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.

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 an individual, supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes. 

Work placement

You’ll complete an individual, supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes.  

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
You'll be taught the underlying philosophy of using qualitative methods as well as a focus on Conversation Analysis and Discourse and you'll achieve practical competencies in the analysis of transcribed data.
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, multiple regression, and meta-analysis. SPSS is the software package used on the course.
Common Experimental Methods
The Theories of Mind and Body class offers a biopsychosocial perspective on health and illness. As a consequence, biological, social and psychological approaches to health and illness will be examined. Theoretical models of health and illness behaviour and psychological wellbeing will be covered.

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, motivational interviewing, intervention development and behaviour change techniques.

Clinical Psychology

This class will provide you with a rigorous theoretical and evidenced-based introduction to using psychological therapies for medically related disorders with a primary focus on cognitive-behavioural therapy.

It offers specialised training and education in the assessment and management of co-morbid psychological conditions associated with medical disorders (specifically long-term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms).

The class will focus heavily on teaching experiential clinical skills which is unique for this type of non-clinical academic programme but which will prepare you for a career in Applied Psychology.

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 variations, and cognitive and behavioural symptoms of a variety of medical conditions will be included.

Professional Practice & Placement

This module provides you with the professional skills required in a workplace setting. You’ll complete a project linked to a real-world issue in a specific applied setting e.g. a pain clinic.

Professional Practice & Placement

This class will provide you with an evidenced-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.

The class will allow you to take a specific problem identified by the organisation, develop a solution, implement that solution and evaluate its efficacy. Methods will include:

  • audit and feedback
  • training programmes
  • developing psychological interventions
Dissertation

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

The class will offer a portfolio of dissertation formats. You can opt to undertake an individual academic research project in any 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 will also be available. The consultancy model will 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 and to begin to build your own independent professional networks.

Assessment

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

  • practical reports
  • self-reflective practice diaries
  • exams
  • design of health information leaflets
  • poster presentation
  • case study evaluations
  • essays
  • 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

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

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

2017/18

  • MSc full-time £6,500
  • MSc part-time £3,250
  • Per 20 credit module (non graduating) £725

Rest of UK

2017/18

  • MSc full-time £6,500
  • MSc part-time £3,250
  • Per 20 credit module (non graduating) £725

International

2017/18

  • MSc full-time £17,250
  • MSc part-time £8,625

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) or hospital-based practice.

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.

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Clinical Health Psychology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Clinical Health Psychology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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