taught modules. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in key areas of clinical psychology and mental health.

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include:
-Term papers
-Presentations
-Unseen examinations

The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Scholarships
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course.
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers
Our students have gone on to work as assistant psychologists and researchers. Some have pursued further studies at doctoral level, including doctoral-level clinical psychology training.

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This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career. Read more
This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career.

Degree information

Students develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings of developmental cognitive neuroscience and are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of the latest scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships. They gain knowledge of professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is also offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules:
-Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
-Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
-Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
-Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
-Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Functional Implications
-Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
-Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions

Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers (up to 3,000 words each), two commentary papers (up to 1,500 words each) and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva voce.

Careers

This programme aims to equip students with the skills needed for positions such as research assistants and assistant psychologists and prepares students for PhDs and DClin Psych qualifications, which in turn lead to clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist positions.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, University of Hong Kong
-Teaching Assistant, Springfield University Hospital (NHS)
-PhD Neuropsychology, University College London (UCL)
-Student Support Assistant, Barnet Southgate College
-Research Assistant, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS)

Employability
Students can gain experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, testing clinical groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and report writing. It gives students an excellent grounding to pursue PhD clinical psychology doctorate or research assistant positions.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Institute of Child Health and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.

The UCL Institute of Child Health has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

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This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in psychiatric practice. Read more

About the course

This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in psychiatric practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses. You will also end the course in preparation of Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych).

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert

Course Structure

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of approximately 12 weeks duration. Successful completion of the programme leads to an award of MSc in Psychiatric Practice

- Post Graduate Certificate:
Core modules: Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice; Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences

In Year 1 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- Postgraduate Diploma:
Core modules: Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric Practice; Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Service Delivery

In Year 2 trainees will receive: Semester A: 2 themes days (1/2 day assessment); Semester B: 2 theme days

- MSc:
Core modules: Service Improvement Project

Modules of Common Interest: Modules of common interest from Postgraduate Faculty Framework

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of Psychiatric Practice. The programme has an emphasis on the following key areas: Diagnostic theory and classification; Psychopharmacology and medication compliance; Neurological and cognitive examination; Human growth and development; Organic psychiatry; Neuroscience and genetics; Transcultural psychiatry; and Epidemiology.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: Consultation skills: history taking / conducting a good psychiatric history; Bio-psychosocial assessment; Neurological and cognitive examination; Clinical case management and many more.

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Psychiatric Practice is a taught, masters programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in psychiatric practice.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of long term psychiatric disorders to reflect current trends in psychiatry.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Careers

This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing health, social and primary care professionals. It is an MSc programme, but UK clinicians can choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional practice or select from short courses.

This programme fulfils the interprofessional learning agenda and reflects the varied roles and functions adopted by professionals destined for psychiatry and other clinicians with a special interest.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Work Placement

Full Time, overseas students do not require GMC registration as this programme does not require direct patient contact and management.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/psychiatric-practicemental-health-practice-msc,-pgdip,-pgcert#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

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The programme can lead to four levels of qualification. Read more
The programme can lead to four levels of qualification: D.Psych Counselling Psychology, Master of Science Psychological Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma Psychological Counselling and Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Counselling Studies, and allows a curriculum of modules that are relevant to psychology graduates looking to enhance their competencies in Counselling Psychology or to qualify as Chartered Counselling Psychologists.

The D.Psych in Counselling Psychology is aimed at graduate psychologists wishing to enhance their applied skills in the area of counselling and applied psychological practice. The programme offers clinical training in both humanistic (person-centred) and cognitive-behavioural approaches to psychological practice and situates these within a range of clinical contexts.

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students receiving this award are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Counselling Psychologist.
The programme is also accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students receiving the D.Psych in Counselling Psychology are eligible to apply for Chartership as a Counselling Psychologist.

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This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. Read more
This programme has been developed in Partnership with the Local Mental Health Foundation University Trust. It offers a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which will help you develop as a clinician in mental health practice. You can expect to gain significant opportunities in continuing professional development by choosing to study modules relevant to the field you work in which can also be taken as short courses.

About the courses

Along with lectures and expert led clinics, you will also have regular small group seminars and tutorials, with the additional support of a personal tutor. This programme has a practical emphasis and also provides opportunities for additional attendance to short courses and conferences offered by the Department. You’ll have a choice of modules, excellent networking and peer support, and consistently positive feedback.

Why choose this course?

-The MSc Psychiatric Practice is a taught, master’s programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in mental health practice.
-It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common mental health problems to reflect current trends in mental health practice.
-This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

Professional Accreditations

The programme prepares specialist trainees for Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRC Psych).

Careers

International students should note that completion of one MSc Psychiatric Practice does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in Mental Health in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist Mental Health practitioner in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching. These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Structure

Year 1
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Physical Health/Mental Health: What's the Connection
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement
-Service Improvement Project
-Strategies for Identifying and Managing Addictive Behaviours
-The Mind and the Skin
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 2
Optional Modules
-Approaches and Organisation of Specialist Mental Health Services
-Contemporary Mental Health Interventions
-Developing Skills and Competence in Psychiatric professional practice
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Evidence Based Practice - Classroom Based
-Expert Witness
-Foundation Skills in Psychiatric Practice
-Health and Medical Education in the Workplace
-History of Psychiatry
-Mental Health Law
-Principles of Psychopharmacology and Neurosciences
-Recovery and Social Inclusion. Partnerships in Mental Health Care
-Service Improvement Project
-Work Based Learning in Health and Medical Practice
-Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

Year 3
Optional Modules
-Evidence Based Practice - Distance Learning
-Expert Witness
-Mental Health Law
-Service Improvement Project

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