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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.
The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse. Graduates are required to complete six years of education and training to be eligible for registration. As the final stage of this pathway, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond, ensures graduates are equipped with sound research, ethical and counselling skills, preparing them for placements in external settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates can apply for full Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Join the professional practice of psychology through advanced education. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat psychological conditions.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been granted accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has full approval of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of Associate Membership to the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Further, students in the program combine coursework subjects with a dissertation, along with two practical placements in the dedicated on-campus Psychology Clinic, and two practical placements with external employers.
The primary objective of the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) Degree is to provide advanced education in the professional practice of psychology. The training is based on a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and applied skills required by a registered practicing psychologist with an emphasis in the area of program specialisation (i.e., Clinical Psychology). The program draws from a range of theoretical perspectives informed by contemporary research and practice. The Masters by Coursework Degree integrates coursework, research and practical placement experience. Students complete a series of placement experiences under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced Supervisors, and apply best practice models to a professional standard. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for full registration as a Psychologist, full membership of the APS, and associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program comprises 16 subjects, as follows:
Core subjects (7)
Students must choose one (1) elective subject from:
Students complete the first two-semester internship at the psychology clinic located on campus under staff supervision, and two externships in a clinical community setting under external supervision.
*Bond University cannot guarantee the availability of suitable externships on the Gold Coast. Students may be required to travel to up to 100 km from the University (e.g., Brisbane and northern New South Wales) to complete this requirement. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Externship sites.
Students undertake a research project that allows them to investigate, and report on, a specialised topic in the area of clinical psychology.
Students must enrol in 30 credit points per semester.
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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