Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Applied Clinical Psychology

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Essential Criteria

You should have a minimum of an Upper Second class honours degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC: or an equivalent International professional body). The reason for restricting entry to those with GBC is that the course is intended as a gateway to a doctoral training programme in clinical psychology, for which GBC is required. If you have a Lower Second Class honours degree in Psychology you may be considered for a place on the course providing you can demonstrate strengths in both Research Methods and Statistics, and clinical psychology or related subject areas.

Desirable Criteria

In addition to the minimum entry requirements, our decision to accept you onto the course will be based on your overall suitability for the course. Specifically, successful applicants should be able to:

  1. demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, a career in clinical psychology, and
  2. evidence reflection on relevant work experience or research in relation to the discipline. It may be possible to use existing work experience to fulfill the optional placement component of the course.

Therefore, if relevant to your application, you may wish to include brief details (approximately 50-100 words) of any organisations or individuals that might be able to provide a placement opportunity.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Overview

The MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology has been specifically designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in core theoretical, methodological, and empirical areas of clinical psychology. This programme is aimed at graduates who wish to strengthen their academic credentials in preparation for a career in clinical psychology and is taught by academics/research experts in their field, HCPC Registered Psychologists, clinicians across a wide range of specialities, and service users and/or carers. You will also have the opportunity to undertake and be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement.

With one day of teaching (Tuesdays), delivery is designed to support those with full-time jobs or family commitments, and full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) study options are available.

Advanced research skills and competencies are developed further through a project supported by an experienced researcher within the programme team, where you will be given the opportunity to apply your skills to a relevant topic in clinical psychology.

The applied focus of the course places a key emphasis on supporting placement opportunities for our students; with staff assisting you in finding a suitable placement, and ensuring you work on a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., service evaluation)*. The course also targets your development of applied skills through embedding your core knowledge directly into clinical contexts within role play and case study review. A critical area in your skill development will be working on developing your competence in reflection and clinical communication, learning how to adapt your style for different client groups. You will also be encouraged to explore applied approaches in specialized areas such as neuropsychological assessment.

From the very beginning our course has embedded service user/carer perspectives from course development, through to delivery and assessment. This is supported by UCLan’s service user/carer team (Comensus), made up of individuals who use their own personal narratives from a wide range of psychological and neurological difficulties. They will support you in exploring your involvement in a range of services, and they will share their experiences with you in a safe, supportive environment.

Work experience

If you wish to undertake a placement will be assisted in finding a clinically relevant placement. Placements may be in the private sector, third sector, or NHS. Examples include mental health and counselling services; or substance abuse, dementia and homeless charities. You will undertake a project that is relevant to clinical psychology (e.g., audit, service evaluation, or psychoeducational work) and the work will be agreed prior to the start of the placement. The placement module can also be undertaken by students already in employment in an appropriate setting (e.g., as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS).

Information for international students

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent qualifications.

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,000 (UK/EU)

£1,000 tuition fee discount for UCLan alumni (full-time study) . 20% tuition fee discount for UCLan alumni (part-time study).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
01772 892400