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Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc

Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology Psychology Specialisations People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Develop advanced research skills relevant to clinical psychology. You also gain a broad understanding of mental health service provision.

We offer this course in collaboration with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. You’ll learn from our faculty who have research strengths in psychopathology and clinical psychology, as well as guest lecturers including local practitioners.

The course is for you if you are a psychology graduate and you’re seeking a place on:

  • a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology course
  • other mental health professional training
  • a clinically relevant PhD.

You can also apply if you are an existing professional in other health-related disciplines. We offer supervision across a range of topics, encompassed by our research groups in Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Clinical Psychology, and Social and Applied Psychology.


Our students have gone on to work as assistant psychologists and researchers. Some have pursued further studies at doctoral level, including doctoral-level clinical psychology training.


This module explores the role of research in the context of clinical psychology. The module begins by describing what research is, and then discusses a number of ways in which research in clinical psychology can be conducted, with special attention being paid to the role of the scientist-practitioner and the scientific method. The module then considers what kinds of questions clinical psychologists are interested in addressing and how they might go about answering them. The bulk of the module is concerned with describing and evaluating a range of research methods used by clinical psychology researchers. The module includes discussion of the practical and ethical issues that clinical psychologists are likely to encounter while undertaking research. Finally, this module explores the translation of research findings into the practice of clinical psychology, and what promotes and restricts the application and development of evidence-based practice in the NHS context.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should be in psychology or a closely related subject such as neuroscience. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.