M.Sc. Foundations of Clinical Psychology

University of Southampton

Application deadline: August 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 6,720 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,670 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc in the Foundations of Clinical Psychology offers a curriculum in which the central aim is to provide an educational experience which sets the profession of Clinical Psychology into a European and International context. Home students will have an appreciation of international professional issues and international students will gain an understanding of how to apply the principles of clinical psychology to developing service provision in their home countries, as well as gaining an understanding of service provision within the UK. The programme will serve as an academic stepping stone to completion of a PhD in Psychology and will supplement students experience for application to professional training offered by Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology.

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* An academic stepping stone to completion of a PhD in Psychology.

* Will supplement students' experience for application to professional training offered by Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology.


Taught modules extend over both academic semesters.

Year 1
The following are core modules:

Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology explores the classification of mental illness, theoretical models underpinning various psychological therapies and cross-cultural consideration.

Fundamentals of Therapeutic skills covers the basic skills on which effective therapeutic interventions are based, exploring the needs of clients from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Introduction to CBT for Anxiety and Depression' provides an introduction to CBT assessment, formulation and practice, considering ethical, professional and cross-cultural issues.

'Leadership and Management' provides an introduction to leadership and management, service development, management of change and team work, making reference to psychological frameworks and cultural issues.

Research Dissertation' aims to enable the student to produce a 10 000 word research project, addressing a contemporary issue in Clinical Psychology. The following research modules equip students with the skills to conduct their research project:

* RESM 6001 Philosophy of Social Science'
* RESM 6002 Research design'
* RESM 6003 Qualitative research methods 1'
* RESM 6004 Quantitative research methods 1'

Semester One
Semester Two
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide).


First- or upper second-class honours psychology degree, Other honours degrees are also considered in conjunction with an approved BPS conversion course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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