Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

September

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

Overview

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.

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Careers

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

  • 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.
  • 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 suit 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 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.
  • This module requires you to undertake a significant research project in the chosen field of study and to present the results of that research in a thesis prepared to the highest scientific professional standards. The research will normally be based on preparatory work undertaken in modules: Issues in Psychological Research and either Quantitative Research Methods or Qualitative Research Methods. The topic may be drawn mainly from a selection of suggested topics related to School research groups (professional subject of interest will be considered provided that a strong case is made and suitable supervision is available). The project topics will be assessed for suitability to ensure that it has the potential for sufficient academic challenge. You will be assigned a supervisor, or, if appropriate, a supervisory team. You'll be expected to make regular reports on the state and progress of your work. These reports will normally be in a written format suitable for incorporation into the final thesis.

Year one, optional modules

  • The module provides a theoretical framework of research methods for postgraduate students. It will encourage you to develop an increasingly autonomous and critical approach to research. You will be challenged to develop your research philosophy, consider the impact research can have on society and effectively analyse data using a range of advanced techniques relevant in sport and exercise sciences and psychology research. The module content will develop your critical understanding of the principles of data collection and analysis using various higher-level methods. You'll become critical researchers, be able to draw conclusions using multiple sets of data, effectively compare and contrast data and use literature to support ideas and/or theories. The module will be driven using real-world research questions, with example datasets provided to facilitate understanding of statistics and qualitative analysis. The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions and online tasks. It will equip you with a wide range of highly useful and transferable research and analytical skills (eg, numerical skills, use of research software, experimental design, presentations), which are highly relevant in the research and employment environment.
  • Develop an understanding of the most commonly used statistical techniques used in psychological research. This module develops a critical understanding of the principles of data collection and analysis for psychology of various quantitative methods. Practical issues surrounding statistical procedures are delivered in computer practical sessions. These will involve real-world research questions being presented to students. Example data sets will be provided and analysed. You will be required to analyse additional data sets independently and submit these for assessment. The statistical methods taught have been directed by the Economic and Social Research Council's Postgraduate Training Guidelines (4th and 5th editions). These will be written up in APA format, required by psychologists. The course will be delivered through lab-based practical sessions. The module will equip you with a wide range of highly useful transferable, research and analysis skills (such as numerical skills, use of SPSS, IT skills, experimental design, and presentations) which are highly relevant in the employment environment.

Assessment

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?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)

£10,000

UK students starting 2023/24 (part-time, per year)

£5,000

International students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)

£15,800

International students starting 2023/24 (part-time, per year)

£7,900

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?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Funding for postgraduate 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 and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.

International students

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

Entry requirements

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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 answers@aru.ac.uk for further information or check our information about undergraduate entry qualifications.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Teaching at ARU

We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of Distance Learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.

In the event that there are restrictions that are put into place due to the pandemic by the government - we will endeavour to retain face to face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.

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.

Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.

International students

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

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

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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