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    Our MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology will prepare you to potentially pursue doctoral training in clinical psychology, or training in other mental health disciplines, and provides a stepping stone towards a rewarding career working in the field of mental health.

    The course includes specialised teaching from qualified clinical psychologists and other mental health practitioners. After successful completion you will have gained an in-depth knowledge of theory, practice and research in clinical psychology, a discipline that involves the application of the scientific theory and principles of psychology to help in the understanding and alleviation of psychological distress and dysfunction, and in promoting well-being.

    This MSc programme is provided in collaboration with the Salomons Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which is part of Canterbury Christ Church University. The MSc is designed for psychology graduates who are considering pursuing training in clinical psychology or other mental health disciplines, and includes the provision of specialised teaching from qualified clinical psychologists and other mental health practitioners.

      All about the course

      You will develop a sound and critical understanding of the theory and application of the core theoretical models on which clinical psychology draws. This will include a knowledge of explanatory theoretical models of the development and maintenance of a range of presenting psychological problems that people may experience throughout the lifespan, as well as critical consideration of approaches to the classification of psychological problems. You will also gain a sound understanding of clinical psychology assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation across a range of theoretical models, client groups, presenting problems and organisational contexts.

      In addition, you will develop a reflective and critical understanding of developmental, social, cultural, and organisational contexts and their impact on individuals and the delivery of psychological services. This includes the importance of being aware of diversity when providing clinical assessment and intervention, as well as an understanding of the importance and nature of service-user perspectives.

      You will study a number of modules, as described below; (it should be noted that this course structure is provisional and subject to change). All modules are compulsory.

      For full time students on the course, teaching delivery is organised into three Trimesters over one academic year. Trimesters 1 and 2 are ‘teaching’ trimesters whilst Trimester 3 has no teaching. Therefore, Trimester 3 provides students with time to finalise and submit their research project. Full time students will study all the modules listed below over the course of the academic year.

      For part-time students, in Year 1 teaching takes place in Trimesters 1 and 2, and comprises the core clinical psychology content modules (Modules 1 - 4; please see below). Part-time students will not normally have any teaching or assessments in Trimester 3 of Year 1; however students are actively encouraged to use this time to begin to identify and prepare for their research project in Year 2. In Year 2, part-time students will be studying across all three trimesters. This will comprise the research methods and statistics modules, as well as the dissertation module (Modules 5 - 7). Please the list of modules below:

      1. Models of clinical psychology and psychological problems - 20 credits
      2. Psychological problems through the lifespan - 20 credits
      3. Assessment, treatment and clinical skills - 20 credits
      4. Professional, ethical and service-related issues - 20 credits
      5. Research methods and statistics - 20 credits
      6. Advanced research methods and statistics - 20 credits
      7. Dissertation - 60 credits

      The modules above include teaching provided by qualified clinical psychologists and other mental health practitioners and is provided in collaboration with the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, which delivers the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at CCCU.

      Entry requirements

      You will need a 2:2 minimum in an undergraduate course with Psychology major, including successful completion of research methods modules (covering quantitative and qualitative approaches) and a dissertation (independent research project) module. Applicants with a 2:2 on a BPS accredited MSc Psychology conversion course can also apply.  

      Note: prior completion of a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited undergraduate degree is not required for this programme, however for those considering progression towards a future application for a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology would normally require completion of a BPS accredited psychology undergraduate programme or conversion course to a level which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS (GBC), please check qualification entry requirements for individual institutions if you may be considering the Doctoral route at a later stage.  

      Students with a non-BPS accredited psychology degree will be considered on a ‘case by case’ basis and may be required to attend an interview. However, it is expected they will have completed at least an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology or a postgraduate degree with a focus in psychology.   

      IELTS: If your native language is not English we will require you to obtain IELTS (or equivalent) 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in writing and no less than 6.5 in all other bands. 

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

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      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn

      You will normally attend teaching on two days a week (or one day per week if you are part time).

      You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, seminars, group work, practical-based workshops, role-plays, and research projects, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed study. For every hour of directed study, you are expected to put in around 5 to 6 hours of independent study. In total, you are expected to dedicate about 35 to 40 hours per week (including on campus sessions) to your studies.

      All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research-active academics, including qualified clinical psychologists.

      In terms of support, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will also double as your mentor. This person will be your first port of call and will be available throughout your time with us. We also have a dedicated Psychology Student Welfare Officer.

      The majority of teaching will take place in Canterbury. However, teaching may occasionally take place at the Salomons Institute in Tunbridge Wells.

      You will benefit from specialised teaching from qualified clinical practitioners and researchers, providing an in-depth knowledge of the field that will serve as a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in clinical psychology or mental health.

      Dr Martin AnsonProgramme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The programme will comprise 6 modules of 20 credits, and a research project of 60 credits, making a total of 180 credits.

      Assessment is on an ongoing basis, using a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your time with us, and may include written assignments, practical assignments and reports, presentations, and a final research project.

      Your future career

      The aim of the programme is to provide you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical psychology, in preparation for potentially undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology, or training in other mental health-related disciplines. It therefore serves as a potential stepping stone towards a career in clinical psychology or mental health.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK/EU Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time N/A N/A

      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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