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Clinical health psychology

MScClinical Health Psychology

Why this course?

This course is for those interested in pursuing professional or research training in applied psychology at Doctoral level.

The classes that make up this course have been carefully developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology, in addition to providing training in research methods.

The knowledge and skills you'll develop will help you if you're aiming to take a PhD in a clinical or health based area, or want to become a Practitioner Psychologist.

You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Single modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development.

Please note although this MSc has a duration of one year, the final assessment deadline you will have (dissertation submission) will be at the end of July. This is to ensure time for marking dissertations and for the external examiner to review all assignments (including the dissertations), prior to the exam board which takes place at the very beginning of September (and within which the marks are ratified). This procedure is typical of MSc courses in the UK.

You’ll study:

Research methods

Two modules covering qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Applied

Three modules covering theoretical issues and practical skills relevant to medical conditions from a clinical, health and neuropsychological perspective.

Professional practice

This module provides you with knowledge of the professional skills required in a workplace setting. 

Dissertation

You’ll complete a supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.

Work placement

You’ll complete a supervised research placement on a topic related to the course themes.

Find out more about the work placement

Empirical project

You’ll undertake a significant empirical project suitable for publication during the MSc. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.

Facilities

We've a number of purpose built experimental labs and facilities including:

Guest lectures

Practitioner psychologists contribute to both lectures and seminars throughout the course. For example, you’re introduced to techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing by Health & Care Professionals Councils (HCPC) accredited Practitioner Psychologists.

Course content

Research Methods

Qualitative Analyses

An introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of using qualitative methods within Psychology. Specifically, the class will focus on developing qualitative research questions, designing appropriate methods of data collection and analysing qualitative data. In order to achieve this, students will conduct a small group research project using qualitative methodologies.

Quantitative Analyses

This class aims to provide advanced training in quantitative statistics which is commensurate with statistical knowledge commonly acquired on other psychology programmes at this level. For example, advanced ANOVA and multiple regression. SPSS is the software package used on the course.

Applied Topics

These three classes cover theoretical issues and practical skills relevant to medical conditions from a clinical, health and neuropsychological perspective.

Health Psychology

This class will address the determinants of key health and illness behaviours, e.g. smoking, diet, physical activity, alcohol, screening, and adherence.

The role of health psychology in health conditions of significant public health importance will be studied, e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and musculoskeletal conditions.

Workshops will address topics such as measuring health, intervention development and behaviour change techniques.

Clinical Psychology
This class will provide you with a rigorous theoretical and evidenced-based introduction to the field of mental health and chronic disease. The psychological impact of living with a chronic illness will be explored, with a particular focus on the most commonly reported mental health complaints of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of these disorders, the evidence base for their etiology and the most widely used interventions within the clinical health discipline.
Neuropsychology

This class offers knowledge and training in neuropsychology. It will focus in particular on identifying impairment using neuropsychological assessment, on diagnosis and on monitoring.

You'll gain knowledge and skills relating to neuropsychological assessment across a range of medical conditions. Advanced neuroimaging techniques will also be covered which can help further our understanding of neurological/psychiatric disorders.

The neuropathology, neuroanatomical and functional variation, and cognitive and behavioural symptoms of a variety of medical conditions will be covered.

Professional Skills Training, Placement & Dissertation

This module provides you with the professional skills required in a workplace setting. You’ll undergo a placement linked to a real-world issue in a specific applied setting eg a pain clinic. The dissertation will be a supervised project relating to one of the course themes.

Professional Practice & Placement

This class will provide you with an evidence-based introduction to core professional issues, ethics, as well as an introduction to the communication skills required to practice effectively in an applied setting.

The aim of the class is to enable you to experience the practical application of psychology and the demands of working within an applied setting and within multidisciplinary working environments. It will also require you to work to the professional and ethical standards specified by the British Psychological Society and The Health Care and Professions Council.

You'll experience the practical application of psychology and the demands of working within an applied setting. Methods may include:

  • administering psychoeducational interventions
  • administering training programmes
  • audit & feedback
Dissertation

The dissertation is designed to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to the development and implementation of a research project.

The class will offer a portfolio of dissertation formats. You will undertake an academic research project in one of the three core topic areas:

  • clinical
  • health
  • neuropsychology

The dissertation can involve any method relevant to the aims of the project, which is suitable for publication in an appropriate journal. In addition, a consultancy model may also be available. The consultancy model would provide you with an opportunity to work on a project for an external partner.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through seminars, workshops, practical training sessions and practical labs. Specialist guest lectures from external speakers are also included in the curriculum.

The placement enables you to experience an applied work setting.

Assessment

A wide variety of assessment methods are employed by the course including:

  • practical report
  • self-reflective practice diary
  • exam
  • design of health information leaflet
  • poster presentation
  • case study evaluation
  • essay
  • thesis

Entry requirements

  • first or upper second-class Honours degree in Psychology from a UK university
  • or a qualification deemed by the Head of Department, acting on behalf of Senate, to be equivalent
  • in all cases, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English

Applicants are reminded this is a very popular programme of study and we receive more applications each year than we have places to offer.

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. We'll continue to receive applications for this course up until August 2018 but you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Once we have reached capacity, any applications that are received will be held on a waiting list.

English language 

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £6,750 full-time
  • £3,375 part-time

Rest of UK

  • £6,750 full-time
  • £3,375 part-time

International

  • £17,700 full-time
  • £8,850 part-time

How can I fund my studies?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

This course will be of interest to students who wish to pursue a career as an applied psychologist, either as a researcher progressing to a PhD, or to support progression to further clinical training such as clinical psychology.

The course also provides post-graduate specialisation in health for graduates to equip them with the knowledge and skills in mental and physical health and well-being to work in NGOs or in a professional position at global organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The range of professional and research skills that our graduates develop on the course means that they are highly employable for the next stage of research or clinical training.

Many have been successful in moving to a funded PhD following completion of the course while others have gone onto psychology assistant or community mental health organisations positions.

Please note that completion of this MSc does not provide a qualification for clinical practice in the UK. For a career as a Clinical Psychologist, a three-year doctorate in Clinical Psychology is required. The MSc in Clinical Health Psychology will provide foundational knowledge and skills that will be relevant for the doctorate, or for a job that will support career progression (for example, as an assistant psychologist).

Contact us

Apply

Applicants are reminded this is a very popular programme of study and we receive more applications each year than we have places to offer.

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis. We'll continue to receive applications for this course up until August 2018 but you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Once we have reached capacity, any applications that are received will be held on a waiting list.

Clinical Health Psychology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Clinical Health Psychology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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