Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £15,490

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This MSc is the only programme in the UK offering a combination of clinical and health psychology. It is aimed at graduates who have had little exposure to clinical and health psychology in their first degree and for intercalating MBBS students.

The course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills which will best equip you to become more competitive in the marketplace for careers in the clinical and health psychology sectors.

It will provide a sound basis for graduates who want to apply for an assistant psychologist post, or for those who have the relevant work experience to apply for further training, but who need to enhance their academic and research skills.  This might include those wishing to undertake vocational training, eg doctoral training in Clinical Psychology, and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programmes.

Psychology graduates who are keen to pursue a research career in the clinical aspects of psychology, including clinically-oriented PhDs, will also benefit from this MSc.

Expert-led sessions will be offered in clinical, health and forensic psychology; cultural and historical perspectives on mental health issues; and research apprenticeships. You will also have the opportunity to undertake modules in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provided by colleagues in the NHS through distance learning.

On completion of the course, you will gain knowledge and understanding of:
• theories, research methods, history, culture of Clinical and Health Psychology
• assessing and synthesising information and formulating arguments
• professional contexts in which Clinical and Health Psychologists work
• ethical issues and legislation
• conditions, aetiology, maintaining factors, interventions and therapies associated with Clinical and Health Psychology
• the link between stress health and illness


The MSc comprises taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. The academic content of this programme is centred on the psychology of health, wellbeing and psychopathology. The research component is rooted in psychological methodology.

The MSc draws upon the existing postgraduate programmes and expertise within the School of Psychology and Faculty of Medical Sciences. Existing programmes include: Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol) ; IAPT programmes  Low Intensity Psychological Therapies, PGCert; Neuroscience, MRes;

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in psychology or a related subject. 

Applicants whose first language is not English will require an overall IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum score of 7.0 for each sub-section), TOEFL 100 (internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For more information about this programme and to register your interest please contact:

Dr Sue Thorpe
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6177

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Psychology.