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Newcastle University: Foundations in Clinical Psychology

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Psychology
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This course allows you to understand important areas of clinical psychology. You learn through expert-led clinical, health and forensic psychology, cultural and historical perspectives on mental health issues, and research apprenticeships. Colleagues in the NHS provide an introductory course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through distance learning.

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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