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MSc Research in Clinical Psychology

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Full time | College Lane campus - University of Hertfordshire | 1 year | 28-SEP-23

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology

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Course Summary

About the course

This programme has been specifically designed for those intending to pursue a career in clinical psychology and to apply for a place on the professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, but it is also ideal for those interested in a research career or PhD in the area of clinical psychology and mental health. The programme enables students to gain detailed knowledge about modern theories and models in relation to psychopathology and psychological assessment as well as about effective psychological interventions and therapies. It also provides broad research training in quantitative and qualitative research, and offers education about the role of professional clinical psychologists along with training in essential clinical skills. The programme includes a Research Internship in Clinical Psychology which is a particularly attractive module enabling students to gain experience with professional research in clinical psychology. This masters course is: Designed to strengthen the research competence and academic profile of those intending to apply for professional training in clinical psychology. Offers broad postgraduate research training in quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to clinical psychology and mental health in general. Includes a Research Internship in Clinical Psychology.

Why choose this course?

The main educational aims of the programme are to provide you with a thorough knowledge about clinical psychology as an academic and professional discipline, and to develop your research competence in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods of particular relevance to clinical psychology. Core knowledge areas such as psychopathology, psychological assessment and various types of psychological intervention are each taught in specific modules. You will be introduced to leading theories or models in each field and the scientific evidence on which they are based will be critically discussed. Important research paradigms and controversies dominating current scientific debates within clinical psychology will be presented, and you will learn and practice how to critically appraise published research.

What will I study?

We have our own dedicated postgraduate teaching rooms. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practicals in class, workshops, group work, simulation exercises and individual supervision. A blend of different assessment methods will be used. Part of the modules is assessed by exams, but the majority of the assignments constitute coursework such essays, data analysis reports, a written paper critique and oral presentations. Teaching is given by accredited clinical psychologists as well as academic psychologists who research clinical issues.


This course is ideal for those considering a professional or research career in clinical psychology and wish to strengthen their academic CV.


The module familiarizes students with the various approaches to psychopathology and develops a critical understanding for how mental disorders and behavioural problems develop, can be classified, diagnosed and researched. Leading theoretical approaches to psychopathology (i.e. developmental psychopathology, the bio-psycho-social model of health and illness) and their methodological implications for research will discussed in detail, but critical alternative views of mental health (i.e. social constructionist) will also be considered.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a 2.1 or first BSc honours degree in Psychology (or overseas equivalent).

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more

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