Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (916C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module explores the role of research in the context of clinical psychology. The module begins by describing what research is, and then discusses a number of ways in which research in clinical psychology can be conducted, with special attention being paid to the role of the scientist-practitioner and the scientific method. The module then considers what kinds of questions clinical psychologists are interested in addressing and how they might go about answering them. The bulk of the module is concerned with describing and evaluating a range of research methods used by clinical psychology researchers. The module includes discussion of the practical and ethical issues that clinical psychologists are likely to encounter while undertaking research. Finally, this module explores the translation of research findings into the practice of clinical psychology, and what promotes and restricts the application and development of evidence-based practice in the NHS context.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.