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Staffordshire University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Psychology

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-Develop your skills to critically evaluate the current knowledge, theory and evidence base relevant to health psychology. Equip you with the skills and capabilities relevant to progression to health psychology practice. Read more
-Develop your skills to critically evaluate the current knowledge, theory and evidence base relevant to health psychology.
Equip you with the skills and capabilities relevant to progression to health psychology practice.
-Develop your skills to use a range of techniques and research methods applicable to psychological enquiry.
-Enable you to apply relevant ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
-Develop your ability to communicate effectively (verbally and non-verbally) with colleagues, research supervisors and a wider audience.
-Enable you to demonstrate an ability to disseminate work appropriately in a range of written and oral formats.
-Equip you with the conceptual understanding, skills and knowledge to critically reflect on and synthesise all of the above to inform your developing professional identity as a trainee health psychologist.

Course content

The MSc in Health Psychology is awarded on the successful completion of the following modules:
-Core Issues in Health Psychology
-Psychology Research Methods
-Communication Issues in Health Care Settings
-Impact and Experience of Long-term Conditions
-Applications of Health Psychology
-Dissertation

These modules cover the core curriculum of health psychology required by the BPS for Stage One professional training.

Staffordshire University Masters Program
The MSc in Health Psychology operates within the general framework for the University Modular Masters Programme. To obtain an MSc in Health Psychology you will have to complete modules worth 180 credits. This programme of study normally takes 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time to complete. It is also possible to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Psychology following the completion of taught modules worth 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology having completed taught modules worth 120 credits.

Full time students attend weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Part time students attend on Thursdays in the first year, and Tuesdays in the second year.

Employment opportunities

Graduates from the MSc Health Psychology go on to work in a range of settings such as: research assistantships, trainee psychologists, systematic reviewers, stop-smoking advisors, IAPT practitioners, and PhD studentships.

Staffordshire University also offers a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology which provides Stage Two professional training in Health Psychology with full-time and part-time modes of study.

Other admission requirements

Applicants who have not completed their degree at a recognised UK university must obtain Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and include evidence of this with their application. Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved 7.0 or above on all components of the IELTS and provide evidence of this with their application.

If you do not meet our entry criteria: If you have a BSc Hons in psychology at a 2.2 level and recent clinical experience or other relevant qualifications you may be eligible to register for the certificate in Health Psychology, with the potential to progress to the MSc. Please contact Dr Amy Burton to discuss your options.

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Health psychology can be defined as the study of psychological processes and their application to health, illness and health care. Read more
Health psychology can be defined as the study of psychological processes and their application to health, illness and health care. The Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology programme provides supervision to enable students to develop skills in research, teaching, professional skills and consultancy. The programme runs for a minimum of two years for full-time students, and a minimum of four years for part-time students. The award follows closely the framework for Stage 2 professional training in health psychology, which is set by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

Graduates from this award gain Stage 2 accreditation towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and eligibility to apply to register as a Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The programme has been designed to equip students with D-level skills in research, teaching, consultancy, professional practice and behaviour change interventions. The qualification provides a guarantee for employers and clients of competence in core aspects of health psychology and professional practice, including research, consultancy, and teaching skills.

After enrolment, you will take part in a two-day induction programme. This is designed to cover all modules, and will introduce you to the competencies required on the course, and to the University facilities. This will be followed by a supportive programme of workshops which runs throughout the year, covering all five competencies:
-Advanced Research Methods: You will be guided in how to independently, critically review research literature, design a study, collect and analyse data, and interpret and report results.
-Consultancy Skills in Health Psychology: You will be guided in how to conduct consultancy in health psychology and related arenas.
-Teaching in Health Psychology: In this module you will develop your teaching skills, enabling you to teach two different types of students, one of which must be health care professionals.
-Professional Competence in Health Psychology: You will be mentored through the process of fostering self-development in professional practice, implementation of systems to ensure high professional standards in professional practice, guidance in providing feedback to clients, and team-working skills.
-Psychological Interventions: You will be facilitated in developing your awareness/understanding of and ability to utilize good practices in designing, implementing and evaluating interventions aimed at changing health behaviours.

Other admission requirements

The deadline for applications is usually the end of June each year (for the Sept start). Please contact the Faculty of Sciences Recruitment Centre for more information. Places are limited due to supervisor availability.

All students will be interviewed before being admitted on to the programme. You must convince staff at interview that you have a suitable idea for the empirical study which links in with current staff research interests, and that you have access to relevant research populations for placement learning.

You will be required to have a DBS check.

Students whose first language is not English must have achieved Level 7 on all parts of IELTS.

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The Staffordshire University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is an integrated 3-year full time course leading to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology. Read more
The Staffordshire University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) is an integrated 3-year full time course leading to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology. It is a collaborative venture between the University and clinical psychologists in Shropshire and Staffordshire. The course is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The curriculum is based on the HCPC Standards of Education and Training and Standards of Proficiency and the BPS Accreditation Criteria. Graduates are eligible to apply for Practitioner Psychologist Registration with the HCPC and Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS.

Our curriculum is designed to develop clinicians who can draw on a broad range of psychological models and theories to inform their clinical work and who have the confidence to use a variety of research methods appropriate to addressing clinical questions. An important strand running through the course is the impact of society and context upon psychological wellbeing, and we attempt to ensure that issues of difference and diversity are fully addressed. We encourage our trainees to be alert to the changing health needs of the population, the NHS, and the research base that informs clinical practice. We encourage trainees to be mindful of power differences within professional relationships. We value service user and carer perspectives, and the active role service users/carers can play in the planning and development of services.

Course content

The course is full-time for three years and attendance at all course components is mandatory. The length of the course cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience.
Trainees' time on the course is divided between academic work, research, individual study time and clinical experience. Each academic year begins with a mandatory induction block of up to six weeks, plus mandatory NHS Trust training in Year 1, to prepare trainees for safe and effective practice in their supervised clinical work.

Academic Teaching
Academic teaching consists of workshops, lectures, seminars, and online learning. It covers a broad range of topics in psychology, providing the knowledge base for practice and training in clinical, professional, therapeutic, and research skills. Teaching in Years 1 and 2 is closely linked with the competencies that are assessed on placements, whilst teaching in Year 3 focuses more on specialist skills. Teaching is provided by course staff supported by Clinical Psychologists and Service Users from the course area and beyond.

Clinical Experience
Clinical placements are mostly located in services within NHS Trusts in Shropshire and Staffordshire where clinical psychology is a strong and well-developed profession. The Clinical Director is responsible for planning placements with each trainee to offer a coherent and effective experience. Clinical placements start after induction blocks and take place in a wide range of hospitals, clinics, community centres, and independent sector agencies. In Year 1 trainees are normally placed in the same geographical area as their employer. Trainees have a degree of choice over their third year clinical experience. During each year, trainees work with up to three Main Supervisors who assume responsibility for supervising the work over time periods ranging between 3 and 12 months (typically six months), amounting to a minimum number of placement days overall. Trainees may also undertake specific pieces of work with other supervisors. Each trainee develops an Individual Learning Portfolio which is drawn up by the trainee in discussion with the Main Supervisors, the Clinical Director/Tutor and their Personal Tutor.

Research
The research component of the course encompasses research methods training (qualitative and quantitative methods) and the process of conducting clinically relevant research. Assessed research activities include critical appraisal of literature; a research proposal; a research methods examination; a service evaluation project; and a major research thesis incorporating a literature review, an empirical paper, and a summary report. Thesis papers should be of publishable standard and at least one paper must be submitted to a nominated journal. The thesis is initiated early in Year 1 and completed in the second semester of Year 3. There is considerable scope for choice of research topic and methodologies, provided that they are in line with national and/or local research priorities and with available supervision. Trainees are co-supervised by academics from Staffordshire University and local clinicians. Trainees have access to a wide range of University and NHS library and online resources to support research activity.

Other admission requirements

Experience requirements
Candidates must have a minimum of one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) practical experience of working with people in a human service setting. Applicants with experience outside traditional health/caring settings are encouraged to apply, and should clearly outline how the experience is relevant to the profession and study of clinical psychology. If necessary, candidates should include further information to this effect about their relevant work experience in the personal statement section of the application form.

Relevant examples could include the demonstration of skills in: understanding different issues for people across the life-span; understanding the impact of different social circumstances on psychological distress and wellbeing; working with a range of other professionals; experience of psychometric assessment or other forms of assessment; assisting service users to have a voice; gaining some understanding or experience of the NHS and Social Care services etc.

Clinically related research may also be considered appropriate experience, but this would need to comprise involvement in the research process that has included direct client contact, thereby demonstrating appropriate skills. Completion of a higher degree would not in itself evidence sufficient research experience. Doctoral training is clinically, emotionally and academically demanding, therefore candidates need to demonstrate aptitude for this level of work and show how they will manage the demands of training.

Application and Selection Procedure
Applications to this course are made through the Clinical Psychology Clearing House. Full information about the application process, including entry criteria, can be found on the Clearing House website. The Staffordshire course entry is here: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/Clin27Staffordshire.html

Applicants who meet the minimum criteria entry are invited to undertake a written exercise during February at Staffordshire University. The highest scoring candidates are invited to, or placed on a reserve list for, the interview stage of our selection process, subject to satisfactory references. Following this stage, offers are made to the most suitable candidates, subject to satisfactory Occupational Health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

References
Applicants must provide the names of two referees, one able to comment on academic achievement and one on relevant experience.

Funding
Health Education West Midlands (HEWM) funds the salaries and University fees of all trainees throughout their training. Trainees are employed by one of the NHS Trusts in the region, with associated NHS terms and conditions, on Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scale.
HEWM will only fund EU/EEA citizens. Owing to pressure on placements, it is regrettably not possible to accept non-EU/EEA citizens and there are currently no self/non-NHS funded places.

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The course follows the framework for professional training in health psychology developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society. Read more
The course follows the framework for professional training in health psychology developed by the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society. The MSc aims to give you an overview of health psychology with a focus on the methodologies and models underpinning health research and practice. Consideration of ethical and professional issues is central to the course.

Core modules include: Health Psychology Core Issues, Communication Issues in Health Care Settings, The Impact and Experience of Chronic Illness, Applications of Health Psychology, Research Methods Awareness, Research Methods in Health Psychology and a Dissertation.

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This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Read more
This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Drawing on a variety of multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging formats to help you learn, and provide interaction between students and tutors. You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics, leadership, applied research methods, skill acquisition, physical activity and mental health, stress, and resilience.

As an exclusively online course, this MSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills around your life.

The MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology is aimed at individuals who come from a sport science (or related) background and wish to study applied sport and exercise psychology at Masters Level. This MSc provides the required post-graduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and to gain Chartered Scientist status that can support a career in sport and exercise psychology.

Course content

-Physical Activity and Mental Health
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise
-The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Dissertation

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This award is designed to provide the qualification and experience for you to enter a conversion degree in psychology. Read more
This award is designed to provide the qualification and experience for you to enter a conversion degree in psychology. Conversion degrees, such as our own Graduate Diploma in Psychology, offer a fast track route to eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society, and are therefore the first step towards further postgraduate training aimed at professional status. This course may be studied by graduates with no prior knowledge of psychology.

Intakes twice a year in September and January/February.

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This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Read more
This is a 1-year full-time course, all teaching is delivered in a distance-learning format, through an online Virtual Learning Environment. Drawing on a variety of multi-media technologies, the elements are broken down into various engaging formats to help you learn, and provide interaction between students and tutors. You will explore a wide-ranging curriculum, covering subjects such as applied sport psychology techniques, group dynamics, leadership, applied research methods, skill acquisition, physical activity and mental health, stress, and resilience.

As an exclusively online course, this MSc is unique in the UK, and through Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning expertise you will gain access to a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills around your life.

If you have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) this course provides Stage 1 training towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. It’s also suitable for anyone with a Sport and Exercise Science or related first-degree background, however, to complete Stage 2 training with the BPS you’ll need to obtain GBC via a conversion course before enrolling in Stage 2.

Modules

-Physical Activity and Mental Health
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport and Exercise
-The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Dissertation

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The Professional Doctorate Programme offers teaching and learning opportunities in health psychology to enable students to demonstrate. Read more
The Professional Doctorate Programme offers teaching and learning opportunities in health psychology to enable students to demonstrate
D-level competencies in the following areas: research, consultancy/contract research, aspects of professional practice, teaching, and a choice of options. It aims to equip students for British Psychological Society Chartered Health Psychologist status. The course was accredited by the BPS as Stage 2 training in 2003. In the BPS accreditation meeting the course was commended for the level of student satisfaction with the programme and the level of physical resources underpinning the programme.

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You will study six modules in parallel during your time on the award. -Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory and Core Skills (15 credits). Read more
You will study six modules in parallel during your time on the award:
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory and Core Skills (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Context (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Depression (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Anxiety Disorders(15 credits)
-Developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice (30 credits)
-Consolidating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice (30 credits)

Teaching and learning

This award aims to:
-To produce clinicians who have a sound critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT and who are able to competently undertake CBT assessments and interventions with adults with common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression according to relevant professional ethical frameworks.
-To contribute towards the requirements of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies for accreditation as a cognitive behavioural therapist.
-Teaching and supervision sessions take place at the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education Stafford and in the Learning Centre of St George’s Hospital in Stafford.

Other admission requirements

Have access to a BABCP accredited workplace supervisor who can offer regular supervision. Meet the Staffordshire University required level of proficiency in English (Level 6).

All potential trainees will be interviewed and required to undertake a written assessment before being admitted to the award. Potential trainees will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary interpersonal and academic abilities to achieve the award.

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in working with service users.

Funding is available via NHS West Midlands to support individuals who are employed in relevant NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector mental health services in undertaking this course. Funding arrangements are as follows:
-For new posts in IAPT services – 100% salary costs (backfill) for 12 months and 100% course fees
-Replacement posts in IAPT services – 100% course fees
-Existing posts in non-IAPT mental health services – 100% salary costs (backfill) for 12 months and 100% course fees
-Places are also available for self-funding applicants.

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