Clinical Psychology

Programme structure and content

The programme has various qualification routes available, including Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters

The programme is designed to be completed part-time over two to six years at a pace that suits the student’s individual needs. All students enrol for the MSc, but have the option to exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

There are a number of qualification routes available; students enrol on the MSc programme pathway and can exit at any of the following qualification junctures.  Please note, however, that the online learning programme offers a distinct range of courses in comparison to the campus based programme of the same name.

Postgraduate Certificate in MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning)

The PG Certificate is 60 credits and must include Developmental Well-Being, Applied Developmental Psychopathology and one other optional course.  The PG Certificate can be completed over two to six years.

Post-Graduate Diploma in  MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning)

The PG Diploma is 120 credits and must include two core courses (Developmental Well-Being, Applied Developmental Psychopathology) and four option courses (120 credits in total). The PG Diploma does not include the dissertation project.  The PG Diploma can be completed over two to six years.

MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning)

The MSc is 180 credits and must include the three core courses plus the remaining three option courses (120 credits in total) and the dissertation project (60 credits). Entry to the dissertation is dependent on an overall mark of 50% subject to no more than 40 credits falling below 50% within the core and optional courses.  The MSc can be completed over two to six years.

Continuing Professional Development

Courses within the MSc programme may be taken as stand-alone CPD courses for which credits will be awarded. Candidates entering in this way, who subsequently opt to undertake the PG Certificate, Diploma or MSc, will be accredited for the prior learning on the CPD course, up to a limit of 40 credits, and will not be expected to repeat courses taken as CPD.

Courses in the  MSc Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning)

Please note that the online learning programme does not offer the full range of courses offered on campus based programme of the same name.

Course type First semester Second semester
Core courses Research Methods in Applied Psychology Applied Developmental Psychopathology
  Developmental Well-Being  
Option courses* Social Inequality and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context
    Critical Psychology and Child Mental Health

* Students can access other online option courses within the University. Online students who are able to attend campus based teaching may opt for courses from our campus based programme. Students with research methods learning needs (quantitative or qualitative), will be offered specific option courses within the school and the college.

** All courses are 20 credits at SCQF level 11.

Dissertation project

All MSc students complete a dissertation project which comprises 60 credits. The dissertation can take the form of a systematic review or meta-analysis in a relevant area, or it may take the form of an empirical study provided it is feasible within the programme time frame and meets ethical principles set out by the School’s Research Ethics Panel.