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Foundations of Clinical Psychology (MSc)

Foundations of Clinical Psychology (MSc)

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology

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Course Summary

About this course

Start your psychologist career path and study the foundations of clinical psychology at the University of Southampton. Learn the key therapy skills required of a clinical psychologist such as counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and how these apply to different cultures.

The leadership, management, and advanced research skills you'll gain on this MSc will also create career opportunities in many different sectors.

This clinical psychology MSc combines core clinical psychology knowledge, relevant research and application of clinical psychology all over the world. You'll learn about the service provision of clinical psychology in the UK and internationally which gives you the unique chance to adapt your practice to suit the needs of the country you'll work in. We welcome students from all over the world.

This intensive clinical psychology master's will ensure you graduate with the transferable skills and confidence stepping into the real world to pursue a career in psychology. You’ll develop your professional practice to reach the high standards expected from the field. Our MSc is also recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as counting towards continued professional development.

Through this course you'll:

  • learn core therapeutic skills including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • apply ethical and professional practice principles of clinical psychology
  • learn advanced data analytical skills
  • develop and apply leadership skills
  • look at the global challenges and management of mental health

Our vibrant learning environment actively encourages knowledge-sharing between students and academics. You'll listen, learn and share at regular psychology seminars from the Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (CIMH). You'll also get the unique opportunity to learn from NHS clinicians whose teaching will bring the latest case studies from UK healthcare.

We actively support you in setting up a work placement during your time. Previous students have set up placements at NHS Trusts, schools and charities across Hampshire.


Use this course as a step towards a psychologist career path in applied psychological therapy skills. Our students have found work in a variety of different types of psychology careers both within the UK and worldwide - with UK students going on to become assistant psychologists or psychological wellbeing practitioners.

Other students have pursued a career in research by studying a PhD in the field, others have used this course to successfully supplement their applications to the Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology.

Graduates from this course are working in the following roles:

  • Cognitive Psychologist for the Ministry of Defence, graduated in 2018
  • Assistant Psychologist in health psychology, graduated in 2018
  • Trainee on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, graduated in 2016
  • Support worker for people with trauma, graduated in 2016


This module builds on the skills and knowledge developed in PSYC6104 Introduction to CBT Theory and Skills. The module provides an introduction to the theoretical models and clinical skills involved in CBT for adults with anxiety disorders and depression. You will progress from a generic understanding of CBT and its use in the NHS to a more specific understanding of engagement,
Applied Research Methods: Statistical Analysis of Comparisons & Group Differences - Core

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in psychology; a 2:1 in all statistics modules; relevant experience in a mental health setting; Other degrees are considered in conjunction with an approved British Psychological Society conversion course.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more