Taught course

Psychology in Clinical Practice

Nottingham Trent University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You will need a BPS-recognised undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology or an equivalent qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant experience and theoretical knowledge and the ability to study at the required academic level. English language requirements for international students can be found on our website. You will need to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure) which includes proof of identity. Due to the limited number of places available on this course an application deadline is in place. Please visit the NTU website for further information.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology and the organisational and social context of clinical psychology services. It aims to provide you with the academic skills to undertake research in a clinical setting and the experience of working within a mental health setting through six-month placements with a local clinical psychologist.

The course team consists of clinical practitioners and academics who have considerable experience working with or researching the people who access clinical psychology services across the UK.


The MSc Psychology in Clinical Practice consists of 180 credits completed within one academic year and each module in the course is compulsory. You will undertake a clinical research and practice placement alongside a range of taught modules.

Modules may include:

  • Practice Placement and Clinical Research Project.
  • Clinical Psychology: Professional Practice.
  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics.
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis.
  • Mixed Methods.
  • Using Psychometric Scales in Research and Practice.
  • Clinical Psychology: Theory into Practice.
  • Clinical Psychology: The Self, Services and Society.

For more information about the modules you may study on this course visit the website.


The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a dedicated teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

  • social interaction, group work and interviewing;
  • computer gaming and cyberpsychology;
  • eye-tracking;
  • cognitive modelling and visual analysis;
  • psychophysiology.

Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.


The assessment methods include:

  • practical reports;
  • assessed essays;
  • examinations;
  • oral presentations;
  • a reflective practice diary;
  • a clinical research project.


The course will be of particular interest to psychology graduates seeking to pursue a career in clinical psychology via doctoral training programmes (DClinPsy). Admission onto such programmes is highly competitive, and completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate that you have both the academic grounding and experience of clinical research to be in a favourable position to pursue either training or further work as an assistant psychologist.

Graduates might also consider alternative careers in healthcare and health research – either within core health providers such as the NHS or within academic departments locally or internationally.

Please note that this course does not provide training for you to become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Further training is required for this role.

The course has been designed by academic staff with experience in clinical psychology within the NHS and with the training of clinical psychologists, and also with ongoing clinical work in local mental health services. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – the largest provider of mental health services in the UK – has been alongside the University in the formative stages of the course development, and have maintained an interest in ensuring the employability potential of graduates from the course.

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit: Scholarships and loyality schemes.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+ 44 (0)115 848 4460