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Clinical Applications of Psychology (MSc) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-C8P5
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc offers you an excellent opportunity to combine academic and practical experience. Expertly designed by Warwick's Psychology department, ranked 7th by REF 2014, to strengthen your credentials for applying for doctoral training in Clinical Psychology.


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.

*This course is not open to Overseas students


Core Modules

  • Experimental Design and Data Collection
  • Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
  • Clinical Psychology in Adult and Older Adult Mental Health
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Case Study Seminar
  • Audit Placement Project

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.

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 1. In terms 2 and 3, 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. 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.

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.

The course usually takes 14 students per intake.

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

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^

English language requirements 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

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


10% Alumni Discount Scheme
If you are a Graduate of the University of Warwick and are of home or overseas fee status, you will be able to access a 10% tuition fee discount on this course.

Graduate Award Scheme 2020
We want to reward our loyal students and graduates of Warwick during a time like no other. We are introducing our prestigious Warwick Graduate Award Scheme for 2020 entry. You could be eligible for 30% off tuition fees. You will be automatically considered if you apply and accept your place by 31 July 2020.

Additional Course Costs

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

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


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

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.