MSc Applied Clinical Psychology

Qualifications and durations

This course can be studied one year full time or two years part time.

  • MSc Applied Clinical Psychology (90 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Applied Clinical Psychology (60 credits) - potential exit award only
  • Postgraduate Certificate Applied Clinical Psychology (30 credits) - potential exit award only

About the course

The MSc Applied Clinical Psychology degree will provide you with the background knowledge and professional skills to enable you to progress into a career in psychology. You will be equipped with up-to-date knowledge of theory and practice issues relevant to UK and international health care settings.

You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake research and development in healthcare settings, including research design, governance, ethical and organisational issues.

You will be introduced to the foundation skills of clinical psychology practice including interviewing, observation and psychometric assessment.

You can find out more about this course by viewing a recording of our webinar.

Core units

The formally taught units are offered between September and May.

  • Fundamentals of clinical and health psychology
  • Fundamentals in clinical psychology practice
  • Advanced research design in health
  • Multivariate statistics for use in health contexts
  • Advanced qualitative analysis
  • Clinical research apprenticeship
  • Applied clinical psychology dissertation

Further information about units can be found in the programme specification.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught on this course through:

  • lectures
  • tutor-led seminars and tutorials
  • student-led seminars
  • practical workshops
  • guided reading
  • group work
  • active participation in research seminar programmes
  • monitoring of personal development with personal tutor
  • problem-based scenarios

Methods of assessment

You will be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • practical presentations
  • dissertation
  • research protocol
  • unseen examinations


This course is intended for graduates in psychology, who are interested in progressing to careers in the health professions as practitioners, researchers or managers. It will appeal to current health service professionals with a psychology degree or a related discipline who wish to enhance skills and knowledge in the areas covered.

The degree provides a background for further postgraduate training in clinical psychology. Relevant careers we expect graduates to pursue include assistant psychologist positions, which are also general preparatory employment for doctoral training in clinical psychology.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree in psychology (or its international equivalent).

  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a UK university, the degree must be recognised by the British Psychology Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a non-UK university must have a single honours degree in psychology. The degree does not need to be recognised by the BPS.
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology, we will consider applicants who have successfully completed a BPS accredited Masters conversion degree.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.

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Two references are required. One of these must be an academic reference.

Personal statement

You must submit a personal statement that provides evidence of how your academic, professional and personal experiences equip you to meet the demands of this course. As part of the statement you will also be asked to document your reasons for wishing to study clinical psychology at University of Bath and to outline your subsequent career intentions.

How to apply

You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Tuition Fees
Estimated Living Expenses including a Sample Budget Guide

Potential sources of funding

Studentships and scholarships


  • 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
  • 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
  • Funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships


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Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753

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Main areas of research

For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at Search for psychology in the ‘south west’ region.


The rapidly expanding Department of Psychology has a distinctive research profile and a long-standing record of cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research in applied aspects of psychology. It has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and collaborates with other departments in the University of Bath, local and national institutions, and international networks.