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Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc /PG Dip/PG Cert

Course Description

The MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology provides modules in aspects of psychology relevant to clinical practice, for students who are intending to apply to doctoral programmes in clinical psychology. Whilst there is no guarantee that students will ultimately be successful in gaining entry to doctoral programmes, this course is intended to strengthen your CV and enable you to get the most out of your relevant experience.

It is expected that most students accepted onto the MSc will be currently working in clinically relevant posts, such as psychology assistants, nursing assistants or therapy aides.

Module Information
There are six taught modules, taught sequentially over two years:
• Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
• Adult Psychopathology
• Neuropsychological Assessment
• Professional Issues, Ethics and Diversity
• Clinical Forensic Psychopathology
• Childhood Psychopathology.

The dissertation can be studied in three ways:
• In year 1, with study across 2 years alongside taught modules
• In year 2, with study alongside the remaining taught modules
• In year 3, after completing the taught modules.

After completing three modules, you will be eligible to receive a Postgraduate Certificate, and after six modules a Postgraduate
Diploma. Successful completion of the dissertation leads to the award of the MSc.

The research methods module will further develop your knowledge of the breadth of methods used in psychological research,
and the legal and ethical implications of conducting research.

The adult psychopathology aspects of the programme will enable you to conceptualise, describe and differentiate between the various psychological disorders, and develop your awareness and critical understanding of empirically derived treatment systems.

Within the neuropsychological assessment module you will gain experience and knowledge of key neuropsychological tests, and how cognition is affected by neurological conditions. This is informed by studying the principles of neuropsychological assessment and disorders of memory, attention, executive function and language.

The MSc will also improve your understanding of professional issues, ethics and diversity, considering the current and developing structure of clinical psychology in the UK. You will engage with current debates in ethics and diversity and learn how to competently apply ethical principles to real and hypothetical case examples. You will also relate these experiences to your own professional development.

In the clinical forensic psychopathology module consideration will be given to perspectives on offending behaviour, approaches to assessment and treatment, particularly examining these issues with specific offender types.

The area of childhood psychopathology will be explored, and you will be expected to apply psychological theories, research and case studies to a range of childhood psychopathologies. You will examine behavioural disorders, emotional disorders and, developmental and learning disorders in childhood and adolescence including assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Finally, the dissertation will provide you with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest relevant to the field of clinical psychology and to design, plan and execute an in-depth research project.

This programme is delivered predominantly on-line, with some Newman-based workshops held at weekends.

Throughout the course you will develop the skills to successfully disseminate information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. You will be assessed using a range of techniques such as on-line quizzes, essays, journal article presentations and

Research Areas
Research in this area is fundamental to the mission of Newman University. The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester).

“This course occupies a niche in higher education in psychology that does not seem to be filled elsewhere: a grounding in clinical psychology theory and research that can support and provide an additional dimension to the experience of psychology
graduates who are aiming to go on in the future to train in clinical or other related areas of applied psychology. The syllabus has been carefully designed to meet the course aims. The outcomes can be demonstrated in the level of performance of the students (and also in their reported success in gaining places on Doctorate courses).”
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(Student Profile)

Ellice Parkinson

I find human beings fascinating and understanding other people's behaviour has always been a passion of mine. Psychology students are always asked if we are psychoanalysing people as we talk to them - the answer is therefore yes!!

I decided that I wanted to be a clinical psychologist back in year 11, so it has always been a long term aim of mine! I started studying Psychology at Durham University in 2009 where I featured as the president of the psychology society. However I was disappointed that there was only one module on abnormal psychology in the whole three years, which is what I find most interesting. Therefore in my final year of university, when I saw the Newman Msc in Clinical applications of psychology advertised, the modules immediately appealed to me.

At first, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to manage a masters course as well as full time work, however I've found that I look forward to my masters reading and weekly webchat with my fellow students and tutor. The course has been thought out really well with weekly work deadlines, to help us manage our time, and the course is completely tailored around the doctorate of clinical psychology, which means that our work will be of a high standard. I personally want to apply to the doctorate as soon as I can, which is why we complete our research proposal in the first term, so that we can apply for the doctorate in our first year, if we would like.

This Masters course is hard work, but so interesting and will be a massive achievement once completed. I am so pleased that I ended up applying to the course and would recommend it to anyone who is committed to psychology.


Entry Requirements

A 2.2 degree in Psychology conferring GBC from the BPS

Course Fees

2017: UK/EU: £6,075 (£675 per module); International £11,700 (£1,300 per module)

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