The Foundations in Clinical Psychology master's degree offers world-class tuition and pastoral support. From this, you'll gain key knowledge and understanding. It will equip you with all the skills you need to enter the world of clinical psychology and research. This MSc does not require extensive psychology experience. You may be an intercalating MBBS student.
You'll learn through:
- expert-led clinical
- health and forensic psychology
- cultural and historical perspectives on mental health issues
- research apprenticeships.
The course provides you with a sound basis to apply for an assistant psychologist post. You'll gain academic and research skills to apply for further training. You must also have relevant work experience to explore this. This may include the following vocational training:
- doctoral training in clinical psychology
- training as a forensic psychologist
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programmes
The MSc draws upon existing expertise within the School of Psychology and Faculty of Medical Sciences. Existing programmes include:
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What you'll learn
As part of this Foundations of Clinical Psychology master's, students will learn how to:
- gather information from a variety of sources and synthesise it in an appropriate way
- evaluate and interpret theoretical concepts in the principal areas
- prepare and articulate arguments against these areas
- critically evaluate the evidence for these ideas
- tolerate and understand different points of view
- understand the issue of cultural and clinical competence
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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You take the following compulsory modules:
Cultural and Historical Issues in Clinical Psychology
Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Theory
Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A
Neurobiology of Mental Health
You take three optional modules from the following:
Psychology and Health
Advanced Topics in Disorders of Development
Legal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System
The Body, the Mind and the Self: interoception and mental health
Applied Professional Psychology Skills
How you'll learn
You'll learn and develop through various methods, including:
- your relationship with your personal tutor
- your relationship with your course-mates and extended learning community
- group work
- personal supervision
This course is usually taught and based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Psychology. Teaching is usually delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with occasional sessions on Wednesdays.
The MSc comprises taught modules and a supervised empirical project. The research component will revolve around psychological methodology.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Computer assessment
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Dr Gavin Clark – Degree Programme Director
Dr Jessi Komes – Deputy Degree Programme Director
Dr Sue Thorpe – Senior Tutor and Module Leader for Cultural and Historical Issues in Clinical Psychology
Dr Helen St Clair Thompson – Module Leader
Dr Jessi Komes – Module Leader
Professor Mark Freeston – Module Leader
Dr Carla Chivers – Module Leader
Barbara-Anne Robertson - Module Leader
Dr Gareth Richards - Module Leader
More information about our psychology staff can be found here.
This course can form a sound basis to apply for an Assistant Psychologist post. It allows you to apply for further training in Clinical Psychology. For this, you must have relevant work experience. You'll also need a previous degree that qualifies for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society.
Further training includes:
The course is also suitable if you are considering a research career in psychology You may also be considering a PhD.
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
The Dame Margaret Barbour Building is home to the School of Psychology at Newcastle University. Taught postgraduate students have two dedicated rooms with computers and ample study space. This bespoke facility is the newest addition to the Faculty of Medical Sciences and offers psychology facilities such as:
- forensic interviewing suite
- nutrition and food preference unit
- media and behaviour lab
- medical consultation rooms
- psychological testing cubicles
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021
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