Taught course

Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology (with Clinical or Research placement)

University of Reading · School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above or equivalent in Research methods and Empirical project modules), or equivalent from a university outside of the UK. Your undergraduate degree should be in psychology.

Clinical experience is not required, however, an understanding of the realities of clinical work is highly desirable.

For the clinical placement option, we would encourage you to gain voluntary or paid work in a community, clinical, or clinical-academic setting prior to applying, subject to circumstance and availability. For the research placement option, paid clinical experience is not required but highly desirable.

As part of the application process for this programme, you will be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology programme provides you with a sound scientific understanding of the nature of modern clinical psychology, and can prepare you for clinical, educational, health and research careers.

You will be equipped with clinical skills through an extended placement either in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, or one of our clinical partners. Supervision and training will be given to support this placement. Develop your knowledge and understanding of clinical topics, including evidence-based treatments and common mental health problems across the lifespan. You will learn valuable research skills and conduct your own clinically-relevant research. It is intended that graduates of this course will greatly enhance their employability in clinical settings, either in the UK or internationally.

The clinical placement gives experience in one of our working clinics (e.g. Anxiety and Depression in Young People; Centre for Autism; Speech and Language Therapy) or with local NHS and private partners. The clinical placement programme is for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of working with clients further.

The research placement gives experiences within a broad range of research placements relevant to clinical psychology which often involve clinical populations. The research placement programme is aimed at students who wish to study applied psychology and undertake a placement to develop their research skills.

Overall, 99% of graduates from Psychology are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation; of those in full-time employment, 96% are in graduate-level roles. (Based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2022, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20; includes postgraduate [taught] Psychology responders)

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.5

Fees and funding

UK students
£12,100 per year (full-time)
International students
£25,800 per year (full-time)

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

Global recruitment team