The Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course aims to provide a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology within healthcare settings and prepares students for professional clinical training.
Teaching and Employability:
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 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course will greatly enhance students’ suitability for professional clinical training, for example a three year DClin Clinical Psychology programme at a BPS accredited training centre.
Entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate training programme is extremely competitive, with candidates usually expected to have acquired training and experience beyond degree level.
The MSc degree provides a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training in clinical psychology, it is largely theory-based and is designed to address core topics in abnormal and clinical psychology.
Clinical training courses also look for evidence of clinical experience with relevant client groups.
Swansea University does not provide this directly, but work experience (paid and voluntary) may be available through the local NHS Psychology Services. Opportunities may also be available locally through independent and private sector organisations (e.g. Mind Cymru, Headway, private rehabilitation services, etc.). These opportunities are regularly advertised and students are supported in making the most of them.
Please note this course does not lead to a clinical qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society.
Modules on the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology may include:
The one year, full-time degree for Abnormal and Clinical Psychology requires students to attend the University for two full days a week (normally Monday and Tuesday).
The two-year part-time degree requires students to attend the University for one full day a week.
In the first two semesters taught modules are provided with the research project typically undertaken during the summer months.
On occasion sessions are arranged on other days of the week (e.g. when visiting clinician talks/workshops or employability sessions).
Teaching is done via group sessions with practical classes provided on research and design topics. These will be assessed via written course work and a written examination.
The MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology is suitable for:
Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.
Find out more about the Psychology team at Swansea University.
The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.
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 (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 (MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, 2009-10)
“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)
This innovative MSc programme aims to provide students with a strong knowledge and experience base for progressing to health service careers, particularly those looking to become clinical psychologists and clinical psychology researchers.
The Masters will equip you with an up to date knowledge of relevant theory and practical issues in UK mental health services, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake research and development in academic and healthcare settings. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a work placement in an applied setting, providing valuable skills and experience that will aid career development.
This programme is intended for graduates in Psychology or related disciplines who are interested in progressing to careers in the health professions as practitioners, researchers or managers, and current health service professionals with a degree in Psychology or related disciplines who wish to enhance skills and knowledge in the areas covered by the programme as part of their continuing professional development. This programme is also intended for those who may want to pursue a postgraduate research degree in areas related in clinical psychology. Please note, however, that the MSc itself does not lead to a clinical qualification.
The programme comprises two pathways: an Applied Clinical Psychology an a Research in Clinical Psychology pathway undertaken over one year of full-time study, or two years equivalent part-time study. All students on both pathways will complete the following core modules:
For the remaining modules, students will need to choose between the two pathways on the programme.
Students on the Applied Clinical Psychology pathway complete the following module:
The key feature of this module is a 35 day work placement in a setting relevant to clinical psychology. This pathway would suit students with limited work experience in areas related to clinical psychology, and who would like to develop a career in a more applied setting.
Students on the Research in Clinical Psychology pathway complete the following modules:
These modules are designed to provide students with more advanced research knowledge and skills. This pathway would suit students who would like to progress to further postgraduate study, particularly a PhD or DClinPsy, where research skills are key, and/or those students who already have substantial work experience in areas related to clinical psychology.
Written and multiple-choice examinations, essay coursework, oral presentation, research dissertation.
The programme will provide you with knowledge of theory and practical issues relevant to practice in the UK mental health services, with a particular focus on clinical psychology. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake research in clinical settings and analyse data. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research and career interests by conducting a research project under the supervision of a member of staff and relevant external health services staff. Students on the Applied Clinical Psychology pathway will have the opportunity to complete a work placement where they can gain valuable skills and experience in an applied setting.
The programme is designed to provide a foundation for graduates who are interested in further developing the academic skills and experience needed to apply for UK Clinical Doctorate programs or for PhD programs in areas related to clinical psychology.
It would also help develop skills and knowledge for those who seek to develop careers in the NHS and with private healthcare providers more generally, including careers in various Allied Health fields and NHS management.
Lastly, the programme is designed to facilitate career progression for those already working in the health sector, by developing new academic skills and experience, particularly in relation to research design and analysis
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Focus on the intellectual, emotional, and biological aspects of human behavior and learn to foster psychological health in individuals, families, groups, and organizations.
Advance your career by studying current theory and practices associated with major human behavior. In Walden’s clinical psychology graduate program, you will be positioned to work with diverse individuals in a broad range of settings, including healthcare, education, government, and business environments. Coursework in this clinical psychology master’s program offers an excellent foundation for pursuing clinical psychology and applying theory and research as a clinical psychology professional.
For international students who may need a master’s degree to practice psychology in their home countries, Walden’s online MS in Clinical Psychology provides the opportunity to become practitioners without requiring a U.S.-based residency requirement. For both international and U.S.-based students, supervised field practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make a difference in their own communities.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
Additional Learning Outcomes for the Counseling Specialization
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether the program (1) reflects the California counseling specialization or (2) reflects the counseling specialization for states other than California or (3) reflects the general specialization.
The MS in Clinical Psychology general degree is not designed to prepare students to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.
The MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling and California Counseling specialization (for California residents only) are designed to prepare graduates for professional counseling practice at the master’s level. Graduates completing the Counseling specialization may qualify to sit for licensing exams and meet the academic licensure requirements of some state counselor licensing boards. However, the Walden University MS in Clinical Psychology program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body, which is a requirement for licensure as a counselor in many states. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state or international location in which the student intends to work as requirements vary widely. Walden University makes no representation or guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the learner to obtain licensure.
In this clinical psychology degree program, you can choose the General Program or a specialization in Counseling, as well a California Counseling specialization that’s specifically designed for those who plan to seek licensure in the state of California.
International applicants should contact an enrollment advisor to review requirements and completion options. The MS in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling can augment the general degree in international settings where there are additional requirements of field placement and content areas specialized to practice.
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).
Completion of an MSc is not a prerequisite for entry to a Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. International students are advised to visit the Clearing House website for more information on application to Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/internationalquals.html
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.
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.
This Foundations of Clinical Psychology masters programme extends over one calendar year. The core taught component of the programme extends over two semesters, with teaching taking place on two days a week, although attendance at other times may be required.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) program in clinical psychology is a 45-credit-hour degree program that allows students to develop basic intervention, evaluation, and consultation skills. Graduates of the program are prepared to assume entry-level clinical positions in agency, health-care, and organizational settings. Licensing laws of states vary widely, and students should consult the licensing body in the state in which they intend to practice to determine opportunities and requirements for licensure at the master’s level.
The mission of graduate training in clinical psychology is to provide quality doctoral training in the scientist-practitioner model within a small private university setting. Science and practice are regarded as inseparable elements. Practice itself is regarded as the application of the theories, methods, and results of scientific psychology to clinical problems. The science of psychology is construed broadly, and students are expected to develop familiarity with a wide range of psychological theories, methods, and results. We encourage students to understand the limits of human perception, reason, and intuition, and to appreciate scientific methods as correctives to the flaws and biases of natural human judgment.
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. The master’s program shares four training objectives of the doctoral program: (1) provide a generalist model of training in the discipline of psychology; (2) develop fundamental clinical skills based on scientific research; (3) promote high academic, ethical, and professional standards in all aspects of professional development and practice; and (4) prepare students to adapt their methods and practice to meet the needs of diverse populations. Master’s level psychologists who graduate from our program are not prepared for independent practice or licensure. As such, the program’s fifth objective is to (5) prepare students for doctoral study in clinical psychology or further training in related fields (e.g., counseling, social work).
The program includes formal course work in the core areas of psychology, research methods, personality and psychopathology, principles of psychological assessment and intervention, and professional issues in clinical psychology. Students are also required to complete six hours of practicum training. There is no thesis requirement. Although much of the program is prescribed, students are allowed some flexibility in choice of electives and practicum placements. In addition to providing a solid foundation for a career in clinical psychology, the program requirements satisfy prerequisites for many doctoral programs in clinical psychology.
Clinical Psychology Core (18 Hours)
Methods (3 Hours Minimum)
Practicum (6 Hours Minimum/9 Hours Maximum)
General Psychology Core (12 Hours Minimum)
Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from courses listed below:
Electives (9 Hours Maximum)
Remaining elective coursework must include one PSY 7973 course not included elsewhere. Electives may include approved transfer courses, or other general psychology courses. MA students may transfer or apply a maximum of six credit hours from another program subject to approval from the graduate program director and the Graduate School.
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 both UK and international settings.
You will be introduced to the foundation skills of clinical psychology practice, including interviewing, observation and psychometric assessment.
You will also learn about research in healthcare, looking at issues such as research design, governance and ethical considerations before going on to conduct your own piece of research.
Studying clinical psychology at Bath means you will be joining our leading Department of Psychology. The research interests of our members span a broad range of clinically relevant topics, including ageing, common mental health problems, psychosis, autism, persistent physical symptoms, child maltreatment and trauma amongst others.
You will leave this course with:
This course is intended for psychology graduates interested in careers as practitioners, researchers or managers. It will also appeal to current health service professionals with a degree in psychology or a related discipline, who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge.
Studying this course will set you up with the knowledge and professional skills required to move into a range of health service careers. It is particularly good preparation for securing work as an assistant psychologist, and a strong foundation for further postgraduate training in clinical psychology.
This course is not professionally accredited and will not provide you with a license to practice.
This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Do you want to enrich your skills to become highly proficient in practice and development in Psychology? Do you want to make a difference to the life of communities and individuals by promoting psychological well being? According to the British Psychological Society there are over 750 000 people working in positions that involve Psychology as part of their role.
If you have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or a similar field but you want to boost your chances of gaining highly competitive positions such as: Assistant Psychologist, Clinical Associate Training or Doctoral Qualification in Clinical Psychology this programme is specifically designed to give you an edge and improve and hone your skills and knowledge within this field. You learn at the highly regarded Medical School which is ranked in the top 10 places to study in the UK, and research is in the top 20 (REF 2014) at one of the largest medical campuses in Europe.
You are taught by practicing Clinical Psychologists with access to a range of facilities and specialists from similar disciplines. You get advanced training in assessments, formulation skills, core clinical skills, lifespan, ethical and professional issues and research methods and you learn within a clinical project with local supervisors to carry out treatment. There are excellent links with NHS Grampian and other health services.
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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Psychology explores many aspects of the human condition including our thoughts, feelings, decisions and behaviours. Study Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll develop a deep understanding of the treatment and assessment of mental illness and behavioural problems.
This comprehensive programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in a mental health setting or mental health research, with topics including clinical assessment, the principles of evidence-based treatments and wellbeing. You’ll learn in tutorial groups from our enthusiastic expert academics, with a mix of seminar, lecture and research-based teaching providing exciting academic variety.
The Department of Psychology is research intensive and well equipped, and you’ll enjoy access to a range of cutting-edge technologies including an on-site MRI scanner, eye tracking technology, EEG machines, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) equipment, and a baby lab.
You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills to take into further PhD study or your future career, including advanced research training and communication skills for working with clients, patients, and families. We provide excellent employability skills for graduates. Our notable alumni include leading bioscience innovator Professor Jackie Hunter CBE, Terrence Higgins Trust founder Dr Rupert Whitaker, and Dr Christian Jarrett – author of The Rough Guide to Psychology.
This course can be studied full time in one year or part-time over two to five years.
The MSc in Clinical Psychology offers specialised training from clinical practitioners and researchers and was developed in collaboration with our Clinical Doctorate team. This programme is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills to pursue a career in a mental health setting or in mental health research. You will develop an enhanced understanding of the subject area, including topics on clinical assessment, the principles of evidence-based treatments, and well-being, through an exciting mix of seminars, lectures and research conveyed by our friendly and accessible staff, who are all involved in cutting edge research.
In addition to the core courses, students choose one of the following options:
Teaching and learning is delivered primarily through sessions lasting between one-and-a-half and five hours. These typically combine seminar discussions with practical exploration or workshops. Where possible, these will be student-led, with participants encouraged to devise exercises engaging with the relevant issues and to direct fellow-students in these experiments.
We place emphasis on group discussion and the development of independent thought and analysis appropriate to carry out an independent piece of research of high quality, in an area of interest to you. In some contributing modules, you will give oral presentations which form part of the formative assessment. Summative assessment is usually by extended essay, although there are written exams for modules focussing on methodology and statistics.
Graduate with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and you’ll be well-placed to progress to further postgraduate study or to a rewarding career in mental health. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain while studying Clinical Psychology will be of immense benefit if you wish to apply to a DClin Psy programme, and subsequently go on to practice as a clinical psychologist.
Please note that this MSc does not lead to a professional qualification as a clinical psychologist, nor does this module guarantee you entry onto a Clinical Psychology doctorate programme.
Royal Holloway's Department of Psychology is one of the most highly regarded psychology departments in the country, and we work hard to provide our students with the help and advice they need to achieve their postgraduate career ambitions. We hold annual ‘Meet the Grads’ events where students can get help and advice from our successful alumni, while a dedicated online forum provides students with the information they need to prepare for postgraduate life.