BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology

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Introduction to our Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree

Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders and mental distress, while studying in our specialist psychology labs in Cambridge.

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We are psychologists

Professional psychologists talk about the things that motivate, unite and inspire them.

You’re fascinated by human behaviour, emotions, and relationships, and want to make a real difference to people’s lives. On our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree course, you’ll learn the main principles of psychology and how they’re applied in healthcare settings.

Together, we’ll explore the science behind what we do and who we are, with a strong focus on clinical and developmental psychology, mental health, and therapies and interventions. You’ll also develop the scientific, analytical and research skills you need to become a psychologist.

By studying psychology at ARU, you’ll immerse yourself in the science of mind and behaviour – and take the first step towards a career as a chartered psychologist, or training as a clinical psychologist.

What’s the difference between psychology and clinical psychology?

A psychologist is someone who has completed an undergraduate degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), such as our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology.

Psychologists may register with the BPS after graduation, and advance in their career through experience and further training.

Psychologists tend to work with healthier individuals who are experiencing issues such as stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, or relationship difficulties. Alternatively, they could work in psychological research, or use their knowledge of psychology in industry settings.

A clinical psychologist is someone who has gone on to complete a three-year doctoral training programme after attaining a BPS accredited undergraduate degree.

As well as the BPS, clinical psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. They usually specialise in particular issues or populations, and continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.

Clinical psychologists are qualified to work with individuals with all types of mental health difficulties, including those who are experiencing more severe and complex issues such as psychosis and personality disorders.

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Facilities and accreditation

Specialist labs

At ARU you’ll be based in our £45m Science Centre. It opened in 2018 and features a range of psychology labs including:

  • EEG Lab
  • Perception Lab
  • Neuroscience Lab
  • Developmental Lab
  • Psychometrics Lab.

Industry-standard equipment

Our labs house commercial software packages and specialist psychological equipment such as:

  • PowerLab devices for monitoring emotional and physiological response
  • a portable Nexus device, for recording similar activity outside the lab
  • a Tobii Pro 300TX eyetracker
  • driving simulator
  • Oculus Rift VR headset
  • visual and acoustic stimulation systems
  • functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • 64 channel Brain Vision EEG/ERP system.

British Psychological Society

Achieve a second-class honours degree or above, and you’ll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the British Psychological Society. It’s your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Careers

Once you’ve completed our Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree course, you’ll be able to register with the BPS as a graduate chartered member.

You could use your psychological knowledge and research, analytical, and communication skills to promote mental health or solve problems in a variety of workplaces.

You might undertake further training and become a counsellor or other type of therapist. Alternatively, you could embark on a career in psychological research at a university or government organisation, or in industry or the charity sector.

After gaining sufficient experience in clinical settings, you can train as a clinical psychologist by undertaking a three-year doctoral training course. As a clinical psychologist, you’re likely to work in the NHS, diagnosing and treating patients in in settings such as hospitals, community mental health teams, or child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). There are also options to work in private practice.

Whichever path interests you most, you can be sure that you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that industry needs. We work with employers, and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – offering hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, MSc Clinical Child Psychology, and MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Louise Kelly

"I’ve conducted my own research [which] has allowed me to gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a psychologist."

Louise Kelly

BSc (Hons) Psychology student

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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