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MSc Applied Clinical Psychology

Course Description

The MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology has been specifically designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in core theoretical, methodological, and empirical areas of clinical psychology. This programme is aimed at graduates who wish to strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for a career in clinical psychology and is taught by academics/research experts in their field, HCPC Registered Psychologists, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and service users and/or carers. You will also have the opportunity to undertake and be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement.

With one day of teaching (Tuesdays), delivery is designed to support those with full-time jobs or family commitments, and full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) study options are available.


• Clinical Psychology across the Lifespan
• Professional Issues and Practice in Clinical Psychology
• Clinical Skills
• Applied Clinical Psychology: Clinical neuropsychology; clinical psychology in Forensic and Health settings; placement opportunity.
• Clinical Research Design and Processes
• Research Methods and Statistics for Clinical Psychologists
• Advanced Clinical Psychology Project

Advanced research skills and competencies are developed further through a project supported by an experienced researcher within the programme team, where you will be given the opportunity to apply your skills to a relevant topic in clinical psychology.

The applied focus of the course places a key emphasis on supporting placement opportunities for our students; with staff assisting you in finding a suitable placement, and ensuring you work on a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., service evaluation)*. The course also targets your development of applied skills through embedding your core knowledge directly into clinical contexts within role play and case study review. A critical area in your skill development will be working on developing your competence in reflection and clinical communication, learning how to adapt your style for different client groups. You will also be encouraged to explore applied approaches in specialized areas such as neuropsychological assessment.

From the very beginning our course has embedded service user/carer perspectives from course development, through to delivery and assessment. This is supported by UCLan’s service user/carer team (Comensus), made up of individuals who use their own personal narratives from a wide range of psychological and neurological difficulties. They will support you in exploring your involvement in a range of services, and they will share their experiences with you in a safe, supportive environment.

Work experience

If you wish to undertake a placement will be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement. Placements may be in the private sector, third sector, or NHS. Examples include mental health and counselling services; or substance abuse, dementia and homeless charities. You will undertake a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., audit, service evaluation, or psychoeducational work) and the work will be agreed prior to the start of the placement. The placement module can also be undertaken by students already in employment in an appropriate setting (e.g., as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS).

Learning Environment

We aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students. The School is based in the multi-million pound purpose-built Darwin Building, which includes an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including: a Brain Imaging Laboratory, Observational Suite equipped with one-way mirrors and video cameras; established Health Psychology Suite; and eye tracking equipment. The School has a thriving community of PhD and MSc students and has links with regional universities, NHS hospital trusts, schools and community groups.

Visit the MSc Applied Clinical Psychology page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 honours degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC: or an equivalent International professional body). The course is intended as a gateway to a doctoral training programme in clinical psychology, for which GBC is required. If you have a 2.2 honours degree in Psychology you may be considered for a place on the course providing you can demonstrate strengths in both Research Methods and Statistics, and clinical psychology or related subject areas. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications

Course Fees

£6,000 (full-time for UK EU) / £1,000 per 20 credit module (first 6 modules) (UK/EU)

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