Taught course

Applied Clinical Psychology

University of Bath · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Your degree must be recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as providing Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).

If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology, we will consider applicants who have successfully completed a BPS accredited Masters conversion degree.

In your application, you will need to provide a max. 500 word personal statement which should explain

(a) why you are interested in studying for an MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology and the interests and skills you particularly hope to develop on the course and

(b) your research experience to date. As part of (b) you could describe key research teaching and assignments you have completed, your undergraduate dissertation project, or any research posts you have held. Please explain the skills and knowledge you have particularly gained from your research experience that you would bring to an MSc programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain foundation knowledge in clinical psychology theory and practice

As part of this MSc, you will gain an up-to-date knowledge of clinical psychology theory and practice, including research. You will study different ways of understanding mental health problems in adults and children, and share insights into relevant theories and the latest practice models applicable to the UK.

You will be introduced to the foundation skills of clinical psychology practice, including interviewing, observation and psychometric assessment.

You will also learn about research in healthcare, looking at issues such as research design, governance and ethical considerations before going on to conduct your own piece of research.

Studying clinical psychology at Bath means you will be joining our leading Department of Psychology. The research interests of our members span a broad range of clinically relevant topics, including ageing, common mental health problems, psychosis, autism, eating disorders, persistent physical symptoms, child maltreatment and trauma amongst others.

Learn from experts in the field

You’ll learn from experts in clinical psychology, as well as staff in the wider Department of Psychology community. Their passion, knowledge, experience and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience.

Use specialist facilities

The Department of Psychology is located in a new £30 million building.

You’ll be able to use this space for your seminars, group meetings and computer work. The building contains advanced psychology research facilities, including:

As an MSc Applied Clinical Psychology student, you’ll have access to an independent workspace in 10 West. This contains PCs and working spaces.

Gain important career skills

This course is intended for psychology graduates interested in careers as practitioners or researchers. It will also appeal to current health service professionals with a degree in psychology or a related discipline, who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge.

We provide comprehensive support for finding and preparing for graduate positions, placements, internships, and varied employment opportunities. This includes CV writing workshops, interview preparation and professional skills training. All of these skills will help to make you more suitable for employers and further postgraduate programmes.

You will leave this course with:

  • excellent research skills that can be applied to primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings
  • foundation knowledge of clinical psychology approaches, theories and models
  • a strong foundation for further postgraduate training in clinical psychology or work as an assistant psychologist

Graduate prospects

Studying this course will set you up with the knowledge and professional skills required to move into a range of health service and research careers. It is particularly good preparation for work as an Assistant Psychologist, and a foundation for further postgraduate training or research in clinical psychology.

Recent graduates of this course have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles, including:

  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Research Assistant

At organisations, such as:

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Foundation NHS Trust
  • University of the West of England
  • Oxfordshire Mind
  • Tees, Esk, Wear and Valleys NHS Trust
  • Elysium Healthcare

Many graduates have also gone on to become PhD students or to study the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at different universities, including the University of Bath.

This course is not professionally accredited and will not provide you with a licence to practise.

Fees and funding

See our website for funding information.

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

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