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Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc

Understand the principles, methods and broader context of clinical psychology with our Foundations of Clinical Psychology programmes.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024


The Foundations in Clinical Psychology master's degrees offer world-class tuition and pastoral support. From this, you'll gain key knowledge and understanding.

There are two pathways available*:

  • Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc (5202f)- students will complete a 60 credit dissertation which is suitable for students interested in developing their research skills
  • Foundations in Clinical Psychology with Professional Skills Portfolio MSc (5506F) – this programme is suitable for students who have not undertaken a research project during their UG studies and a 60 credit professional skills module, incorporating simulated placement activities, replaces the research dissertation

*only the 60-credit module differs, all other modules are the same across both pathways

Our programmes will equip you with a number of skills. These will help you to enter the fields of clinical and applied psychology and research.

You will learn through expert lead teaching and training in topics related to:


  • clinical psychology
  • health and forensic psychology
  • neurobiology and human development
  • research skills

The course provides you with a sound basis to apply for roles relevant to applied psychology.  This could include roles such as an assistant psychologist post. You'll gain academic and research skills which will support you in applying 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

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What you'll learn

As part of both Foundations of Clinical Psychology master's pathways, 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

Students on the Foundations in Clinical Psychology MSc (5202f) will:

  • gain research skills and experience in conducting research
  • interact with professional academic, health, forensic and/or clinical psychologists and related professionals in conducting a piece of research

Students on the Foundations in Clinical Psychology with professional Skills Portfolio MSc (5506f) will:

  • participate in online clinical activities and compose a variety of clinical documentation and materials as part of a simulated clinical placement
  • develop skills in conducting a systematic review of the literature


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.

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How you'll learn

Your future

This course can provide a sound basis to apply for roles relevant to applied psychology, such as an assistant psychologist post. This may also provide you with a variety of skills and experience to support applications for further training in Clinical Psychology.

Further training includes:

Please be aware that within the UK you will typically require relevant work experience and a previous degree that qualifies for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society in order to apply for such training or for an assistant psychologist position within the NHS. The MSc does not qualify you for graduate registration with the British Psychological Society or a clinical qualification which allows you to practice as a mental health practitioner. Consequently, if you do not have a previous degree which confers this and you aspire to undertake the above programmes, you are recommended to undertake a BPS accredited MSc conversion programme.

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


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 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Lynne Davison
Programme Administrator
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8494


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