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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. Read more

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.

Key Features of the Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

Performance:

  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK.
  • Our Psychology department is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.

Teaching and Employability:

  • State-of-the-art technology, with over 20 general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Majority of teaching carried out by practicing and/or qualified Clinical Psychologists and related professionals
  • Unique range of modules offered
  • Proven track record of assisting students’ progression towards clinical psychology training as well as range of clinical mental health-related occupational roles
  • Numerous NHS clinical based placements secured, providing valuable experience on the journey to becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

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

Modules on the MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology may include:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Personality and Sexual Disorders
  • Neuropsychology
  • Statistical and Research Methods
  • Affective and Somatoform Disorders
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Coping with Chronic Disease
  • Psychotherapy
  • Research Project

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology Course Structure

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. 

Who Should Apply?

The MSc in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology is suitable for:

  • 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 looking to complete a PhD by Research in a clinically applied area

Staff Expertise

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.

Postgraduate Community

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.

Student Testimonials

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)



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The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. Read more
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. The course consists of an intense program of lectures and workshops, followed by a short project and dissertation. Extensive use is made of the electronic learning environment "Blackboard" as used by NUI Galway. The course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Syllabus Outline. (with ECTS weighting)
Human Gross Anatomy (5 ECTS)
The cell, basic tissues, nervous system, nerves and muscle, bone and cartilage, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, nutrition, genital system, urinary system, eye and vision, ear, hearing and balance, upper limb – hand, lower limb – foot, back and vertebral column, embryology, teratology, anthropometrics; static and dynamic anthropometrics data, anthropometric dimensions, clearance and reach and range of movement, method of limits, mathematics modelling.

Human Body Function (5 ECTS)
Biological Molecules and their functions. Body composition. Cell physiology. Cell membranes and membrane transport. Cell electrical potentials. Nerve function – nerve conduction, nerve synapses. Skeletal muscle function – neuromuscular junction, muscle excitation, muscle contraction, energy considerations. Blood and blood cells – blood groups, blood clotting. Immune system. Autonomous nervous system. Cardiovascular system – electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. – the peripheral circulation. Respiratory system- how the lungs work. Renal system – how the kidneys work. Digestive system. Endocrine system – how hormones work. Central nervous system and brain function.

Occupational Hygiene (5 ECTS)
Historical development of Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Health at Work Act. Hazards to Health, Surveys, Noise and Vibrations, Ionizing radiations, Non-Ionizing Radiations, Thermal Environments, Chemical hazards, Airborne Monitoring, Control of Contaminants, Ventilation, Management of Occupational Hygiene.

Medical Informatics (5 ECTS)
Bio statistics, Distributions, Hypothesis testing. Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, T-tests, ANOVA, regression. Critical Appraisal of Literature, screening and audit. Patient and Medical records, Coding, Hospital Information Systems, Decision support systems. Ethical consideration in Research.
Practicals: SPSS. Appraisal exercises.

Clinical Instrumentation (6 ECTS)
Biofluid Mechanics: Theory: Pressures in the Body, Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Elastic Walls, Instrumentation Examples: Respiratory Function Testing, Pressure Measurements, Blood Flow measurements. Physics of the Senses: Theory: Cutaneous and Chemical sensors, Audition, Vision, Psychophysics; Instrumentation Examples: Evoked responses, Audiology, Ophthalmology instrumentation, Physiological Signals: Theory Electrodes, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducers, Electrophysiology Instrumentation.

Medical Imaging (10 ECTS)
Theory of Image Formation including Fourier Transforms and Reconstruction from Projections (radon transform). Modulation transfer Function, Detective Quantum Efficiency.
X-ray imaging: Interaction of x-rays with matter, X-ray generation, Projection images, Scatter, Digital Radiography, CT – Imaging. Fundamentals of Image Processing.
Ultrasound: Physics of Ultrasound, Image formation, Doppler scanning, hazards of Ultrasound.
Nuclear Medicine : Overview of isotopes, generation of Isotopes, Anger Cameras, SPECT Imaging, Positron Emitters and generation, PET Imaging, Clinical aspects of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging with isotopes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging : Magnetization, Resonance, Relaxation, Contrast in MR Imaging, Image formation, Image sequences, their appearances and clinical uses, Safety in MR.

Radiation Fundamentals (5 ECTS)
Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Radiation from charged particles. X-ray production and quality. Attenuation of Photon Beams in Matter. Interaction of Photons with Matter. Interaction of Charged Particles with matter. Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. Concept to Dosimetry. Cavity Theory. Radiation Detectors. Practical aspects of Ionization chambers

The Physics of Radiation Therapy (10 ECTS)
The interaction of single beams of X and gamma rays with a scattering medium. Treatment planning with single photon beams. Treatment planning for combinations of photon beams. Radiotherapy with particle beams: electrons, pions, neutrons, heavy charged particles. Special Techniques in Radiotherapy. Equipment for external Radiotherapy. Relative dosimetry techniques. Dosimetry using sealed sources. Brachytherapy. Dosimetry of radio-isotopes.

Workshops / Practicals
Hospital & Radiation Safety [11 ECTS]
Workshop in Risk and Safety.
Concepts of Risk and Safety. Legal Aspects. Fundamental concepts in Risk Assessment and Human Factor Engineering. Risk and Safety management of complex systems with examples from ICU and Radiotherapy. Accidents in Radiotherapy and how to avoid them. Principles of Electrical Safety, Electrical Safety Testing, Non-ionizing Radiation Safety, including UV and laser safety.
- NUIG Radiation Safety Course.
Course for Radiation Safety Officer.
- Advanced Radiation Safety
Concepts of Radiation Protection in Medical Practice, Regulations. Patient Dosimetry. Shielding design in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
- Medical Imaging Workshop
Operation of imaging systems. Calibration and Quality Assurance of General
radiography, fluoroscopy systems, ultrasound scanners, CT-scanners and MR scanners. Radiopharmacy and Gamma Cameras Quality Control.

Research Project [28 ECTS]
A limited research project will be undertaken in a medical physics area. Duration of this will be 4 months full time

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients. Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Acute and Critical Care addresses the complex care required by critically ill patients.

Patients can become acutely or critically ill at any time and the more ill the patient becomes, the more likely they are to be vulnerable, physiologically unstable and require complex care. Acutely or critically ill patients exist throughout many settings in hospitals and beyond, and there is a need to ensure the quality of care is delivered by knowledgeable health care practitioners.

This one year acute and critical care nursing course is suitable if you work in ICU, CCU, HDU, A&E, theatres, medical/surgical assessment units (MAU/SAU), pre-hospital care and general acute wards.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/709-postgraduate-certificate-acute-and-critical-care

What you will study

- Applied Physiology of Acute and Critical Illness
This module looks at critically analysing the impact of pathophysiology on acute and critically ill adult patients and to understand altered physiology. You will explore the consequences of acute and critical illness on homeostasis using a wide knowledge base of normal and altered physiology to understand key treatments. The module will also focus on cardio-respiratory physiology, neurological control and acute medical conditions.

- Care and Management of the Acute and Critically Ill
You will critically evaluate the complexity of care issues in relation to acutely and critically ill adult patients and analyse the context of that care. The effectiveness of care implementation across a range of patient presentations will be analysed with consideration given to the processes of assessment, monitoring and intervention.

- Legal and Professional Issues in Caring for the Acute and Critically Ill
In this module you will undertake a critical evaluation of service delivery systems from legal and professional perspectives. This includes the right to health care; upholding human rights; duty and standards of care; professional negligence and the application of these to professional practice in acute and critical care contexts. Topics such as life and death, euthanasia, legal definitions of death, organ and tissue donation are also considered in terms of the implications on practitioners caring for acute and critically ill patients.

Learning and teaching methods

You will study through a mixture of lectures,group work, patient scenarios, interactive tutorials and seminar presentations. You will need to attend University one day a week, currently our students are taught on Fridays at 9am-5pm.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

You will develop personally and professionally within your specialist clinical area. The course will also enable you to develop a high level of skill in transferring complex theoretical knowledge into comprehensive, patient-centred and focused clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through multiple-choice questions, viva voce (oral examination), assignments, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and written evidence of personal and professional development. The OSCEs will take place in May each year and be completed as part of the clinical skills modules and involve undertaking a comprehensive patient history, examining a particular bodily system, and identifying a management and treatment plan for the individual.

Facilities

Our state of the art Clinical Simulation Centre replicates an acute care NHS environment, providing realistic clinical facilities for our nursing and midwifery students and qualified healthcare professionals.

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This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Read more
  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • This Masters course is ideal if you are interested in a career in frontline, leadership or specialist nursing.
  • Our academic team members come from diverse backgrounds specific to adult nursing including cancer, dementia care, ICU, A&E, neuro, acute medicine, community (district nursing, health visiting), sexual health and respiratory nursing.
  • Our state-of-the-art simulation suite provides you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for adults through high fidelity patient simulators and role play with actors. You will also have opportunities to learn with, and from, midwifery students and lecturers in simulations and shared learning with the child, and mental health student nurses to enhance your skills in caring for clients from these fields.
  • Many members of our adult nursing teaching team have contributed to the latest Essentials of Nursing Practice textbook and are currently completing an adult version Essentials of Nursing Adults due for publication at the end of 2018.
  • You will gain practice experience in an area of London or Surrey which includes an acute hospital and you will have opportunities to work in the community.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective placement at the end of your first year.

What will you study?

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing.

In your second year (part three) you will learn about the analysis and application of research and evidence base and the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)

-Introduction to Nursing for Graduates

-Nursing Practice Part 1

-Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult

-Long Term Conditions in Adult Nursing

-Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 2 modules (part three)

-Complexities of Adult Nursing

-Transition to Professional Practice in Adult Nursing

-Developing and Analysing Evidence-Based Practice

-Nursing Practice Part 3



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Intensive Care Medicine is rapidly emerging as a standalone specialty throughout the world. With sepsis as a leading cause of death and a growing population with an increasing number of manageable comorbidities, the burden on ICU is rising. Read more

Intensive Care Medicine is rapidly emerging as a standalone specialty throughout the world. With sepsis as a leading cause of death and a growing population with an increasing number of manageable comorbidities, the burden on ICU is rising. Whether you choose to study full time or part time, the MSc, PG Diploma, PG Certificate in Critical Care offers the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and will consolidate your expertise in the field. Learning opportunities are delivered by experts in Critical Care in one of the largest Teaching Hospitals in the UK. Areas covered include hot topics such as; sepsis, multi-organ failure and Critical Care governance.

Why this programme

  • This is the only MSc programme in Critical Care in Scotland. It provides an opportunity to obtain a postgraduate degree in this developing and exciting clinical field.
  • The programme is taught at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital which has the largest critical care facilities in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. The hospital itself was opened in 2015 and is one of the biggest in Europe.
  • The programme is delivered by experts in the field of critical care using a multimodal teaching approach which includes lectures, seminars, simulated cases and ward rounds
  • The work and assignments during the course are tailored in order for students to reflect on implementing knowledge and skills in their own workplace in the UK or internationally.
  • The University of Glasgow is ranked top amongst UK medical schools in the National Student Survey (2016) with 98% overall student satisfaction.

Programme structure

The programme is delivered at the University of Glasgow and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on campus in Glasgow.

The MSc in Critical Care has three components:

  1. Three taught courses in the first semester (3 months full time)
  2. Three taught courses in the second semester (3 months full time)
  3. Dissertation or project report in the summer semester (6 months full time)

On a part-time basis, the taught courses could be taken over 12 months and the dissertation/project could be completed over 12 months. Part-time students have the flexibility of choosing the three courses during each year of study, as long as course 1 (research and scientific writing) is chosen first. The combination will be agreed before study is commenced.

The programme is delivered mainly at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and at the University Teaching and Learning Centre on campus. The learning and teaching approach is varied and includes lectures and tutorials, seminars, set exercises, simulated clinical scenarios, and simulated ward round at the critical care floor at the QEUH. There will be emphasis, for some of the assignments, on reflection, leadership and specific application of new knowledge within the students’ own working environments giving them a unique and bespoke learning opportunity.

For the MSc component, students can either choose a topic that is related to critical care or write a report on a project carried out during the year. It is expected that this work is presented at national and international conferences as well as submitted for publication.

The programme is suitable for both UK and International students. n.b. part time study is possible for international students who are in the UK on a work visa and will continue to be employed throughout their period of study.

Career prospects

This programme is open to doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals and ultimately leads to a Master’s Degree.

The clinical components as well as the leadership qualities acquired and attained during this programme make graduates very desirable for progressive employers. The aim is for graduates to be highly effective clinical leaders in their field and place of work.



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The programme is designed to facilitate and guide the student to care effectively and efficiently for critically ill patients and their families within the intensive care environment. Read more
The programme is designed to facilitate and guide the student to care effectively and efficiently for critically ill patients and their families within the intensive care environment. The major focus is the provision of care in a holistic manner and will build on existing knowledge and skills to become knowledgeable practitioners in the dynamic intensive care setting.

This course is especially designed for practice nurses, especially those working or hoping to work in ICU.

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