This course will introduce you to clinical psychology. You'll learn through expert-led clinical, health and forensic psychology, cultural and historical perspectives on mental health issues, and research apprenticeships.
The Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc is aimed at students who have had little exposure to clinical psychology in their first degree and for intercalating MBBS students. It provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for careers in the clinical psychology sectors.
The course provides you with a sound basis to apply for an assistant psychologist post. It will also provide the necessary academic and research skills for you to apply for further training, if you have the relevant work experience. This might include vocational training eg doctoral training in Clinical Psychology, training as a Forensic Psychologist or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programmes.
You also benefit from this course if you are a Psychology graduate who is keen to pursue a research career in the clinical aspects of psychology, including clinically-oriented PhDs.
As a student on this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- theories, research methods, history, culture of clinical psychology
- assessing and synthesising information and formulating arguments
- professional contexts in which clinical psychologists work
- ethical issues and legislation
- conditions, aetiology, maintaining factors, interventions and therapies associated with clinical psychology
- the link between stress, health and illness
This course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Psychology. You are typically expected to attend 12 hours of contact time per week with an additional 28 hours of independent study per week. These times will vary depending on the modules taken.
Teaching is normally delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, there may occasionally be sessions on other days particularly in Semester 2.
The MSc comprises taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. The academic content of this programme is centred on forensic psychology, wellbeing and psychopathology. The research component is rooted in psychological methodology.
The MSc draws upon existing postgraduate programmes and expertise within the School of Psychology and Faculty of Medical Sciences. Existing programmes include: Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol); Low Intensity Psychological Therapies, PGCert; Forensic Psychology, MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, PGCert, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, PGDip and Neuroscience, MRes.
The School of Psychology provides high quality facilities to all our students, researchers and staff. We are located in the Ridley Building where you will have access to a postgraduate resources room with networked computers and printer.
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Modules for 2017 entry
You will take the following compulsory modules:
- PSY8034 Professional Issues in Clinical, Health and Forensic Psychology
- PSY8061 Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A
- PSY8036 Cultural and Historical Issues in Clinical Psychology
- PSY8038 Health Psychology and Principles of Behaviour
- PSY8037 Dissertation
You will take three optional modules from the following:
- PSY8039 Physical Activity and Health
- PSY8040 Research Apprenticeship
- PSY8041 Psychopathology and Pharmacology
- PSY8042 Fundamental Principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (e-learning)
- PSY8053 Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: skills and theory
- PSY8044 Disorders of Development: A Psychological Perspective
Modules PSY8042 and PSY8053 may not be taken together.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £21,000
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in psychology or a related subject. We are looking for students who have:
- performed consistently well throughout their degree
- evidence of research excellence
Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.
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English Language Requirements
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-skills).
10 week Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Pre-sessional English Language Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Language Course Requirements
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.