MSc Clinical Health Psychology

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
    24 months part-time

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  • specifically designed for those interested in further professional or research training in Applied Psychology at Doctoral level
  • uniquely combines clinical, health and neuropsychology teaching with professional practice and research methods training
  • offers a series of practitioner-led workshops covering key psychological interventions
  • links with external partners who provide volunteering opportunities (subject to availability)

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Why this course?

The course has been developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills development across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology. In addition, you'll receive training in professional practice and research methods.

The knowledge and skills you'll develop will help prepare you for a PhD in a clinical or health-related area, or a career as a Practitioner Psychologist.

You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

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What you’ll study

Applied Psychology Topics

Three modules covering key theoretical and applied issues relevant to the clinical, health and neuropsychology disciplines.

Professional Practice

This class provides an evidenced-based introduction to core professional issues and ethical standards specified by key professional guidelines from the British Psychological Society, The Health Care and Professions Council, Scottish Government, NHS, SIGN and NICE.

Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

This class introduces the key epidemiological concepts and study designs as well as qualitative research methods, mixed methods, and evidence synthesis.

Introduction to Psychological Therapies

This class provides you with an introduction to evidence based therapeutic modalities offered in contemporary applied psychology, providing the opportunity to develop and practice clinical skills through role-play with supervised feedback from practitioner psychologists.

Dissertation

You'll undertake a supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes of clinical, health or neuropsychology. Your dissertation can take the form of a primary research study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review/meta-analysis.

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Course content

Clinical Psychology

This class will provide you with a rigorous theoretical and evidenced-based introduction to the field of mental health and chronic disease. We will explore the psychological impact of living with a chronic illness, with a particular focus on the most commonly reported mental health complaints. Students will learn about the clinical characteristics of a range of psychological disorders, the evidence base for their etiology and the factors that modulate their chronicity.

Health Psychology

This class will use health psychology theory to examine the relationship between behaviour, health and illness.  We will cover key health behaviours such as screening and adherence and students will learn how to identify the behaviour change content of complex interventions. The class will also examine the role of health psychology in health conditions of significant public health importance, e.g. sleep disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Neuropsychology

This class offers knowledge and training in neuropsychology. It will focus on identifying impairment using neuropsychological assessment and on the diagnosis of neurological disorders. You will gain knowledge and skills relating to neuropsychological assessment across a range of medical conditions. Students will learn about neuropathology, neuroanatomical and functional variation, cognitive and behavioural symptoms of a variety of medical conditions and advanced neuroimaging techniques, which help further our understanding of neurological / psychiatric disorders.

Professional Practice

This class will provide you with an evidenced-based introduction to core professional issues and ethical standards specified by key professional guidelines from the British Psychological Society, The Health Care and Professions Council, Scottish Government, NHS, SIGN and NICE. The development of self-reflection as a core skill of a practitioner psychologist will be encouraged throughout. Working as an Applied Psychologist means that professional behaviour and ethical practice is of the utmost importance. Registered practitioner psychologists are required by law to follow a code of ethics and display professional behaviour at all times. In addition, much litigation occurs as a result of poor communication or exceeding professional competence so teaching students about this early on in their professional careers is important. This class thus provides an understanding of core professional skills which are the linchpin of working as an applied psychologist.

Introduction to Psychological Therapies

The class will provide you with an introduction to evidence based therapeutic modalities offered in contemporary applied psychology, providing the opportunity to develop and practice clinical skills through role-play with supervised feedback from practitioner psychologists. This type of interactive learning is unique for a non-clinical programme. A series of workshops will introduce you to evidence based therapeutic modalities employed by practitioner psychologists in clinical practice. The development of self-reflection as a core competency and skill of a practitioner psychologist will be encouraged throughout. You will be able to reflect on your experiences of engaging in the practitioner-led, experiential workshops to begin to develop your reflective thinking and writing skills.

Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

This class serves as an introduction to research methods in Clinical Health Psychology. It will introduce the key epidemiological concepts and study designs as well as qualitative research methods, mixed methods, and evidence synthesis. This will take place in the context of evaluation which is a key aspect of applied psychological research, and enables a rounded appreciation of the types of data collection and analysis undertaken within the field of clinical health psychology.

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 and you will undertake an academic research project in one of the three core topic areas (i.e. clinical, health or neuropsychology). The dissertation can involve any method, relevant to the aims of the project, which is suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.

What our students think

Declan McTague, Clinical Health Psychology graduate

Declan McTague

I loved my time studying Clinical Health Psychology at Strathclyde. I was already interested in neuropsychology, which is why I chose the course, and I was able to complete my dissertation in dementia research. Not only did I develop my research skills, but I got to do so whilst analysing MRI images of brains, which was very exciting!
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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Psychology from a UK University, or overseas equivalent. 

Applicants with a non UK degree must be able to evidence that they've undertaken a statistics class/module and also a research methods class/module and completed a research project/dissertation in their undergraduate degree. If they've no previous statistics or research experience then they'll struggle with the content of this programme.

Please note: 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-served basis, so you're advised to apply as early as possible. Once we've reached capacity, any applications that are received will be held on a waiting list.

English language requirements

You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.

The MSc Clinical Health Psychology requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 7.0 (no individual components below 6.5 and a writing component of 7 or above) or equivalent. Test must be 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 Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you've successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you don't need to present any additional evidence.

If you're 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.

Eligibility for volunteering opportunities

Students who opt to pursue a volunteering opportunity may require membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVGS) or update of an existing membership. This will require applicants to provide a verified criminal records check from their home country.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Scotland

Full-time: £7,700
Part-time: £3,850

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

£9,250 

International

£18,950

Additional costs

Must pay for PVG scheme - £59.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Strathclyde Alumni

Our Alumni Scholarship is open to all Strathclyde undergraduate alumni that undertake a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Alumni can receive a scholarship of 15% or 20% off full-time postgraduate programme fees.

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Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students 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.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to 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.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate 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. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

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

Dean's International Excellence Awards: Humanities and Social Science

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award - Postgraduate Taught offers all qualified international postgraduate students pursuing a Masters a merit based scholarship of £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters, EdD Education or 1 year MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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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 postgraduate 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.

Clinical Psychologist 

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).

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Clinical Health Psychology

full-time
Start date: Sep 2021

Qualification: MSc

Clinical Health Psychology

part-time
Start date: Sep 2021

Qualification: MSc

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