Applied Clinical Psychology MSc

Our online MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology will help healthcare professionals gain new knowledge and skills in clinical psychology.

Course Information

The online Applied Clinical Psychology MSc is designed for healthcare professionals in the UK and overseas wishing to gain new knowledge and skills in clinical psychology.

This course is specially developed for busy health professionals and is practical and clinically focused. It will give you a better understanding of the role of psychology within healthcare settings, allowing you to apply your knowledge of clinical psychology to your clinical practice.

The online MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology course aims to:

  • Equip the individual with a broad understanding of clinical psychology, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.
  • Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in clinical psychology.
  • Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of psychologically informed health care.
  • Enable graduates to confidently work in teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • Enable graduates to critically evaluate the delivery of psychological care to patients/service users.
  • Equip students with a systematic understanding of evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • Enable graduates to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of clinical care across the spectrum of healthcare specialties caring for patients with psychological needs.
  • Equip students with the ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance for clinical psychology and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios.
  • Develop skills in leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • Extend student knowledge of research methods and application to practice.
  • Extend the scope of practice by exploring a professional subject area in more depth utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.

Course Structure

Our online Applied Clinical Psychology MSc a part-time, distance-learning course. Delivered over 2 calendar years, the online part-time distance course is specially developed for busy health professionals.

Year 1, comprising of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration, is designed to be practical and clinically focused. At this point, upon successful completion of the 6 modules, you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 2 begins with an initial 12-week module to develop your skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies followed by a professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Module Aims
  • This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the context, definitions and models underpinning the profession of clinical psychology. The module will enable students to understand training routes to enter the profession and range of roles and clinical settings that clinical psychologists work within. The module also aims to introduce distinctive features, key concepts and debates that have shaped the development of clinical psychology.
Module Content
  • Definitions, history, scientist-practitioner model
  • Training routes, roles and clinical settings
  • Supervision, reflective practice and self-care
  • Models of mental health
  • Trauma & attachment
  • Cultural and social perspectives, equality, diversity and inclusion
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically explore the application of psychological sciences in relation to clinical psychology.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the development and context of clinical psychology.
Module Aims
  • To develop students’ understanding of clinical skills and their relevance and use in clinical psychology.
Module Content
  • Engagement & motivation, goal setting
  • Interviewing skills
  • Clinical assessment
  • Formulation
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Treatment selection, planning and evaluation
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate a variety of clinical skills and examine their application, use and relevance within clinical psychology.
  2. Critically appraise the delivery of psychological care in varying clinical settings/conditions.
  3. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the processes, principles and levels of formulation.
Module Aims
  • To enable students to understand the application of a range of psychological therapies used in clinical practice.
  • To develop an understanding of how core psychological knowledge and skills can enable practitioners to select, and, if necessary to adapt and combine therapeutic approaches.
Module Content
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies
  • Dynamic and Relational therapies
  • Systemic & Family Therapies
  • 3rd wave and specialised therapies
  • What works for whom, and why
  • Formulation and treatment planning using different models
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the principles and methods underpinning therapeutic approaches commonly used within clinical psychology.
  2. Develop critical appraisal and formulation skills that will enable students to develop treatment plans by selecting, adapting or integrating therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of individual clients.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to familiarise students with the clinical psychology of common mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
  • To introduce students to the psychology of common life experiences and psychological factors that can underlie or contribute to a range of mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
Module Content
  • Anxiety – panic and phobias
  • Anxiety – social and health anxiety, OCD
  • Depression (unipolar)
  • PTSD (type 1)
  • Adversity, attachment, adjustment, and grief
  • Self-esteem, perfectionism, self-criticism, shame and compassion
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise psychological perspectives and treatment approaches for common mental health difficulties.
  2. Critically appraise the roles of key transdiagnostic factors in common mental health difficulties.
Module Aims
  • To familiarise students with the clinical psychology of severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  • To enable students to understand a range of psychological perspectives that may assist clinicians in intervening to help people with severe and complex mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
Module Content
  • Psychosis and At Risk Mental States
  • Bipolar/extreme mood states
  • Personality disorders
  • Complex trauma & dissociation
  • Transdiagnostic perspectives
  • Working with severe conditions within complex systems
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise psychological perspectives on severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  2. Analyse, synthesise and assess the implications of psychological perspectives on severe and complex mental health difficulties for clinicians and service providers.
Module Aims
  • To explore the application of clinical psychology across a range of specialist settings and clinical presentations.
Module Content
  • Clinical health psychology
  • Forensic clinical psychology
  • Addictions and Eating Disorders
  • Learning disabilities, autism & neurodiversity
  • TBI and neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Dementia
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically apply clinical psychology knowledge and skills to a range of clinical presentations.
  2. Analyse, synthesise and consider the process of applying psychological principles and methods to complex and/or unfamiliar situations.

Aims of the module:

To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.

Synopsis of the module content:

  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  • Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.

Aims of the module:

  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on formulating the question and the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinical psychology related project relevant to the person's practice.

This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Clinical audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
  • Secondary data analysis.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Design and undertake research and development projects related to clinical psychology in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change in a clinical psychology setting.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing clinical psychology services appropriately.


The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-20 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Applied Clinical Psychology. Students are required to produce the following:

  • A group submission.
  • An individual submission.

Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.

Teaching Methods

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Module 7 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

This module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in . The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.

Module 8 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a word professional project.

Our dedicated Student Services Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Entry Requirements

Psychology graduates are eligible to apply for the course. Healthcare professionals with a relevant degree qualification would be able to apply but will be subject to individual assessment to ensure they have the requisite experience. All applicants should work in a setting where they can apply their learning to practice.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but with relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

  • Possess a good first degree (i.e. a minimum of a 2.1) in psychology, awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or be a registered healthcare professional working in a setting where they can apply learning to practice.
  • Provide evidence in a personal statement as to how they can apply learning to a practical setting.
  • Be involved in a setting where they can reflect on practice (e.g. – workplace, voluntary work).
  • Have the ability to communicate their ideas effectively. Basic IT skills (e.g., word-processing, email and Internet) will also be expected.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2021: £8,880
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2021:

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - August 15th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£830 £830
1st Nov 2021 £830 £7,970
1st Jan 2022 £830
1st Mar 2022 £830
1st May 2022 £830
1st Jul 2022 £830
1st Sept 2022 £650
1st Nov 2022 £650
1st Jan 2023 £650
1st Mar 2023 £650
1st May 2023 £650
1st Jul 2023 £650

Deposits are non-refundable

Application Deadline | 21st February 2021 |