Taught course

Clinical Applications of Psychology

Kingston University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree in psychology or equivalent; or
  • A mental health qualification or other suitable professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will enhance your knowledge of the clinical applications of psychology and build practical experience to help your future career.

You will be taught by both clinically active psychologists and research active academics. You will learn theories of psychopathology from childhood to adulthood, and clinical applications of psychology in health and well-being. The course offers skills training in counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and develops your awareness of professional issues relevant to clinical practitioners.

You will gain a real advantage for careers in clinical and counselling psychology, research and a related area of psychology. However, please note the course does not lead to a direct professional qualification as a clinical psychologist, or guarantee entry to doctoral-level training in clinical or counselling psychology.

Reasons to choose Kingston University:

  • You may gain practical experience through a work placement. The University has links with charities, community groups and hospitals.
  • You will be taught by academics who are researchers and/or practitioners in clinical and health psychology.
  • There are guest lecturers who are clinical and counselling psychologists, working in specialist clinical settings (eg chronic pain, sexual health).

What you will study:

You will gain in-depth knowledge of theories of psychopathology across the lifespan, and will study the biopsychosocial aspects of health and illness. You will explore the evidence base for psychological and behavioural change interventions in mental and physical health, and will cover advanced research methodology and statistics.

You will acquire basic counselling skills and knowledge of various therapeutic approaches, in particular cognitive behaviour therapy.

You will also consider professional issues and current debates in ethics and diversity relevant to practitioners and researchers in mental health, and will learn how to apply ethical principles in both your research and via real or hypothetical clinical case studies.

The dissertation will provide you with the opportunity for detailed and advanced study of a chosen area in clinical applications of psychology, which will enable further development of your practical research skills.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes other qualifications we'll consider.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929