School of Psychology

Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health

(MSc) Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health

Entry for 2013

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

General Entry Requirements

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2013. Applications are traditionally held until this deadline passes and decisions are made once all on-time applications have arrived. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if places are available.

Course Aims

This MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology & Mental Health aims to provide a 1-year postgraduate grounding in research and clinical skills relevant to clinical psychology as well as a broad understanding of service provision in clinical psychology. These course aims should be attractive to new graduates eventually seeking a place on a DClin Psych clinical training course, and to a lesser extent to existing professionals and practitioners in either clinical psychology or other health-related disciplines. The Department of Psychology has research strengths in psychopathology and clinical psychology, and the MSc will be offered in partnership with the local Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who will be providing teaching on two of the modules and offering a limited number of research dissertation placements within the Trust. The Department of Psychology also has a strong suite of popular undergraduate modules in psychopathology, abnormal psychology and clinical psychology.

Course learning outcomes

1.Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the application of psychological knowledge to the practice of clinical psychology and the types of psychological and psychosocial theories and interventions employed by clinical psychologists in healthcare settings across the lifespan.

2.Describe, evaluate and perform a number of basic clinical skills relating to assessment, clinical formulation and treatment.

3.Demonstrate originality and reflective practice in the application of psychological knowledge to the understanding and treatment of mental health problems.

4.Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research methods relevant to clinical psychology and mental health. This will include methods to evaluate treatments and services, and to conduct research on the aetiology of mental health problems. Successful students will demonstrate a practical understanding of how established research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge in the f

5.Demonstrate an ability to identify a research question relevant to clinical psychology. To be involved in an investigation, using appropriate research design or methodology and method in a way which demonstrates ethical and methodological awareness and to present findings in a clear and thoughtful way.

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