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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    19 June 2019

WHY FOUNDATIONS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY?

This MSc programme is provided in collaboration with the Salomons Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which is part of Canterbury Christ Church University. The MSc is designed for psychology graduates who are considering pursuing training in clinical psychology, and includes the provision of specialised teaching from qualified clinical psychologists.

At the end of the course, you will have gained an in-depth knowledge of theory, practice and research in clinical psychology, a discipline that involves the application of the scientific theory and principles of psychology to help in the understanding and alleviation of psychological distress and dysfunction, and in promoting well-being.

The aim is to help prepare you for potentially undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology, or training in other mental health disciplines, and as such the programme is intended to provide a stepping stone towards a rewarding potential career in clinical psychology or mental health.

Clinical psychology has an evidence-based emphasis, with a focus on a scientist-practitioner model and a strong emphasis on research, and the training in research methods on this programme will offer you the opportunity to engage in sophisticated, postgraduate level research in clinically-related areas of psychology.

It should be noted that this MSc does not form part of a doctoral qualification in clinical psychology or form part of a professional qualification as a clinical psychologist, and does not guarantee students entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate programme. Furthermore, completion of this MSc is not a requirement for entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate programme. However, clinical psychology is a highly sought after career, and it is intended that this programme will provide valuable learning in preparation for seeking clinical psychology training.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

The programme is designed for psychology graduates who are considering pursuing training in clinical psychology, or other mental health-related disciplines. As such the programme is intended to provide a stepping stone towards a rewarding potential career in clinical psychology or mental health.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will develop a sound and critical understanding of the theory and application of the core theoretical models on which clinical psychology draws. This will include a knowledge of explanatory theoretical models of the development and maintenance of a range of presenting psychological problems that people may experience throughout the lifespan, as well as critical consideration of approaches to the classification of psychological problems. You will also gain a sound understanding of clinical psychology assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation across a range of theoretical models, client groups, presenting problems and organisational contexts.

You will study a number of modules, as described below; (it should be noted that this course structure is provisional and subject to change). All modules are compulsory.

  • Models of clinical psychology and psychological problems
  • Psychological problems through the lifespan
  • Assessment, treatment and clinical skills
  • Professional, ethical and service-related issues
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methods and Statistics
  • Dissertation

LEARNING AND TEACHING

You will normally attend teaching on two days a week (or one day per week if you are part time).

You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, seminars, group work, practical-based workshops, role-plays, and research projects, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed study. For every hour of directed study, you are expected to put in around 5 to 6 hours of independent study. In total, you are expected to dedicate about 35 to 40 hours per week (including on-campus sessions) to your studies.

All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research-active academics, including qualified clinical psychologists.

In terms of support, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will also double as your mentor. This person will be your first port of call and will be available throughout your time with us. We also have a dedicated Psychology Student Welfare Officer.

The majority of teaching will take place in Canterbury. However, teaching may occasionally take place at the Salomons campus in Tunbridge Wells. 

ASSESSMENT

The programme will comprise 6 modules of 20 credits, and a research project of 60 credits, making a total of 180 credits.

Assessment is on an on­ going basis, using a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your time with us, and may include written assignments, practical assignments and reports, presentations, and a final research project.

FEES

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can   or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.


Visit the Foundations in Clinical Psychology - MSc page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!

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