Contemporary Issues in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (912C8)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module explores the evolution of clinical psychology, how people become clinical psychologists, and different models of working in clinical psychology (for example scientist-practitioner, reflective practitioner).

We will:

  • consider what makes clinical psychology unique in multidisciplinary contexts and what it means to work psychologically in modern healthcare systems
  • discuss theoretical approaches underpinning clinical psychology practice (for example cognitive-behavioural, systemic or psychodynamic approaches)
  • debate contemporary issues, including formulation versus diagnosis, common versus specific factors in psychological interventions and evidence-based practice in clinical psychology
  • try to predict the shape of clinical psychology in the future.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Presentation)

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.

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.