Foundations of Clinical Psychology

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MSc

Key facts

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Study option:
Part-time
Duration:
11 Months
Duration:
2 Years
Start date:
27 September 2021

Expert tuition

You’ll be taught by clinical psychologists and psychology staff

Placement opportunity

Gain valuable real-world experience through a relevant placement

Practical research

Enhance your research skills in a supportive environment

This course is ideal for you if you’re looking to apply for assistant psychologist posts, or wish to follow further clinical psychology training routes. It’s also ideal for intercalating medical students or if you’re keen to pursue a research career.

This course will develop your knowledge of clinical psychology and your professional and research skills. You’ll be taught by clinical psychologists and psychology staff, and undertake a placement.

You’ll be based in our £30 million Science Centre in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, complete with research labs and teaching spaces.

The Department of Psychology specialises in applied psychological research and teaching. Our work contributes to knowledge in the academic community as well as being relevant to practitioners, policy-makers and the wider community. We already run a suite of undergraduate psychology courses and a well-established Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, so have experienced staff to support you through your studies.

This course will develop your knowledge of clinical psychology and your professional and research skills. You’ll be taught by clinical psychologists and psychology staff, and undertake a placement.

You’ll be based in our £30 million Science Centre in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, complete with research labs and teaching spaces.

The Department of Psychology specialises in applied psychological research and teaching. Our work contributes to knowledge in the academic community as well as being relevant to practitioners, policy-makers and the wider community. We already run a suite of undergraduate psychology courses and a well-established Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, so have experienced staff to support you through your studies.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Course content

The MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology course will give you a grounding in the key areas of Clinical Psychology, including the psychological science of mental health-related experiences, developing your basic therapeutic skills, further training in research methods, as well as understanding the key role of the community and social context in psychological wellbeing.

Applicants should be aware that this course will include the discussion of a number of sensitive and challenging topics relating to wellbeing and mental ill-health, including suicidality, trauma, and other aspects of distress. The course will also involve individual and group presentations, an assessed and recorded therapeutic skills role-play, personal development and the reflection on personal experiences in group discussions and clinical practice.

On this course you will study the following modules:

Clinical Psychology: Science and Experience

This module will focus on the role and contributions of psychological research to understanding experiences of key clinical mental health conditions, focusing on scientific approaches to understanding the spectrum of mental health experiences.

Community Perspectives in Clinical Psychology

This module highlights the importance of context in understanding psychological health and well-being. This community-focused approach locates the causes of distress in the experience, relationship, community and social circumstances of the individual.

Introduction to Applied Therapeutic and Clinical Skills

This module provides an introduction to active listening and introduces students to a variety of approaches that can be used in therapeutic work.

Placement

Students will complete a community-based or research-focused placement and will be given the opportunity to practice and apply their skills learnt on the course to date to real-world settings and mental health-related contexts.

Psychology Research Methods

The main methodologies employed by psychologists are examined, with a focus upon methods frequently employed with clinical psychological research. Advanced quantitative analysis and a range of qualitative techniques are introduced.

Dissertation

Students will work independently, with supervision, on a research project of their design answering a research question relating to psychological health and wellbeing.

 

The MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology course will give you a grounding in the key areas of Clinical Psychology, including the psychological science of mental health-related experiences, developing your basic therapeutic skills, further training in research methods, as well as understanding the key role of the community and social context in psychological wellbeing.

Applicants should be aware that this course will include the discussion of a number of sensitive and challenging topics relating to wellbeing and mental ill-health, including suicidality, trauma, and other aspects of distress. The course will also involve individual and group presentations, an assessed and recorded therapeutic skills role-play, personal development and the reflection on personal experiences in group discussions and clinical practice.

On this course you will study the following modules:

Clinical Psychology: Science and Experience

This module will focus on the role and contributions of psychological research to understanding experiences of key clinical mental health conditions, focusing on scientific approaches to understanding the spectrum of mental health experiences.

Community Perspectives in Clinical Psychology

This module highlights the importance of context in understanding psychological health and well-being. This community-focused approach locates the causes of distress in the experience, relationship, community and social circumstances of the individual.

Introduction to Applied Therapeutic and Clinical Skills

This module provides an introduction to active listening and introduces students to a variety of approaches that can be used in therapeutic work.

Placement

Students will complete a community-based or research-focused placement and will be given the opportunity to practice and apply their skills learnt on the course to date to real-world settings and mental health-related contexts.

Psychology Research Methods

The main methodologies employed by psychologists are examined, with a focus upon methods frequently employed with clinical psychological research. Advanced quantitative analysis and a range of qualitative techniques are introduced.

Dissertation

Students will work independently, with supervision, on a research project of their design answering a research question relating to psychological health and wellbeing.

 

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Clinical Psychology: Science And Experience 30 credits
Community Perspectives In Clinical Psychology 30 credits
Psychology Research Methods 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Applied Psychology Placement 15 credits
Dissertation 60 credits
Introduction To Applied Therapeutic And Clinical Skills 15 credits

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally a minimum of a 2:1 psychology degree (recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartership), OR a merit in an MSc Psychology conversion course (recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartership), or equivalent two good references to support the application.

Students whose first language is not English must have achieved Level 7 on all components of IELTS.

The entry requirements for the award are normally a minimum of a 2:1 psychology degree (recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartership), OR a merit in an MSc Psychology conversion course (recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartership), or equivalent two good references to support the application.

Students whose first language is not English must have achieved Level 7 on all components of IELTS.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Careers

Graduates from the course may choose to continue with further training, including the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or a PhD. Graduates from our psychology masters courses have also gone on to pursue a range of careers including:

  • Research assistants
  • Systematic reviewers
  • Assistant psychologists
  • Roles in drug and alcohol support
  • Stop-smoking advisors
Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments do not count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding – and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include essays, exams, or portfolios.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Inclusion Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Your study time will include scheduled classes, independent learning and assessments. It will vary depending on your module choices.

Staff

You'll be taught by staff who have a range of academic and industry experience. 

Dr Zachary Parker

Lecturer

Zachary joined Staffordshire University in 2019 as the course leader for the MSc of Foundations in Clinical Psychology. In 2016 Zachary completed his PhD and graduated in 2017. Since 2014 he has taught research methods and since 2016 he has work…

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Fees

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £8,085 per course £14,500 per course

For the course starting on 27 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for MSc Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £4,028. per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you've previously completed a Staffordshire University undergraduate degree (excluding HND and foundation degrees) you may be entitled to a discount of up to 25% off your course fees for any subsequent postgraduate taught course (terms apply, see the alumni discount page for details). If you have any questions about how this relates to you, please contact feesandbursaries@staffs.ac.uk.

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options; part-time, full-time and distance learning. 

For more information and how to apply visit masters loan.

Our students

I am so glad that I chose to study this subject, because during the course, it really highlighted exactly what I wanted to do as a career whilst also giving me the opportunity to build skills and gain more in depth knowledge of psychological processes, insight into psychological practice and research.

Coming to Staffordshire University, staff members really took their time to get to know each individual person and were unbelievably supportive in not only helping with the current assignments but also with future career goals. The technical expertise offered was also next to none and I have gained some amazing technical skills that I can apply effectively to future research and also look really good on my CV!

I feel like no matter how many years may pass from graduation, I could always still e-mail them, and they will be there to help! One of the best things I gained from Staffordshire University were the connections and support that will remain with me throughout my career, no matter where I end up.

Lauren Gray

MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

The facilities have been great at Staffs. The library is full of computers as well as for my research methods module and the labs have been great to work in especially using SPSS and NVivo software.  

My placement at One Recovery, which supports service users dealing with substance misuse, has been a great opportunity to learn and experience how certain psychosocial interventions take place within a community setting. The placement has made me more conscious of the certain issues that can coincide with mental health problems, such as alcohol and drug dependency, and how this can be supported and improved using a holistic approach.   

Tiffany Goodwin

MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

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