This course provides education and training in research and clinical skills relevant to people’s physical and psychological rehabilitation, chronic illness and disability.
Is this for you?
The course is designed for psychology graduates and those working as part of a multidisciplinary team as assistant psychologists, or conducting rehabilitation research in healthcare settings.
It is also suitable as a preparation for clinical psychology training. There is a focus on clinical application throughout the course: how to use what you learn in practical settings.
What will you gain?
On the MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology you will:
• Learn about the impact of physical illness and disability on psychological functioning • Understand issues related to assessment, rehabilitation and recovery of people with physical illness and disability • Develop in-depth knowledge about rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions • Evaluate evidence about the effectiveness of rehabilitation • Develop the ability to apply psychological knowledge within a rehabilitation context • Receive training in research and clinical skills relevant to working as a psychologist in healthcare and research • Design and conduct a research project in your area of interest
On graduation, you will have received a thorough grounding the relevant theories, and be able to work more effectively in rehabilitation settings. By expanding your research skills you will also be able to engage in evidence-based clinical practice in your future career.
The MSc Rehabilitation Psychology benefits from the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing's established expertise in areas such as chronic illness, neuropsychological rehabilitation, complex interventions and web-based research. Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered together, to help students and staff make a difference in the real world. We are proud to welcome a truly international community and, although this course provides training in skills that are relevant to the UK’s National Health Service, it will also provide an excellent foundation in Rehabilitation Psychology for international students.
Teaching is delivered by a wide range of staff and guest lecturers, including local clinical psychologists and other multidisciplinary clinicians. Some modules are shared with students on other courses such as the MSc in Health Psychology as well as other courses within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. However, the MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology is distinct in its focus on issues related to rehabilitation.
The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.
You will study the following modules during the course:
• Clinical Skills • Assessment of Cognitive Function • Stroke • Introduction in Research Methods • Cognitive Rehabilitation and Evaluation • Theoretical Foundations of Rehabilitation • Qualitative Research Methods • Quantitative Methods
Please note that all module details are subject to change. During the second semester and during the summer period you will undertake a rehabilitation research project. This is your opportunity to complete a piece of professional applied research under the supervision of a suitably experienced member of academic staff.
The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology will be of value to psychology graduates who have an interest in working in healthcare settings, as psychology assistants conducting research in rehabilitation and healthcare, or as a preparation for clinical psychology training.
Ruth completed her Masters course with distinction in 2009 and now works as an assistant psychologist.
"I graduated in 2009 and am now working as an assistant psychologist in a residential unit in Liverpool for adults with acquired brain injuries, run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust. I work with service users to write behavioural guidelines, six-monthly reviews, and meet with them weekly to discuss their mood, behaviour and goals. I’m currently learning how to conduct neuropsychological testing, something I learnt about from a research perspective in my masters.
I completed a number of neuropsychology modules as part of my degree and became very interested in brain injuries and their impact on cognitive functioning and everyday life. I had decided to apply for a masters as I know that they can be valuable when applying for the clinical psychology doctorate. The MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology offered by Nottingham University sounded perfect in terms of meeting my interests, it was an area I would like to specialise in later following the clinical psychology doctorate, and I thought it would be helpful in improving my CV and giving me an edge over other competitors for jobs. The course provided a strong basis in brain injury and the many impairments that can present, how these can be rehabilitated, and the importance of solid research methods. It made me read journal articles in a more critical way, it provided an opportunity to conduct meaningful research with clinical populations, and I met people with similar interests at heart.
Having a masters was a significant contributing factor to me getting a job as an assistant psychologist in a brain injury unit. It gave me confidence in the interview from my solid knowledge base and provided me with critical analysis skills, as well as showing that I had a level of specialism above others without a masters.
Another reason for applying for this masters was that I love living in Nottingham. I completed my degree at Nottingham University too and it is a fantastic city to live in. It has a great night life and music scene, good shopping and restaurants, and a great student-feel. The lecturers are friendly and approachable and the small size of the Rehab Psychology course creates a friendly atmosphere and an easy environment in which to make friends."
It was during the first semester of my third year at University that the famous “final year panic” kicked in. I realised I had been quite naive about my career prospects, and learnt just how hard it is to become a Clinical Psychologist.
I did some research and discovered that becoming an Assistant Psychologist was often considered as the golden stepping stone to gaining a place on the Clinical doctorate, but these jobs were highly competitive. With this in mind, I knew I needed to make myself stand out. I did a lot of voluntary work in the area of neuropsychology, but I felt that it wasn’t quite enough.That’s when I came across the MSc in Rehabilitation Psychology. I felt as though the course, which has a particular emphasis on neuropsychology, would complement my work experience and give me the knowledge, skills and confidence to come across well in Assistant Psychologist interviews.
The lecturers were all friendly and I felt it was much more interactive and personal than the particularly large lectures I went to for my undergrad. We always got great feedback on our assignments and I felt very supported; I am dyslexic and the University and lecturers were extremely good in supporting me with that.
On the day I handed in my final assignment, I discovered I had been successful in getting an interview for an Assistant Psychologist job within the area of Neuropsychology at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Before the interview, I was asked to prepare a presentation. I filled the slides with the specific psychological and clinical knowledge I had learned from the masters. During the interview, I was surprised that I answered on the spot questions with confidence; I had spent hours on the same topics in my lectures. I spoke about my research project, which was fortunately particularly relevant to the role. I got the job, and that’s where I am today.
I would definitely recommend this course to anybody who is interested in clinical psychology, especially if neuropsychology is an area you think you might enjoy. It was a challenge, but it’s got me one huge step closer to achieving my end goal.
Ruth is doing a PhD at University College London after completing the MSc Rehabilitation Psychology.
"My current research is about trying to improve GP’s decision-making skills using an online training tool, to ensure that patients receive a timely diagnosis. I chose to do this PhD in part because of what I learned on the MSc course about how healthcare can be improved and having this MSc really helped me to get my PhD offer.
I wanted to do this MSc because of its clinical focus, which fitted in with my research interests and I knew that I wanted to do a PhD in this area in the future. I was really glad that I did the MSc, as I felt it helped me to prepare for my PhD by teaching me essential research skills, such as statistical analysis, critically reviewing literature and academic writing. It also helped me to become a more independent and confident researcher.
One of the best parts of this course was the opportunity to do an applied research project, which gave me the chance to conduct my own research, with support from my supervisors. For my project, I conducted a survey with health professionals on their attitudes towards using smartphones to support children and adolescents with memory impairment due to acquired brain injury. This was a great experience that allowed me to work with a range of professionals and I even had my work on this project published in a peer-reviewed journal."
Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.
Value of Scholarship(s)
30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee
You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND --are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND --have not already studied outside of your home country** AND --are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND --already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.
The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.
The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme
Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012 In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group
Value of Scholarship(s)
Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.
Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.
To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience) a high standard of English language leadership and networking skills commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree