Choose Kingston's Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc
This MSc course provides a dynamic and current perspective across the various areas of clinical applications of psychology. Specifically, it covers theories of psychopathology from childhood to adulthood, and clinical applications of psychology in health and wellbeing. The course also covers basic counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) skills, as well as the professional issues relevant to clinical practitioners.
Please note that, although this course is anticipated to significantly enhance your knowledge of the clinical applications of psychology and therefore benefit your future career – be it in clinical training and practice, research or other related areas of psychology – it does not lead to a professional qualification as a clinical psychologist, nor does it guarantee entry to doctoral-level training in clinical psychology.
You will be taught by both clinically active psychologists as well as academics who conduct research in clinically relevant areas.
There is a strong practical focus – across all modules, we emphasise applying the relevant theory and research to clinical practice in mental health. You will also acquire foundation counselling and cognitive behavioural skills.
If you are already in a clinical placement, we will support you in considering relevant empirical evidence and how it may inform your work with the particular client group.
What you will study
You will gain in-depth knowledge of theories of adult and child psychopathology, and will study the biopsychosocial aspects of health and illness. You will explore the evidence base for psychological and behavioural change interventions in mental and physical health, and will cover advanced research methodology and statistics. The course also provides opportunities for detailed and advanced study (via the dissertation) of a chosen area in clinical applications of psychology, enabling further development of your practical research skills. You will acquire basic counselling and cognitive behavioural skills, and will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the issues relevant to clinical practice, such as context and settings for clinical practitioners. You will also consider professional issues and current debates in ethics and diversity relevant to practitioners and researchers in mental health, and will learn how to apply ethical principles in both your research and via real or hypothetical clinical case studies.
Assessment methods include essays, in-class tests, presentations, unseen examinations, laboratory reports and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Clinical Applications of Psychology Professional Practice Psychology Dissertation Psychopathology Across the Life Span Research Design and Analysis
All modules are core.
What this course offers you
This course has a strong research focus and is taught by researchers who are active in clinical and health psychology. It also has a strong practical focus – across all modules we emphasise applying the relevant theory and research to clinical practice in mental health. You will also acquire foundation counselling and cognitive behavioural skills. The dissertation will give you a chance to deepen your knowledge in an area of interest. We will encourage you to conduct research of publishable standards. We consider both professional issues and current debates in ethics and diversity relevant to practitioners and researchers in mental health. You will learn how to apply ethical principles in both your research and via real or hypothetical clinical case studies. If you are already in a clinical placement, we will support you in considering relevant empirical evidence and how it may inform your work with the particular client group. For students without a clinical placement we are often able to find a suitable placement for the duration of the course.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Good honours degree in psychology or equivalent; or a mental health qualification or other suitable professional experience. Knowledge of statistics and research methods skills up to third year undergraduate psychology level or equivalent is required.
Recipient: Kingston University
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