About the course

Back to course listing

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 Apprenticeship in clinical psychology which is a particularly attractive module enabling students to gain experience with professional research in clinical psychology.

  • 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 Apprenticeship 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

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 and 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. Finally, each student will be allocated to a senior researcher for a Research Apprenticeship, 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.

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

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.

Periodic review

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held in December 2018.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Course details

Careers

This course is ideal for those considering a professional or research career in clinical psychology and wish to strengthen their academic CV.

Teaching methods

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.

This course is due to be renewed at a Periodic Review event which will be held on December 2018.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Review.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Periodic Review in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Research Internship in Clinical Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Psychopathology - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis in Clinical Psychology - 30 Credits
  • Psychological Assessment - 15 Credits
  • Psychological Interventions - 15 Credits
  • Professional Clinical Skills I - 15 Credits
  • Qualitative Research Methods - 15 Credits
  • Research Project in Clinical Psychology - 60 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

View detailed information about tuition fees

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

View detailed information about our accommodation

Entry requirements...

Applicants must have a 2.1 or first BSc honours degree in Psychology (or overseas equivalent).

For country specific international qualifications please check here.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications will be considered;  IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band and a 6.5 in written and spoken English) or equivalent. Please contact the International Office for details. If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Part Time)