September 2022

Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc/PGDip/PG Cert

Master's Degree, Postgraduate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, September 2022


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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 degree in Psychology conferring GBC from the BPS. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate relevant work experience as part of their application

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form


The Direct Application Link for September 2022 will be added soon.

Course Fees

The fee per credit 20 module for September 2022 is £1,060.

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).

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.


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

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

  1. 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.
  2. This module will begin with an overview of mental health 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 assignment is designed specifically to develop students’ knowledge and information searching skills, while building on their analytical, evaluative and presentation skills. Also allowing students to develop, describe, justify and apply their own theoretical model of adult mental health, explaining the development, maintenance, and treatment of based on information acquired during the module.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 cultural, social and biological/genetic factors. Attention will also focus on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of these clinical problems. The module will also consider theoretical issues pertaining to the role of development in pathogenesis 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 the need to be able to disseminate information to different types of audience.
  4. 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.