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Clinical Applications of Psychology (MSc) (2023 Entry)

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Explore our Clinical Applications of Psychology taught Master's degree.

Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc offers you an excellent opportunity to combine academic and practical experience. This course has been expertly designed by Warwick's Psychology department to strengthen your credentials for applying for doctoral training in Clinical Psychology.

Please note this course is not open to Overseas students.

Course overview

The MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology is designed for those who plan to apply for admission to doctoral training programmes in Clinical Psychology and can help to strengthen your credentials for the competitive entry process.

The taught components of the course include modules on research methods tailored to clinical applications, evidence-based practice in adult, older adult, and child/adolescent populations, and clinical case analysis.

Teaching provision is shared between academics with research interests in the relevant topics and practising clinicians with current experience in Psychology services within the NHS. The practical component of the course is a six-month research placement in a local NHS trust that maintains a training relationship with our doctoral programme.

Skills from this degree

  • Opportunity to combine academic and practical experience in the field of Clinical Psychology
  • Research design and analysis
  • Develop an understanding of evidence-based practice in child, adult and older adult settings and the role of Clinical Psychology in the NHS
  • Clinical case analysis
  • Time-management skills, which are crucial when training to be a clinical psychologist and beyond

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

A first class or good 2:i honours degree (or equivalent from overseas Universities) in Psychology or containing Psychology as a major component. Successful applicants should be able to demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, a career in mental healthcare.

Please note, this course only considers UK/EU students with a Psychology degree that provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (BPS).

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirementsLink opens in a new window. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Additional requirements

For the MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology, a DBS check is required at a cost of approximately £53.

Core modules

Experimental Design and Data Collection

On this module you will become familiar with the principles of good experimental design.

Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

This module adopts a clinically relevant practical focus to introduce you to both advanced qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Clinical Psychology in Adult Mental Health

The over-arching aim of this module is to provide an introduction to some of the psychological factors that have specific relevance for adults and older adults.

Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

This module will provide a broad theoretical background and introduce them to key professional issues in this specialisation.

Case Study Seminar

This module has been developed to enable you to develop skills at integrating psychological theory with clinical practice.

Audit Placement Project

This module will enable you to gain practical experience of working as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist with Clinical Psychologists within NHS trusts.


The taught components of the course include modules on experimental design, data collection and analysis tailored to clinical applications, evidence based practice in adult, older adult, and child/adolescent populations, and clinical case analysis.

Teaching provision is shared between academics with research interests in the relevant topic areas and practising clinicians with current experience in Psychology services within the NHS.

Students are assigned to placements, where they will work with Clinical Psychologists on clinical audit and service evaluation, as applicable to the specific setting of the placement. Every effort is made to match students' interests with the available placement opportunities. The formal output of the placement is a written dissertation comprising a literature review and a report of the audit or service evaluation work carried out during the placement. Support and guidance is provided by an academic supervisor, while on-site supervision is provided by a clinical supervisor.

Class sizes

The course usually takes 15 students per intake.

Typical contact hours

Teaching is delivered though lectures and seminars. You will have an average of 8-10 hours of lectures and 2-4 hours of seminars per week in term one. In terms two and three, students complete their seminar study and undertake a six month NHS research placement, three days a week in a local NHS Trust that maintains a training relationship with our doctoral programme.


We typically assess modules through a mix of assessment types, which include written clinical case evaluation reports, design exercises focusing on clinical research, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, open book examinations and a service related literature review and project.

Reading lists

Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web pageLink opens in a new window.

Your timetable

Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you when you join us.

Your career

Graduates from this course have gone on to work as Assistant Psychologists in the NHS, IAPT, charitable organisations such as the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, and the private sector, for example The Family Psychologist. They have also undertaken clinically relevant research roles.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year.

Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers with Children and Young People
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Meet the Psychologist

Psychology at Warwick

A playground for the mind

Our research-driven department can offer you the kind of physical and intellectual environment that’ll inspire you to succeed. We pride ourselves on being a friendly, inclusive academic community offering a stimulating, intellectual environment to students and staff. We’re large enough to provide excellent resources and education, but also small enough to know who you are and provide one-to-one support.

Find out more about us on our website.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees

Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.

Additional course costs

Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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