Clinical Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants who are at the beginning of their career may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc and CPD programmes in Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches are as follows:

  1. A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in Psychology or a related discipline OR a professional/practitioner qualification in an area directly relating to child and adolescent mental health. Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is not required for entry on to this programme.
  2. For applicants whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English must be provided. The IELTS level for this programme is: 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.5 in each section).
  3. Work or volunteer experience with children and/or young people and/or families. 

Work experience can include paid work, or volunteer experience and ideally, you should have at least four months volunteer/work experience. Examples of this include:

  • Residential care settings, e.g. paid employment in residential care homes, volunteer experience in institutional settings 
  • Education,  e.g. volunteer/work experience in mainstream/special schools, or with young people in FE
  • Childcare or parenting, e.g. Parentline, experience in private/public nurseries, care work.
  • Social work settings
  • Clinical settings, e.g. paid/voluntary working with Clinical Psychologist or therapists
  • 3rd sector, e.g paid/voluntary work with children's charities, advocacy groups etc. or befriending/volunteer work with specific groups e.g. learning disabilities

On your application please provide information about your work experiences with children, young people or families and reflect on how your volunteer or work experience relates to your understanding of mental health.

The University has made a commitment through our Contextual Admissions policy to offer a place to any care-experienced applicant who meets the minimum entry requirements for the course to which they have applied, wherever that is possible.

Accreditation of prior learning

If you have completed postgraduate study in a related area elsewhere, you may be able use your credits towards a programme of study here.Applications for Accreditation of Prior Learning are dealt with on an individual basis once an offer of a place has been accepted. We can give y ou an informal indication if you provide the details of where, when and for what you were awarded the credits.

Entry deferral

It is not possible to defer entry to a subsequent academic year. As there is no maximum cap on programme numbers, if you meet the entrance criteria, you  would still be offered a place in a subsequent year.