The Clinical Psychology Research Process (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%: Written assessment (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.