Clinical Psychology

Programme content and structure

Teaching is delivered through a mixture of workshops, lectures and seminars, individual and peer supervision, delivered using a blend of on campus and remote delivery, supplemented by individual and group online tasks.

Classes are typically delivered in full-days either as part of week-long blocks or ‘contact’ days on a monthly basis.  Learning is collaborative, experiential and strikes a balance between information-sharing, skills-building, and critical pedagogy.  A clinical tutor maintains the link between university and student during placements.

Students must have access to  a suitable client group to undertake the programme.  Placements to achieve this can be offered via the Centre for Psychological Therapies.  Both ‘remote’ and ‘on campus ‘ options may be offered.

Learning outcomes reflect the focus on theory-practice links and development of the scientist-practitioner model in practice.  Clinical governance and model fidelity are emphasised, and in respect to all these aims, the student is encouraged towards critical engagement with the field.  Students develop a portfolio of assignments over the course of the programme that reflect academic and practical learning through essays, case study, recordings of clinical practice, placement portfolios and reflective pieces.  These portfolios will also provide evidence for individual accreditation requirements by BABCP and IPT-UK.

Pathways and exit awards

All students will enrol on the MSc Psychological Therapies but have the option to exit with a CBT specialism, denoted by an addition in brackets to the title of the award. Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit options are also available.

At certificate level students will complete practitioner level training in CBT, before going onto to complete advanced training.  A range of course options are available, allowing the student to tailor their therapeutic training towards specific populations in terms of age or condition.

Students will typically complete 60 credits each year, thus completing the MSc over three years, but the flexible programme structure allows students to take between 2 and 6 years, depending on their own needs.

Courses offered

Fundamentals of CBT with Children and Young People (20 credits)

CBT with Children and Young People in Practice (20 credits)

CBT Placement 1 (20 credits)

CBT for Complex Disorders (40 credits)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Introduction and Skills Building (ACT) (20 credits)

IPT - Level A (20 credits)

Research Methods in Applied Psychology (20 credits)

Psychological Approaches to Psychosis (20 credits)

Online Therapy Skills for Mental Health Practitioners (20 credits)

Progression requirement

Progression from certificate to diploma level is dependent upon achieving 60 credits at 40 or above, and meeting the requirements of the accrediting body in terms of practice requirements.

Progression from diploma to the dissertation follows the University’s assessment regulations.

Find out about the University's assessment regulations (PDF document)

There are course-specific progression requirements (arrows denote that the preceding course(s) is an essential prerequisite for the following course(s)):

  • Fundamentals of CBT with CYP -> CBT Supervised Practice -> CBT-CD