Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
The MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology has been specifically designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in core theoretical, methodological, and empirical areas of clinical psychology. This programme is aimed at graduates who wish to strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for a career in clinical psychology and is taught by academics/research experts in their field, HCPC Registered Psychologists, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and service users and/or carers. You will also have the opportunity to undertake and be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement.
With one day of teaching (Tuesdays), delivery is designed to support those with full-time jobs or family commitments, and full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) study options are available.
You should have a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC: or an equivalent International professional body). The reason for restricting entry to those with GBC is that the course is intended as a gateway to a doctoral training programme in clinical psychology, for which GBC is required. If you have a Lower Second Class honours degree in Psychology you may be considered for a place on the course providing you can demonstrate strengths in both Research Methods and Statistics, and clinical psychology or related subject areas.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications.
In addition to the minimum entry requirements, our decision to accept you onto the course will be based on your overall suitability for the course. Specifically, successful applicants should be able to: 1) demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, a career in clinical psychology, and 2) evidence reflection on relevant work experience or research in relation to the discipline. It may be possible to use existing work experience to fulfil the optional placement component of the course. Therefore, if relevant to your application, you may wish to include brief details (approximately 50-100 words) of any organisations or individuals that might be able to provide a placement opportunity.
You will also be required to supply two references (essential), the first of which has to be academic. The second can be either an academic or a relevant experience reference, but the latter is desirable. Relevant vocational experience can be either from paid or voluntary work and could have been gained in a range of contexts, but the referee should be able to comment on your performance in a context or setting directly relevant to clinical psychology. Please note that references should be obtained and submitted along with your application in order for us to consider your application at a particular deadline.
Application and review process
There are approximately 20 places available on this MSc course and all applications received are held until the next application deadline and then reviewed together. The deadlines for considering applications for 2016/17 entry are:
Following submission, if your application meets the entry requirements it will be held until the next application deadline. Following a review of applications received at each deadline, we will endeavour to make offers on approximately one third of the available places. If the course is not full following a review of applications at the July deadline, we may select applications from the reserve list or continue to accept new applications.
Specialist application of clinical psychology
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
The MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology is intended for graduates who wish to strengthen their knowledge base, academic credentials and applied skills in core areas of clinical psychology. The course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of
Advanced research skills and competencies are developed further through a project supported by an experienced researcher within the programme team, where you will be given the opportunity to apply your skills to a relevant topic in clinical psychology.
The applied focus of the course places a key emphasis on supporting placement opportunities for our students; with staff assisting you in finding a suitable placement, and ensuring you work on a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., service evaluation)*. The course also targets your development of applied skills through embedding your core knowledge directly into clinical contexts within role play and case study review. A critical area in your skill development will be working on developing your competence in reflection and clinical communication, learning how to adapt your style for different client groups. You will also be encouraged to explore applied approaches in specialized areas such as neuropsychological assessment.
From the very beginning our course has embedded service user/carer perspectives from course development, through to delivery and assessment. This is supported by UCLan’s service user/carer team (Comensus), made up of individuals who use their own personal narratives from a wide range of psychological and neurological difficulties. They will support you in exploring your involvement in a range of services, and they will share their experiences with you in a safe, supportive environment.
If you wish to undertake a placement you will be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement. Placements may be in the private sector, third sector, or NHS. Examples include mental health and counselling services; or substance abuse, dementia and homeless charities. You will undertake a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., audit, service evaluation, or psychoeducational work) and the work will be agreed prior to the start of the placement. The placement module can also be undertaken by students already in employment in an appropriate setting (e.g., as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS).
The course aims to foster the development of key skills that will facilitate further academic and vocational training and subsequent employment. Through the skills and knowledge developed during the course, you will strengthen your CV and applications for Assistant Psychologist posts within the NHS, or further competitive doctoral training in clinical psychology (DClinPsy, or ClinPsyD). This MSc course does not provide any guarantee that upon its completion you will be successful in securing these posts and is not BPS accredited. However, the course has been especially designed so that you acquire knowledge and skills in key areas of clinical psychology.
Doctoral training in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy, or ClinPsyD); PhD.
* Acceptance on this course cannot be taken as a guarantee of a placement.
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.
Clinical and other HCPC Registered Psychologists alongside a broad range of clinicians will contribute to the delivery of this course; many of these work or have worked within the NHS, but we also have links with clinicians in private practice. This unique mix of professionals is reflected in the content of the course, where you will learn about the similarities and differences of working clinically within the NHS vs. private practice.
We aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students. The School is based in the multi-million pound purpose-built Darwin Building, which includes an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including: a Brain Imaging Laboratory, Observational Suite equipped with one-way mirrors and video cameras; established Health Psychology Suite; and eye tracking equipment. The School has a thriving community of PhD and MSc students and has links with regional universities, NHS hospital trusts, schools and community groups.
The core theoretical basis of clinical psychology will be presented via lectures and supported seminars. Seminars or workshops are used to explore key issues from the curriculum, both to facilitate understanding and develop skills; you are encouraged to prepare material in advance of the sessions, to exchange information as part of a peer network, and to reflect upon their understanding. Independent study will also be incorporated, as well as research supervision to support the production of a high-quality research project that will contribute to the field of clinical psychology.
The course is assessed through a mixture of exams, coursework, statistical assignments, and an advanced research dissertation.
The taught component of the course will take place on a Tuesday to support students with full-time jobs or family commitments, and it may be completed over 1 year (full-time) or 2 or more years (part-time).