Bournemouth University: Foundations of Clinical Psychology

InstitutionBournemouth University View institution profile
Department Department of Psychology
Telephone 01202 961916
Study type Taught


This course delivers an extensive and detailed study of key aspects of clinical psychology. Teaching and assessment focusses on both academic understanding and practical skills, and takes a patient-centred approach including the exploration of case material. Many teaching sessions are provided by local and national clinical experts. This includes several clinician-researchers who conduct cutting-edge mental health and psychotherapy research.

This course is aimed at people who wish to acquire an in-depth knowledge of clinical psychology and so enhance their applications for a range of clinically-relevant employment. For UK-based students, this includes applying for UK clinical psychology doctoral training programmes. Other graduates of this course pursue academic careers by going on to enrol for clinically-relevant PhDs.

The course content typically comprises a mix of lectures, workshops, individual and group-based development activities and discussions. The emphasis is on the application of theory to practical issues, with an aim of helping students understand how theory and empirical research findings relate to the experiences of individual patients with mental health problems.

Each unit is assessed either by coursework alone or via a combination of coursework and examination. All assessments are on an individual basis although there may be group activities and role-plays involved.

Delivery of the course typically involves two to three days per week on campus between mid-September and May each year, with supervision arrangements for the dissertation and associated assignments extending into the summer months. This delivery pattern allows students to plan and build a clinical experience portfolio more effectively, if appropriate to their future career.

In addition, you will have the chance to apply for a Department of Psychology Research Apprenticeship Scheme. These voluntary posts provide students with experience of being part of academic-led research teams and thus students contribute to world-class psychological research. As such, these posts can provide a valuable addition to your skill portfolio and can help make you an attractive candidate for a range of clinical and research roles.


Bournemouth University

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