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University of Strathclyde, Full Time MSc Degrees in Psychology

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The course is one of the largest in the UK and one of only two programmes of its kind in Scotland, approved by the BPS. The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help you work effectively as an educational psychologist with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals. Read more

Why this course?

The course is one of the largest in the UK and one of only two programmes of its kind in Scotland, approved by the BPS.

The MSc in Educational Psychology is designed to help you work effectively as an educational psychologist with young people, teachers, parents and other professionals.

This course, together with the Stage 2 Qualification in Educational Psychology, (Scotland) from the British Psychological Society (BPS), meets the requirements for registration as an educational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/educationalpsychology/

You’ll study

The course takes 24 months and is available on a full-time basis only. Entry is offered every two years, with an intake in September 2015, 2017 and so on.

There is a balanced mix of teaching and practical work in both years of the course. In the first year, you'll spend time:
- shadowing and observing
- carrying out practice-based assignments
- carrying out a collaborative group project

In the second year, the focus shifts to an 'apprenticeship' role. You’ll tackle the work of an educational psychologist under the supervision of your practice tutor. There’s also an individual project to complete.

Work placement

In Year 1, after an initial three-week block placement, trainee educational psychologists (TEPs) spend two days per week on placement with a local authority Psychological Service in Scotland, working on case studies and assignments. You’ll also work with children, young people and families across the key roles for an educational psychologist of consultation, assessment, intervention, training and research.

You’ll undertake three further two-week block placements: two in educational psychological services (one of which must be in Scotland but the second of which could be abroad) and the third in another form of community-based service (which, again, could be abroad).

Teaching staff

Our staff have had textbooks and papers on frameworks for educational psychology practice, assessment and implementation science, on the key reading lists of all educational psychology training programmes in the UK, contributing to international conferences.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
It’s a Stage 1 Qualification which allows graduates to undertake the Society’s Stage 2 Qualification in their first year of practice as probationers in Scotland.
This meets the requirements for registration as Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professionals Council and allows you to work as an educational psychologist in the UK.

International students

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

Learning & teaching

We use the following teaching methods to develop academic and professional skills and knowledge:
- seminars/lectures/workshops
- practice-based assignments
- TEP presentations
- independent reading
- individual tutorials
- problem-based learning involving collaborative/peer-led working
- use of interactive computer technology

Individual tutorials are held three times each 10-week term, normally for 30 minutes, on dates specified in advance. They provide opportunities for discussion of practical issues arising from placements, clarification of questions arising from seminars and workshops and discussion of any administrative matters. Additional tutorials are available on request.

Teaching takes place in the University on Mondays and Tuesdays during term-time. You spend Thursdays and Fridays in your long-term placements with a psychological service. Wednesdays are study days.

Assessment

Academic learning outcomes are assessed through:
- 5,000 word term-time essays (6 in total across Years 1 & 2)
- Year 1 and Year 2 projects (each of 15,000 words)
- participation in seminars
- presentations (for example, on initial block placement and Spring and Summer short placements, case study and project
presentations) individual tutorials

Professional practice learning outcomes are assessed through:
- a practice workfile
- critical performance indicators (CPIs) for professional practice
- term-time assignments and problem-based learning
- Year 1 collaborative project and Year 2 individual project
- three-way meetings with TEPs, university and practice tutors

Careers

- How much will I earn?
Pay scales in Scotland are set by the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).
Educational psychologists in Scottish local authorities earn in the region of £40,638 to £49,791. Senior and principal educational psychologists earn between £52,890 and £61,296.*

- Where are they now?
96.3% of graduates are in work or further study**

Job titles include:
- Educational Psychologist

Employers include:
- Local Authorities

*Information is intended only as a guide.

**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12).

Find information Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

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This course is for those aiming to develop careers in educational or clinical psychology. It can also prepare you for further postgraduate study and enhance your applications for research assistant posts. Read more

Why this course?

This course is for those aiming to develop careers in educational or clinical psychology. It can also prepare you for further postgraduate study and enhance your applications for research assistant posts.

You’ll learn the skills and theory for conducting research. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and discuss research with postgraduate students in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health. You’ll also play a role in research with members of our academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to be employed within the School of Psychological Sciences and Health as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/researchmethodsinpsychology/

You’ll study

This course is designed to maximise research potential. It should provide a thorough grounding in research methods for anyone wanting to get a research assistant post, apply for doctoral study or enter training for a scientist-practitioner oriented career such as clinical psychology.

As such, a significant proportion of time is devoted to allowing you to undertake a substantial research project, with one-to-one supervision, access to all the advanced research equipment and a focus on producing a thesis of sufficient quality that it is potentially publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

You’ll complete five areas of training over two semesters.

Facilities

Specialist research equipment is available for use by our postgraduate students, including:
- Motion capture via a suite of 6 infra-red cameras
- A driving simulator which can be programmed to display different scenarios and be used in conjunction with other equipment
- Several types of eye tracker available for use which have been previously used to examine topics such as word reading and bias in attention to alcohol related stimuli
- Two psychophysiology labs giving the ability to measure electrodermal activity, heart activity, electromyographic signals and EEG.
- Experiment generator package ‘E-Prime’. You're given full training enabling presentation and data recording for experimental studies
- A variety of questionnaires and ability measures and the Faculty provides open access to the online survey tool ‘Qualtrics’
- A common room solely for the use of Masters students which has computers with Microsoft Office and SPSS installed and a library of reference books

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

Sessions usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and are a mixture of tutorials, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions.

Assessment

Each taught class has its own set of assessments and these range from essays and reports to design and implementation of a computer-based experiment, a press release and an oral presentation.

Careers

The course is primarily designed for graduates in psychology who wish to begin a career in research. It's ideally suited to someone who wishes to apply for a post as a research assistant or wishes to apply for doctoral study.

Previous students have been successful in receiving PhD funding from the University as well as externally funded studentships and places at other universities.

It also provides research training to those graduates who may wish to enter professional training for jobs which have a ‘scientist-practitioner’ underpinning such as clinical psychology.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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This course is for those interested in pursuing professional or research training in applied psychology at Doctoral level. Read more

Why this course?

This course is for those interested in pursuing professional or research training in applied psychology at Doctoral level.

The classes that make up this course have been carefully developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology, in addition to providing training in research methods.

The knowledge and skills you'll develop will substantially help you if you're aiming to take a PhD in a clinical or health based area, or want to become a Practitioner Psychologist.

You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Single modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/clinicalhealthpsychology/

You’ll study

- Research methods
Three modules covering qualitative and quantitative analyses and common experimental methods.

- Applied
Four modules covering theoretical issues and practical skills relevant to medical conditions from a clinical, health and neuropsychological perspective.

- Professional practice & placement
This module provides you with the professional skills required in a workplace setting. You’ll complete a project linked to a real-world issue in a specific applied setting, for example, a pain clinic.

- Dissertation
You’ll complete an individual, supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes.

Work placement

You’ll have the opportunity of a work-based placement, arranged by the MSc team each year.
Typically, these will be available in NHS, academic, government and third sector settings. The placement is usually a consultancy project such as a service/training evaluation, case notes audit, or designing and delivering a stress management intervention.

Empirical project

You’ll undertake a significant empirical project suitable for publication during the MSc. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.

Facilities

We've a number of purpose built experimental labs and facilities including:
- Driving Simulator Lab
- Memory Lab
- Perception & Action Lab
- Psychophysiology Lab
- Psycholinguistics Lab
- Strathclyde Oculomotor Lab

Guest lectures

Practitioner psychologists contribute to both lectures and seminars throughout the course. For example, you’re introduced to techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing by Health & Care Professionals Councils (HCPC) accredited Practitioner Psychologists.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, practical training sessions and practical labs. Specialist guest lectures from external speakers are also included in the curriculum.
The placement enables you to experience an applied work setting and to begin to build your own independent professional networks.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are employed by the course including:
- practical reports
- self-reflective practice diaries
- exams
- design of health information leaflets
- poster presentation
- case study evaluations
- essays
- thesis

English language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5, with no area scoring less than 6.0.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Careers

The course will be of interest to students who wish to pursue a career as an applied psychologist, either as a researcher progressing to a PhD, or to support progression to further training to become a practitioner psychologist.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

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Person-centred-experiential counselling and psychotherapy is internationally recognised. Evidence suggests it's one of the leading therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and it continues to develop important practical applications and theoretical knowledge. Read more
Person-centred-experiential counselling and psychotherapy is internationally recognised. Evidence suggests it's one of the leading therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing, and it continues to develop important practical applications and theoretical knowledge.

Our long-established postgraduate courses in counselling have offered a unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience of the Person-Centred-Experiential methods applied in counselling and psychotherapy, to Masters level. Our courses have an international reputation and attract students from the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, China, and India.

The course has been restructured to meet evolving standards for evidence-based practice, rising educational standards, increased professional regulation, and rapid social and economic change. You'll gain a solid grounding and thorough integration of theory, research and practice, as well as a capacity to engage with the wider field of human distress and wellbeing, including private, public and third sector mental health agencies.

You’ll study

The emphasis is on person-centred therapy throughout the programme. You'll undertake counselling training, including theoretical, personal and professional development and practical/skills-based components, over an 11-month period (September to August).

The counselling practice element of the training includes the following classes:
-The Therapeutic Relationship
-The Therapeutic Process
-Personality Theory
-Counselling Case Analysis
-Counselling Practicum
-Personal & Professional Development

The Research Dissertation class involves training in counselling research methods and a write-up of a small empirical study, practical case study, or review of research.

Work placement

You'll receive intensive skills training to prepare you to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of counselling experience. This counselling practice is undertaken with real clients across a range of placements within third-sector organisations, voluntary agencies and other health service educational and community settings.

You'll develop your skills and capacity to practice as a professional therapist leading to accreditation with professional bodies such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and COSCA. 

Major projects

The Research Dissertation involves training in the main counselling research methods and four options for research projects: a quantitative study, a qualitative study, a systematic case study or a systematic review. 

Facilities

We have dedicated teaching space especially set up to foster collaborative learning in groups.

The Counselling Unit at Strathclyde has developed one of the most diverse and innovative databases of counselling opportunities in the UK. You'll be supported to organise your own counselling work placement opportunity by our team.

Course awards

The MSc course run by the Counselling Unit received the Charlotte and Karl Bühler award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology in 2010, given to key organisations that have made outstanding and lasting contributions to humanistic psychology. 

Student competitions

In 2013 and 2015, two of our MSc students received the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Outstanding Research awards.

In 2016, one of our MSc Students received the PCCS Books student prize for the winning paper presented at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy research conference.

Guest lectures

The Counselling Unit has a long tradition of guest lectures, particularly the annual Mary Kilborn Lecture. In 2016/17 Professor Stephen Joseph will give a lecture entitled, ‘Building Bridges between Positive Psychology and the Person-Centred Experiential Approach’.

Course content

Semester 1 classes
-The Therapeutic Relationship
-Personality Theory

Semester 2 classes
-The Therapeutic Process
-Counselling Case Formulation

Semester 1 & 2 classes
-Personal & Professional Development
-Counselling Practicum
-Counselling Research Dissertation

Learning & teaching

The MSc will be delivered on a full-time (one-year) basis and delivered using a combination of large group formats (lecture/workshop/groupwork) and small group formats (supervision, personal and professional development groups) plus pre-recorded/streaming blended learning inputs.

You'll be expected to supplement class time with directed and self-directed learning and placement experience working with clients in community settings. The research class will be delivered with a combination of lectures on the main research methods in counselling research, and small group tutorials and independent work.

Assessment

Assessment is through summative written assignments and formative assessments which draw on interactions within all the aspects of the course.

Careers

Graduates from our training courses have the potential to move into full-time or part-time positions. However, the more typical pathway is for students to continue within their placements, adding to their client experience.

Most UK employers are looking for client-contact hours greater than the minimum 100 hours gained during training. Many students quickly gain part-time employment in agencies offering telephone counselling and also in employee assistance programmes offering short-term counselling to their employees.

We encourage our graduates to work towards professional accreditation which also affords professional registration and recognition. A therapist requires 450 hours of practice to begin the accreditation process and the majority of counsellors also engage in advanced professional development to broaden their professional profile while working towards accreditation.

Ultimately, most counsellors work in a mixture of part-time settings, such as paid part-time work in the NHS or voluntary sector, plus some private practice and/or gaining a qualification to do group work or professional supervision. Other choose to mix their practice with non-counselling employment.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to train as a qualified counselling practitioner. Read more

Why this course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to train as a qualified counselling practitioner. This can be done on a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) basis. The course is run by our Counselling Unit.

The course has a person-centred orientation. This is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that has earned the Counselling Unit an international reputation as a centre of excellence.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/counselling/

You’ll study

The Postgraduate Diploma has five key areas:
- understanding the counselling and personality theories of the person-centred approach and the issues around professional practice
- skills involved in creating therapeutic conditions and advancing the therapeutic process in counselling relationships with a range of clients
- learning to use individual and group supervision to protect client well-being and to enhance counsellor personal and professional development
- discovering and confronting attitudes and values that inhibit functioning as a counsellor
- developing self-acceptance, inner directedness, and appropriate use of self and personal reactions within the therapeutic relationship
- developing competence and confidence in counselling practice to work in intensive as well as short-term contracts with clients

- MSc
You may progress from the postgraduate diploma to the MSc. The MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy course consists of three classes or modules in addition to those studied on the postgraduate diploma. They are:
- Counselling Research 1: Research Methods & Ethics Proposal
- Counselling Research 2: Research Dissertation
- Advanced Professional Development in Counselling

The topic of the research dissertation is your choice but you’re invited to link your research to the Counselling Unit’s main research themes:
- person-centred/experiential therapies: process and outcomes
- emotion-focused therapy
- the application of the above approaches and related humanistic therapy processes to social anxiety, depression, trauma and other specific client presenting difficulties
- relational processes, including contact disturbances/pre-therapy, relational ruptures and contact-heightened states (for example, relational depth)
- the development of person-centred/experiential approaches and training in third world or politically troubled countries
- training and supervision in person-centred/experiential psychotherapies

Teaching staff

Staff in our Counselling Unit are trained and accredited through their relevant professional bodies and/or registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. They are experienced practitioners as well as trainers, ensuring our courses offer thoroughly practical training of the highest quality and integrity.

Accreditation

Both the part-time and the full-time courses have won the Certificate of Accreditation of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Learning & teaching

- Part-time
This course is run over two academic years. You’ll attend an intensive week of teaching in September as well as attending the University one day per week throughout the academic year. This'll be on either a Monday or Tuesday (according to year of entry) and is from 1pm to 8pm. The course concludes with an intensive week of teaching in June.

- Full-time
This course is made up of four full weeks of teaching in October. Teaching continues on Wednesday to Friday for one academic year. Mondays and Tuesdays are used for counselling practice in an agreed setting.

- MSc
You may progress from the postgraduate diploma to the MSc.
On the Masters programme you’ll have focused instruction on counselling research methods in four day-long intensive training workshops. You’ll also have:
- ongoing research supervision
- an opportunity to participate in monthly meetings
- a bulletin board discussion group to support the completion of a 15,000 to 20,000-word research-based dissertation

Assessment

The Diploma is awarded on completion of the course including:
- full participation in the course
- submission of the four assignments which meet the given criteria
- submission of audio tapes of practical work at regular intervals
- maintenance of adequate and sufficient counselling opportunities
- maintenance of sufficient and regular individual supervision during counselling practice
- completion of the self-appraisal statement

Careers

- How much will I earn?
- starting salaries for counsellors can be around £19,000 - £26,000 but this can vary considerably.*
- with experience and supervisory responsibilities, counsellors can earn £30,000 - £40,000.*

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects http://www.prospects.ac.uk/counsellor_salary.htm

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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