MSc Research in Clinical Psychology

Why choose Herts?

Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by expert academics and a host of NHS clinical psychologists who specialise in various therapies and disorders.

Work-Related Learning: You have an opportunity to undertake research internships while being trained in clinical research.

Employment Prospects: Graduates are operating as wellbeing practitioners, SEN teachers, and social workers as well as going on to further research study through our doctoral college.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Professional Accreditations

Please note that this MSc does not replace an accredited doctoral training programme in Clinical Psychology, nor will it guarantee entry to such a programme or provide a professional qualification in clinical psychology.

About the course

This programme has been specifically designed for those intending to pursue a career in clinical psychology and to apply for a place on the professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, but it is also ideal for those interested in a research career or PhD in the area of clinical psychology and mental health. The programme enables students to gain detailed knowledge about modern theories and models in relation to psychopathology and psychological assessment as well as about effective psychological interventions and therapies. It also provides broad research training in quantitative and qualitative research, and offers education about the role of professional clinical psychologists along with training in essential clinical skills. The programme includes a Research Internship in Clinical Psychology which is a particularly attractive module enabling students to gain experience with professional research in clinical psychology.

This masters course is:

  • Designed to strengthen the research competence and academic profile of those intending to apply for professional training in clinical psychology.
  • Offers broad postgraduate research training in quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to clinical psychology and mental health in general.
  • Includes a Research Internship in Clinical Psychology.
  • Provides education about the role of clinical psychologists as well as training in some essential professional clinical skills.
  • Uses a blend of adult learning approaches (i.e. lectures, seminars, group work, workshops) to engage students with the content of the taught modules.
  • You will be introduced to leading theories or models in each field and the scientific evidence on which they are based will be critically discussed.
  • Important research paradigms and controversies dominating current scientific debates within clinical psychology will be presented.
  • You will learn and practice how to critically appraise published research.
  • You will receive extensive training in a range of essential research skills.
  • We will be discussing various types of research design for investigating the aetiology of mental health problems, for evaluating the effectiveness of psychological therapies and for auditing mental health services.
  • You will be taught by our highly experienced and practising clinical psychologists, academic as well as clinically-oriented research psychologists.

View course leaflet for Research in Clinical Psychology MSc.

Why choose this course?

The main educational aims of the programme are to provide you with a thorough knowledge about clinical psychology as an academic and professional discipline, and to develop your research competence in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods of particular relevance to clinical psychology. Core knowledge areas such as psychopathology, psychological assessment and various types of psychological intervention are each taught in specific modules. You will be introduced to leading theories or models in each field and the scientific evidence on which they are based will be critically discussed. Important research paradigms and controversies dominating current scientific debates within clinical psychology will be presented, and you will learn and practice how to critically appraise published research.

You will receive extensive training in a range of essential research skills and we will be discussing various types of research design for investigating the aetiology of mental health problems, for evaluating the effectiveness of psychological therapies and for auditing mental health services.

The research training also includes:

  • Advanced methods of statistical data analysis with exercises in SPSS
  • You will learn how to professionally report and communicate the findings.
  • Qualitative research methods, for example, Grounded Theory will be taught in a specialist module and you will learn to use software for the coding and interpretation of transcripts.
  • Each student will be allocated to a senior researcher for a Research Internship, a particularly valuable learning experience enabling you to prepare an impressive MSc Research Project which will be your most important academic achievement of the programme.
  • The programme also includes a module Professional Clinical Skills introducing you to the role and competencies of professional clinical psychologists within mental health care settings as well as professional standards and ethical considerations. It also provides you with training in some essential clinical skills.

The programme also includes a module Professional Clinical Skills introducing you to the role and competencies of professional clinical psychologists within mental health care settings as well as professional standards and ethical considerations. It also provides you with training in some essential clinical skills.

More specifically, the programme aims are to:

  • provide students with in-depth knowledge about current theories of psychopathology covering both dimensional and diagnostic approaches for conceptualizing, defining, observing and assessing behavioural and mental indicators of psychopathology.
  • provide students with detailed knowledge about psychiatric classification systems for mental health and personality problems as well as alternatives such as formulation
  • provide students with thorough knowledge about different kinds of effective psychological interventions for the treatment or prevention of mental health and behavioural problems.
  • educate and train students in various types of quantitative and qualitative research in the area of clinical psychology, their methodological justification as well as criteria of validity to critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of research proposals or published research.
  • provide education about professional standards for clinical psychologists as well as training in professional skills.

For further information contact Dr Amanda Ludlow, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Psychology, via email or phone on 01707 284613.

To find out more about this course you can come to our Postgraduate Open evening

What will I study?

We have our own dedicated postgraduate teaching rooms. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practicals in class, workshops, group work, simulation exercises and individual supervision.

A blend of different assessment methods will be used. Part of the modules is assessed by exams, but the majority of the assignments constitute coursework such essays, data analysis reports, a written paper critique and oral presentations. Teaching is given by accredited clinical psychologists as well as academic psychologists who research clinical issues.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Research Internship in Clinical Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Psychopathology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods and Data Analysis in Clinical Psychology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Psychological Assessment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Psychological Interventions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Clinical Skills I 15 Credits Compulsory
    Qualitative Research Methods 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project in Clinical Psychology 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Research in Clinical Psychology Download
    MSc Research in Clinical Psychology Download
    Programme specifications
    specification MSc Research in Clinical Psychology / MSc Clinical Psychology Practice Download
    MSc Research in Clinical Psychology / MSc Clinical Psychology Practice Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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