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Health and Clinical Psychological Sciences MSc

Health and Clinical Psychological Sciences MSc

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Full time | Main Site | 1 year | OCT-20

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Health Care Management / Health Studies Medical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Birkbeck's MSc Health and Clinical Psychological Sciences is designed for graduates with a background in psychology, neuroscience or health sciences, who want to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in health (including health psychology, applied neuroscience and neuropsychology) and the factors contributing to physical and mental health outcomes.

The course will deepen your understanding of the methods and insights of contemporary health and clinical psychological sciences, including applied neuroscience. You will develop your generic research skills, learn advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, and study how best to design and evaluate interventions.

The emphasis is on mixed-method approaches and we will support you in developing a cross-disciplinary approach to appraising research and carrying out an independent research project.

On the MSc, you conduct conducting a research dissertation within an area of contemporary psychology, which includes a literature review, formulating a research question, designing and running a study to address your research question, analysing the study’s results and presenting your study in a formal report.


Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.


Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.


Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, health or related areas. Possible professions may include psychologist, counsellor or researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a further education lecturer.


The module will explore the neurocognitive underpinnings of mental health problems, and provide an in-depth investigation of the ways by which these neurocognitive pathways can be targeted to protect against and reduce emotional vulnerability, moving towards better emotional and cognitive health, healthier emotion regulation strategies and a richer quality of life. It will encourage the critical evaluation of the effectiveness of current interventions in health and mental disease as well as the thinking and design of new interventions inspired by neurocognitive interventions targeting cognitive health to improve emotional wellbeing in a number of vulnerable populations (eg women with breast cancer).

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in psychology or a related discipline (eg neuroscience, nursing or health sciences).

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more

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