Taught course

Foundations of Clinical Psychology

University of Aberdeen · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or first MA or BSc BPS accredited Psychology Degree (or overseas equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a 2:2 BPS Psychology Degree may be considered. Relevant experience will be an advantage.

Months of entry


Course content

Increasing numbers of psychology graduates are looking to pursue a career in clinical psychology and related areas. Accessing job and training opportunities is highly competitive. Our masters programme in Foundations of Clinical Psychology will increase your knowledge, skills, experience and confidence when applying for highly competitive Assistant Psychologist posts, Clinical Associate Training, the Doctoral Qualification in Clinical Psychology, clinical psychology research posts or related positions*.

You will learn from practising and academic psychologists who will provide training on theoretical and applied aspects of clinical psychology. Courses include key issues and debates in clinical psychology, clinical psychology across the lifespan (core and specialist areas), introducing core clinical skills, ethical and professional issues and clinical research methods. Carrying out a substantial clinical project will enable students to apply some of these skills. Each clinical project is typically co-supervised by a practitioner psychologist and is often rooted in local clinical services, for example, carrying out a service evaluation of a treatment group.

This programme is aimed at psychology graduates looking to pursue a professional career in clinical psychology, clinical PhD/research or other careers in healthcare, social care and charity sectors working with people experiencing a range of mental health problems.

*The Masters in Foundations of Clinical Psychology is a foundation course, not a professional qualification. Completion of this degree cannot guarantee successful applications to further training or posts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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