Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc/PGDip/PG Cert

Taught Higher Degree , Part-time

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Key Details

  • 2 Years
  • Part Time
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Overview

This course is subject to re-validation for September 2019 entry. Re-validation is a standard academic procedure to ensure course content is current and reflects subject area knowledge.

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 or study a PhD. Whilst there is no guarantee that students will ultimately be successful in gaining entry to Doctoral programmes or a PhD, this course is also intended to strengthen your credentials 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. As with other current Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology this MSc is not BPS accredited.

“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).”
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Why study this course?

  • Part-time programme.
  • Delivered online with only one compulsory campus based induction workshop.
  • The online nature allows students to continue to work alongside their studies.
  • The delivery mode enables students to be geographically widespread.
  • The programme is designed to strengthen student’s credentials for those who are intending to apply to Doctoral training programmes within Clinical Psychology.
  • There are no examinations on this programme, all assessments are course work based.
  • The applied nature of this course makes it valuable for any Psychology graduate wishing to develop their skills.
  • The programme will provide students with the opportunity to study at post-graduate level several key topics related to the current practice of clinical psychology in the United Kingdom.

What does the course cover?

The MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology programme is made up of six taught 20-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation module. The programme can be completed between 2-4 years depending on when students opt to complete the dissertation.

The modules are as follows:

PYM701 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: This module covers both quantitative and qualitative 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.

PYM702 Adult Mental Health: This module provides an overview of adult mental distress and the theoretical perspectives in the area. It also looks at an in-depth analysis of the presentations 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 clinical psychology. Students are encouraged to develop, describe, justify and apply their own theoretical model of adult mental health.

PYM703 Issues in Psychotherapy: a critical approach: This module expands on clinical knowledge through exploration and analysis of competing perspectives of some of the major ongoing issues in psychotherapeutic 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 demonstrating critical thinking within this area.

PYM706 Childhood Mental Health: This module explores 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 developmental, cultural, social and biological/genetic factors. There is also a focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of these clinical issues.

PYM704 Professional Issues, Ethics and Diversity: This module aims to develop an awareness of the nature and the practice of Clinical Psychology in the UK, with a particular focus on the key areas of ethics and diversity, but also covering a range of professional issues such as: supervision, self-care and reflective practice.  In addition, ongoing changes both in the structure of the National Health Service (NHS) and the role of Clinical Psychology within the NHS are considered.

PYM705 Neuropsychological Assessment: 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. Types of neuropsychological assessments will be discussed, providing students with an understanding of the tests that are available, and why and how they should be used.

PYM707 Dissertation: This 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.

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’ credentials to enable students to apply for higher degrees.

How will I be assessed?

The programme aims to develop subject specific knowledge and understanding, subject specific skills and competences, and generic transferable skills, and assessments are geared to demonstrate these. Throughout the programme both formative and summative assessments are utilised. The programme will incorporate a mixture of assessments such as case studies, reports, portfolios, presentations, proposals and quizzes.

What careers can I consider?

The programme intends to strengthen students’ credentials, for those wishing to apply for Doctorate Programmes in Clinical psychology or study a PhD. Relevant transferrable skills developed through this programme which will strengthen credentials include research knowledge and practice, critical evaluation, writing reports, independent working. As well as being relevant to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate or studying a PhD, these transferable skills will place students well for careers as assistant Clinical Psychologists, rewarding careers in the area of mental health, as well as research posts and working in academia.

Attendance

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

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 degree in Psychology conferring GBC from the BPS.

Contact details

Contact for admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Contact for course specific enquiries:

ContactDr. Melanie West (Programme Leader)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2419)

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Course Fees

UK/EU Fees 2018/19: £695 per 20 credit module

Part time students are normally invoiced three modules in the first year - 695.00 x 3 = 2,085.00 (Year one 18/19). Student are asked at enrollment how they will be paying their fees.

Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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

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

Additional Costs

Due to the online nature of the programme, students will need access to their own computer hardware and software, specifically internet access. Additionally, computer hardware should be of a minimum specification level to allow the downloading and running of statistical analysis packages. As software requirements change over time we cannot provide an absolute minimum level. However, if you wish to enquire about the current minimum specification then please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Leader.

Where possible module core texts have been chosen so as to be available as a free e-book. However, some core texts are not available as e-books and, in these situations, students will be advised to purchase personal hard copies. However, the expected cost of such texts is unlikely to exceed £150 in any given academic year. Obviously, even where e-books are available students may wish to purchase personal hard copies and this may increase the book expenditure further but this will be at each student’s personal discretion.

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

 

  1. RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
    (Compulsory) pym701
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    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. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be covered during this module, and students will be provided with journal articles to see how such methods have been implemented in real world research. 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’ analytical understanding and knowledge of the breadth of research methods used in psychological research.

    • Enhance students critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical issues associated with clinical research.

    • Further develop students’ ability to manipulate and interpret data sets using a statistical package, and appraise from an advanced level.

    • Provide students with the opportunity to develop and construct a research proposal incorporating an in depth literature review on a clinical related area.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Demonstrate an analytical understanding and advanced knowledge of research methods used in psychological research.

    • Demonstrate a sound and critical knowledge, and understanding of quantitative and/or qualitative data used in psychological research.

    • Demonstrate advanced 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 develop and construct a research proposal with an in depth literature review.

    • Demonstrate the ability to identify appropriate statistical tests, carry them out using SPSS, interpret the output, and appraise from an advanced level.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Research Proposal (4000 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Research Portfolio (2500 words)

  2. ADULT MENTAL HEALTH
    (Compulsory) pym702
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will begin with an overview of adult mental distress and the theoretical perspectives in the area. Then follow up with an in-depth analysis of the presentations 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  clinical 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 mental health, explaining the development and maintenance of mental distress as well as associated interventions based on information acquired during the module.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

     

    • Provide students with advanced knowledge and skills needed to recognise and understand mental health problems affecting adults.
    • Develop students advanced awareness of the various adult psychological disorders.
    • Encourage students to make critical judgements and evaluations in the analysis of the aetiology of mental health disorders from various theoretical perspectives.
    • Encourage advanced 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 mental health difficulties based on current conceptualisation of mental health (i.e. DSM-5).
    • Foster an enhanced awareness thorough understanding of the challenges pertaining to the issue of ‘labelling’.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Elaborate the criteria used to identify mental health difficulties, evaluate the assessment process/developmental circumstances and compare the theoretical perspectives describing the causes.
    • Appraise empirically derived interventions.
    • Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives.
    • Formulate the necessary skills for conceptualising, describing and differentiating between the wide variety of psychological problems. 
    • Develop an appreciation of the importance of becoming familiar with and sensitive to the various differences they may encounter in the process of formulating client presentations such as culture, race, age and sexual orientation.
    • Develop awareness of professional development issues, and be able to critically discuss potential future developments.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Disorder Report (2500 words)

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

  3. ISSUES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY: A CRITICAL APPROACH
    (Compulsory) pym703
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    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 psychotherapeutic 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 demonstrating 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 as it relates to clinical theory and practice.
    • Encourage the development of advanced critical thinking about clinical theory and practice.

    Develop a critical and self-reflective practice by encouraging enhanced  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 competing perspectives in key current and ongoing issues in psychotherapy
    • Evidence the ability to critically evaluate clinical theory and practice. 
    • Demonstrate the ability to articulate grounds for criticism and present and defend judgements about competing approaches.
    • Demonstrate critical and self-reflective awareness of particular theoretical, ethical, professional and social issues relevant to clinical practice.
    • Apply the issues studied to their own clinical practice while maintaining a critical awareness of diversity and human rights.
    • Demonstrate development of reflective practice in response to real or hypothetical clinical situations.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Critical Analysis (3000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Reflective Account (3000 words)

  1. CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
    (Compulsory) pym706
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    The module explores 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 developmental, cultural, social and biological/genetic factors. Attention will also focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of these clinical issues. The module will also consider theoretical issues pertaining to the role of developmental mechanism of particular disorders associated with childhood. The module will aim to emphasise the role of research in advancing our understanding of childhood mental health and well-being and the need to be able to disseminate information to clinical and non-clinical of readers. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Advance students’ knowledge of an atypical childhood and how it differs from typical development.
    • Advance understanding of research methodologies and psychological theories that inform approaches to childhood mental health. 
    • Progress students’ critical thinking and knowledge of methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment used in childhood mental health.
    • Enhance students critical awareness of cultural, social, and biological/genetic factors in childhood mental health.
    • 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 an advanced and comprehensive level of knowledge of childhood psychopathologies.

    • Critically evaluate and synthesise the ways in which psychological research and theories have been applied to childhood mental health.

    • Critically evaluate the implications of psychological research for improving the effectiveness of clinical approaches to childhood mental health.

    • Outline and evaluate methods of assessment, diagnosis and treatment used in childhood mental health in a way that explicitly improves on standard practices.

    • Read, interpret and synthesise primary research sources and integrate these to provide an informed and advanced level literature review.

    • Use case studies to critically appraise issues in childhood mental health.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Literature Review (4000 words)

    Component 2 - 40% Utility-Driven Information Booklet (2500 words)

  2. PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, ETHICS AND DIVERSITY
    (Compulsory) pym704
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to help students develop an awareness of the nature and the practice of Clinical Psychology in the UK, with a particular focus on the key areas of ethics and diversity, but also covering a range of professional issues such as: supervision, self-care and reflective practice.  There are ongoing changes both in the structure of the National Health Service (NHS) and the role of Clinical Psychology within the NHS and this wider context is considered as well. This module is intended to provide a foundation on which those students entering doctoral training programmes will be able to build, but it will also support students who want to gain a better understanding of key issues facing Clinical Psychology in the UK.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide students with the opportunity to reflect on and evaluate the context of the role of Clinical Psychology in the UK.

    • Develop students’ critical knowledge, understanding of and skills in managing ethical issues in relation to Clinical Psychology practice and research, through discussion of their own examples and reflection on hypothetical examples and case studies.

    • Enhance students’ professional development by increasing both knowledge and skills in respect of reflective practice, self-care and effective use of supervision, through in-depth discussion, debate and a range of formative exercises.

    • Increase students’ knowledge of ‘diversity’ issues and appreciation of their importance for Clinical Psychology, both in clinical training and practice.

    • Enable students, through self-reflection, to develop an advanced awareness of how a consideration of diversity might impact upon their own clinical practice and other interactions.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Critically reflect on and evaluate the role of Clinical Psychology in the UK context, demonstrating an awareness of the range of challenges facing it.

    • Discuss and critically reflect on ethical issues in relation to the practice of Clinical Psychology, in particular in research and therapeutic settings.

    • Critically evaluate a range of possible courses of action in cases of ethical dilemmas, recommending one outcome and clearly justifying this choice.

    • Critically appraise their own professional practice and continuing professional development, particularly in respect of their responsibility for: reflective practice, self-care, making effective use of supervision and reporting concerns. 

    • Demonstrate an advanced awareness of the importance of ‘diversity issues’ and discuss how these can impact on the practice of Clinical Psychology.

    • Critically evaluate their personal attitudes to ‘diversity’ (including gender and a wide range of socio-cultural factors) and determine how they impact on their clinical practice.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Diversity and Clinical Psychology Assignment (2500 words)

    Component 2 - 60% Professional Ethics Case Study (4000 words)

  3. NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
    (Compulsory) pym705
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to build upon the knowledge of cognitive psychology gained at undergraduate level, 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 neuropsychological 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   : 20.00 Independent   : 180.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide students with an in depth critical 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 critically 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 critically discuss the types of assessments used in different domains and their limitations.
    • Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise the literature in this area.
    • Illustrate and justify for particular domains, which tests could be used to form an assessment .Evaluate the weaknesses of identified tests and use literature to provide recommendations of how weaknesses could be addressed.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Essay (4000 words)

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

The Dissertation module can be studied in year 2 alongside the three remaining modules or in year 3, once all taught modules are completed. The students may have two academic years to complete this module.

  1. DISSERTATION
    (Compulsory) pym707
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    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 University conventions and be to a publishable standard.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 21.00 Independent   : 579.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 600.00

    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, analyse and evaluate  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 a topic relevant to Clinical Psychology.
    • Design appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to the identified research and justify their use with tutor support.
    • Present, analyse and evaluate either quantitative and/or qualitative data clearly and in an appropriate format.
    • Construct appropriate conclusions from the data analysis.
    • Create a substantial piece of independently-driven empirical research.
    • Compile an accompanying reflective commentary to complement the empirical research.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Empirical Paper (5000-8000 words) and Reflective Commentary (4000 words)