Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc

Postgraduate (12 months full-time, part-time)



Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Teaching times

All teaching is on a Friday. One optional module in Trimester 1 is available on a Monday.


Work with world-leading researchers in understanding mental health problems and making a difference to people’s lives. Gain both a theoretical and practical understanding through guest lectures, industry-standard facilities and our Lived Experience Project.

Full description


With statistics suggesting 1 in 4 people live with or experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, there is a great demand for trained professionals. Our course will provide you with the academic and research skills you need to continue onto further professional training in clinical psychology. Alternatively it provides an excellent basis to work in other mental health and care environments. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Issues in Scientific Research
    This module is designed to help introduce you to the theoretical and practical complexities of the research process. The module will cover both qualitative and quantitative techniques, and it is aimed as a series of taster sessions. If you feel any of the techniques suits your research, your supervisor, and expert members of staff, will help you learn more about your chosen technique. Research training in the form of literature searching, constructing literature reviews, communicating and publicising your work will also be covered. Additional areas to be covered in this module include: The research process, research techniques, research ethics and scientific writing skills. This module is delivered face-to-face over 24h of lectures (2h per week) and requires 264h of student managed learning (11 hours for workshop preparation, 75h for reading and writing essays and 78 h for writing the portfolio) totalling 288h hours of learning activities.
  • Mental Health and Distress: Approaches to Assessment and Diagnosis
    Study the aetiology of mental health problems, as well as assessment and diagnosis. We'll take an explicitly critical approach to diagnosis of mental health problems, by considering not only the biological risk factors, but giving more attention to the psychological and sociocultural risk factors. You'll explore the current debates and controversies around diagnosis, drawing on psychiatric, psychological and sociological theories, taking a critical biopsychosocial approach to understanding the aetiology and diagnosis of mental health problems. You'll also explore the process of assessment in clinical psychology that takes into consideration psychological and sociocultural factors, such as gender and culture. Delivered through lectures that will involve both taught content and interactive discussion, you'll be assessed through one coursework assignment. You'll develop an understanding of mental health problems and their diagnosis, essential if you're considering further professional training and careers in clinical work with adults.
  • Quantitative Research Methods
    Develop a critical understanding of the principles of data collection and analysis for psychology and consider the theoretical basis of advanced quantitative methods. You will analyse example data sets using general linear models such as ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA, multiple linear regression, and factor analysis. You will learn about good reporting practices and will learn how to report and interpret complex results. These chosen statistical methods have been directed by the Economic and Social Research Council's Postgraduate Training Guidelines (fourth and fifth editions).
  • Clinical Formulation and Treatment
    This module aims to provide students with knowledge about the formulation and treatment process of different mental health problems in adults. The module covers an assortment of approaches used in formulation, including for example the broader biopsychosocial approach and specific approaches such as cognitive behavioural. Students will also learn about an assortment of therapeutic interventions relating to adult mental health difficulties alongside formulation. Students will also learn about professional practice issues including supervision, professional registration and ethics. The module will be delivered through lectures that will involve both taught and interactive discussion and two workshops where students will apply theoretical knowledge to developing basic counselling/communication skills. Focus on the importance of the therapeutic relationship will be emphasised in both lectures and workshops. The module is assessed through a combination of two coursework assignments and observation. The module provides an opportunity to understand theoretical aspects, challenges and the practicalities in formulation and treatment in clinical psychology, which will be useful for students considering further professional training and careers in clinical work with adults.
  • Masters Project
    You'll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.


You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge through a range of methods including essays, exams, portfolios, presentations, debates, data analysis and a dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2019/20 (part-time, per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (part-time, per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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