Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Course length: 2-4 years part-time Distance/Blended Learning

Overview

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External Examiner

The MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology provides modules in aspects of psychology relevant to clinical practice, for students who are intending to apply to Doctoral programmes in clinical psychology. Whilst there is no guarantee that students will ultimately be successful in gaining entry to Doctoral programmes, this course is intended to strengthen your CV and enable you to get the most out of your relevant experience. It is expected that most students accepted onto the MSc will be currently working in clinically relevant posts, such as psychology assistants, nursing assistants or therapy aides.

"This course occupies a niche in higher education in psychology that does not seem to be filled elsewhere: a grounding in clinical psychology theory and research that can support and provide an additional dimension to the experience of psychology graduates who are aiming to go on in the future to train in clinical or other related areas of applied psychology. The syllabus has been carefully designed to meet the course aims. The outcomes can be demonstrated in the level of performance of the students (and also in their reported success in gaining places on Doctorate courses)."
External Examiner

Attendance

This programme is delivered predominantly on-line, with one compulsory Saturday attendance for induction to the programme.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will develop the skills to successfully disseminate information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. You will be assessed using a range of techniques such as essays, journal article presentations and critiques.

Research Areas

Research in this area is fundamental to the mission of Newman University. The subject area welcomes applications from suitably qualified students who wish to pursue postgraduate research degrees (MPhil and PhD awarded by the University of Leicester). For more information about the research interests of the Psychology team, please visit the psychology research section of this website.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of this course  will enhance students CV to enable students to apply for higher degrees.

 

All information is believed to be accurate at time of publishing, but Government support, fees and bursaries may be subject to change without notice.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Is the course British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited?

BPS accreditation is only relevant to courses which are part of a recognised professional training route in psychology, e.g. clinical, forensic etc. Therefore, it is not relevant to this MSc, which is intended for graduates wishing to apply to clinical doctorate courses to strengthen their CVs and get more from their relevant experience. In this respect it is like other MSc degrees which people take for similar reasons, for instance, to learn more about mental health studies, research methods etc. However, the course has been carefully prepared to benefit aspiring Doctorate trainees, e.g. the first module includes an assignment preparing a research proposal, which many courses now require as part of their selection process.  Unfortunately due to a printing error the printed prospectus shows the BPS logo of accreditation.  As explained above, this course does not need to be, and therefore is not accredited by the BPS.

2. How many places are available on the MSc?

We try not to accept more than 20 students per academic year.

3. If places are limited how would you decide on successful candidates?

Candidates are selected on first come first served bases, who meet the requirements. Applicants for this course will need to have a first degree in psychology approved by the BPS and conferring eligibility for GBC. In addition, it is envisaged that successful applicants are likely to be working in a clinically relevant context, though not necessarily essential at the outset, applicants should be aware that this is going to be essential if they are to be successful in gaining entry onto clinical training programmes.

4. Are there set times for the modules?

The first module starts in September and the final module will finish in July. Modules do not run over the summer break.

5. How long does each module take?

Each module is ten weeks.

6. What is the contact time?

There is one compulsory Saturday induction at the beginning of the programme.

7. Do I have to complete the full MSc?

No, you can leave with a Postgraduate Certificate after three modules or a Postgraduate Diploma after six.

8. Does the dissertation have to be linked to current employment?

No, but students find it easy to carry out a project at their workplace.

 

 

 

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Last updated: 01 July 2010

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 degree in Psychology conferring GBC from the BPS. For those without a degree conferring GBC, see our MSc Applications of Psychology.

Fees

UK/EU Fees per module 2017/18: £675 

Total cost payable over the full MSc course duration - £6,075

International Fees per module 2016/17: £1,300

Total cost for full MSc course duration - £11,700

Fees may rise subject to inflation for 2018/19

For information regarding a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study click here

Year 1 modules


RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PY701


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to orientate students to the kinds of issues and concerns found within psychological research methods. Students’ knowledge of research methods from their undergraduate studies will be consolidated and expanded and they will be encouraged to consider clinical applications of this knowledge. To equip students with the skills necessary to carry out empirical research, they will be given exercises to develop their awareness of ethical issues and they will be provided with data sets to analyse and interpret using appropriate research techniques. Finally, students will design a research proposal which will incorporate an in depth literature review and they will be encouraged to focus this upon the broad area within which they may eventually wish to focus their dissertation.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 20.00
Independent : 180.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Further develop students’ knowledge of the breadth of research methods used in psychological research.
  • Make students aware of the legal and ethical issues associated with clinical research.
  • Further develop students’ ability to manipulate and interpret data sets using statistical packages.
  • Give students the opportunity to design a research proposal incorporating an in depth literature review on a particular topic within clinical psychology.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an analytical understanding and advanced knowledge of the breadth of research methods used in psychological research
  • Demonstrate a sound and critical knowledge and understanding of statistics and/or qualitative data used in psychological research
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions surrounding production of a research proposal and literature review
  • Demonstrate a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues in clinical research where appropriate
  • Demonstrate ability to write a research proposal with an in depth literature review
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the common skills and competencies and a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues raised by research
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify appropriate statistical tests, carry them out using SPSS, and interpret the output.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Research Proposal (4000 words)

Component 2 - 40% Research Portfolio (2500 words)

ADULT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : ADULT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PY702


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will begin with an overview of psychopathology and the theoretical perspectives in the area. Then follow up with an in-depth analysis of the disorders that can be displayed in adulthood by way of applying the knowledge of text material in critical thinking and activities/discussions/case analyses related to controversies in abnormal psychology. The course will focus on the primary texts but will also draw heavily on key studies and reviews. The assignments are designed specifically to develop students’ knowledge and information searching skills, while building on their analytical, evaluative and presentation skills. Also allowing the student to develop, describe, justify and apply their own theoretical model of adult psychopathology, explaining the development, maintenance, and treatment of based on information acquired during the module.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 35.00
Independent : 165.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

 This module aims to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and understand mental health problems affecting adults
  • Encourage the student to become familiar with the various adult psychological disorders
  • Encourage the analysis of the aetiology of these disorders from various theoretical perspectives
  • Encourage the understanding of empirically derived treatment methods
  • Encourage students to develop numerous and sophisticated knowledge skills, and dispositional competencies in order to accurately understand, evaluate and diagnose the presence or absence of psychopathology based on current conceptualisation of psychopathology (i.e., DSM-IV-TR).
  • Foster the students’ thorough understanding of the challenges pertaining to the issue of labelling someone abnormal

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate the criteria used to differentiate normal from abnormal behaviour, assessment process/development circumstances and knowledge of the theoretical perspectives describing the causes
  • Demonstrate Knowledge and awareness of empirically derived treatment methods
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills for conceptualising, describing and differentiating between the various psychological disorders 
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and differentiation of the myriad psychological disorders
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of becoming familiar with and sensitive to the various differences they may encounter in the process of diagnosing disorders such as culture, race, age and sexual orientation
  • Make critical judgments and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives
  • Show awareness of professional development issues, and be able to critically discuss potential future developments.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Presentation of Psychopathology (2500 word equivalent)

Component 2 - 60% Portfolio of Case Reviews (4000 words)

ISSUES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: A CRITICAL APPROACH


MODULE TITLE : ISSUES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: A CRITICAL APPROACH

MODULE CODE : PY709


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module offers students the opportunity to expand their clinical knowledge through exploration and analysis of competing perspectives of some of the major ongoing issues in psychotherapy theory & practice. Students will be encouraged to directly relate theory and practice to their clinical and personal experience, fostering a reflective approach to training and practice and demonstrate critical thinking within this area.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 20.00
Independent : 180.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Examine and explore at an advanced level key issues in psychotherapy relating to clinical theory and practice
  • Encourage the development of advanced critical thinking about clinical theory and practice
  • Develop reflective practice by encouraging further consideration of cultural, social and biological/genetic factors in psychotherapeutic presentations and their impact upon both clients and practitioners.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate an analytical understanding and advanced knowledge of key current and ongoing issues in psychotherapy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to approach clinical theory and practice critically.
  • Demonstrate a critical and self-reflective awareness of particular theoretical, ethical, professional and social issues relevant to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate grounds for criticism and present competing approaches.
  • Apply the issues studied to their own clinical practice as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate reflective practice in response to real or hypothetical clinical situations.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Critical Analysis of Chapter/Article (3000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Reflective Assessment of Case Study/Case Studies (3000 words)

Year 2 modules


PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, ETHICS AND DIVERSITY


MODULE TITLE : PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, ETHICS AND DIVERSITY

MODULE CODE : PY704


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to help students develop an awareness of key strategic and professional issues that impact on the practice and development of clinical psychology at the current time.  Clinical Psychology within the National Health Service (NHS) is constantly changing, and ethical issues and awareness of diversity are important themes at this time.  This module is intended to provide a foundation on which those students who enter doctoral training programmes will be able to build, in becoming ethically aware and culturally sensitive practitioners.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 188.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Give students an up to date awareness of the context of clinical psychology practice in the UK.
  • Give students further opportunities to explore their understanding of ethical issues in relation to clinical practice and research, and demonstrate their development in this area through reflection on hypothetical examples and case studies.
  • Give students an awareness of the implications of diversity for clinical training and practice, and enable them, through self-reflection, to begin to develop an awareness of how this issue might impact upon their own practice and interactions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the current professional context of clinical psychology in the UK.
  • Be able to effectively and analytically discuss ethical issues in relation to a variety of research and clinical practice scenarios.
  • Be able to critically relate why diversity is an important topic in clinical psychology, and have insight into their own cultural background and personal history and how this might affect their future practice as clinical psychologists.  
  • Demonstrate ethical awareness and competently deploy this in response to real and hypothetical scenarios.
  • Show awareness of diversity and how this can impact upon practice.
  • Show awareness of professional development issues, and be able to critically discuss potential future developments.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Portfolio of Case Reviews (4000 words)

Component 2 - 40% Diversity and Clinical Psychology Assignment (2500 word equivalent)

CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : CHILDHOOD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PY706


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module focuses upon the major clinical disorders and problems that are a focus of clinical attention in childhood. It will consider behavioural disorders, emotional disorders, developmental and learning disorders and problems related to physical and mental health. The potential causes of these clinical problems will be considered, including cultural, social and biological/genetic factors. Attention will also focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of these clinical problems. The module will aim to emphasise the role of research in advancing our understanding of childhood psychopathology, and the need to be able to disseminate information to different types of audience.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 20.00
Independent : 180.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

The module aims to: 

  • Progress students’ knowledge of childhood psychopathology, and how it differs from normal development
  • Advance understanding of research methodologies and psychological theories which inform approaches to childhood psychopathology 
  • Progress students’ knowledge of methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment used in childhood psychopathology
  • Make students aware of cultural, social, and biological/genetic factors in childhood psychopathology
  • Advance students’ abilities to communicate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of childhood psychopathologies.
  • Critically evaluate the ways in which psychological research and theories have been applied to childhood psychopathology.
  • Critically evaluate the implications of psychological research for improving the effectiveness of approaches to childhood psychopathology.
  • Outline methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment used in childhood psychopathology.
  • Read and interpret primary research sources and integrate these to provide an informed literature review.
  • Use case studies to critically appraise issues in childhood psychopathology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write concisely using appropriate language and present work of publishable and scholarly standards.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Literature Review (4000 words)

Component 2 - 40% Information Fact Sheet (2500 words)

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT


MODULE TITLE : NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

MODULE CODE : PY714


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module aims to show how cognitive theories have enabled the development of a wide variety of tests, which can now be used to assess patients in a range of domains of cognitive functioning. The types of neuropsycholgical assessments will be discussed at some length, providing students with an understanding of the tests that are available, and why and how they should be used. The course will focus on the primary text but will also draw heavily on key studies and reviews. The assignments are designed specifically to develop students’ knowledge and information searching skills, while building on their analytical and evaluative skills.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 50.00
Independent : 150.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Provide students with an in depth knowledge of the domains of functioning which are assessed by neuropsychologists
  • Illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of conducting neuropsychologist assessments
  • To make students aware of the range of instruments available for use in such assessments and appraise these instruments
  • Evaluate the current limitations in neuropsychological assessment and the instruments

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the domains typically assessed by neuropsychologists.
  • Be able to outline for each domain the types of tests in use and their limitations.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically interact with the literature in this area.
  • Classify and describe the range of functional domains assessed by neuropsychologists.
  • Illustrate in each domain, which tests could be used to form an assessment.
  • Evaluate the weaknesses of tests in particular domains and suggest how the position could be improved.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 60% Essay - Neuropsychological Assessment (4000 words)

Component 2 - 40% Portfolio - Neuropsychological Assessment (2500 words)

Year 3 modules


DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : PY708


MODULE SUMMARY :

This tutored sixty credit module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them relevant to the field of Clinical Psychology and to design, plan and execute an in-depth research project in their chosen area. The research design should include either quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary research findings throughout. The resulting project should be submitted following college conventions and be to a publishable standard.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 20.00
Independent : 380.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Further enhance the ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in an area relevant to clinical psychology.
  • Further enhance the ability to select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their use, with tutor support
  • Further enhance the ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor recognising that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
  • Further enhance ability to present and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in an area relevant to Clinical Psychology
  • Select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their employment, with tutor support
  • Present, analyse and evaluate either qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format
  • Draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis
  • Carry out a substantial piece of independently-driven empirical research
  • Produce an accompany commentary to complement the empirical research.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Empirical Paper (5000 to 8000 words), with Commentary (4000 words)

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