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University of Kent: Clinical Psychology - MSc

Institution University of Kent View institution profile
Department School of Psychology
Telephone 01227 768896
Study type Taught


Whether you're an aspiring clinical psychologist, researcher, or intellectually curious, enhance your understanding of the key clinical and professional knowledge and skills that lie at the heart of clinical psychology.

Overview Enhance your knowledge and critical understanding of how we view mental health, delve into the processes involved in psychological assessment, formulation and intervention, and carve out your place in the field by creating your own clinical research.

Reasons to study MSc Clinical Psychology at Kent - Clinical teaching from academics with relevant clinical experience and qualifications, demonstrating the scientist-practitioner model of working.

  • Your course is co-produced and designed by academics, professional clinical psychologists, students themselves and by those with lived experience of receiving Clinical Psychologist help and support, matching the aspirations for course design articulated by the University’s 2025 vision.

  • Teaching explicitly designed to be varied, engaging and include experiential learning.

  • We can support you in gaining clinical experience through our signposting database.

  • The opportunity to study in a School with high quality teaching, an active and international research profile, and excellent teaching and research facilities.

  • Over 80% of our Psychology research was classified as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for environment and publications in Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

  • Join a supportive and welcoming postgraduate community, with dedicated student and social space within the school.

What you’ll learn You will understand relevant supporting and governing bodies and policies in the area of clinical psychology along with the psychological models of clinical disorders. With this knowledge you can begin to learn and practice therapeutic skills to build your toolbox and confidence in working with individuals experiencing difficulties in the future.

Develop a deep understanding of the processes involved in the assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties.

Generate and explore your hypotheses by designing, conducting and analysing a clinically relevant research project. This prepares you for a future research PhD or a clinical psychology doctorate programme (needed to become a qualified clinical psychologist)

About the School of Psychology As a student within the School of Psychology at Kent, you benefit from our supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning.

All of our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.

Conducting both basic and applied research in several areas, Psychology at Kent is highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. Our long-established international reputation in social psychology is complemented by our strengths in clinical, cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. We attract excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas.

Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. Some are also paid to undertake part-time teaching within the School. We have a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding, which involves partnerships with external organisations such as Age UK and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.


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