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Clinical Health Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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.


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.


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/

Visit the Clinical Health Psychology (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree in Psychology from a UK university; or a qualification deemed by the Head of Department, acting on behalf of Senate, to be equivalent; in all cases, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £6,050; Rest of UK £6,050; International £16,500

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