Taught course

Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in psychology or another appropriate discipline. It is not essential to have studied clinical and abnormal psychology at undergraduate level to apply for this course. A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or a research passport may be required for completion of the dissertation element of this course. Assistance will be given by the University for DBS checks and applications for research passports.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour.

As well as modules that will develop knowledge of the aetiology and treatment of a range of psychological disorders and abnormal behaviours, this programme includes a substantial research element.

You will receive extensive training in research methods via a postgraduate statistics module and will complete a postgraduate dissertation in a related topic. Links with a number of agencies and the University of South Wales’ Psychology Clinic means that suitable students should have the opportunity for access to client groups in order to complete an applied dissertation.

We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, the University of South Wales has recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

The MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology draws on the research and applied expertise of psychologists in the fields of developmental, clinical, health, sports and forensic psychology. You will learn about a wide range of developmental disorders including autism and conduct disorder, as well as dependence issues such as alcohol addiction and eating disorders. You will also explore interventions such as pharmacological and behavioural treatments, as well as research on depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

You will study 180 credits comprising of the following modules:

  • Postgraduate Research Methods and Statistics (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Psychopathology through the lifespan (20 credits)
  • Interventions (20 credits)
  • Addiction, dependence and deviance (20 credits)
  • Current and historical perspectives on psychopathology (20 credits)

The programme is delivered via a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some of these sessions will be led by members of the teaching team and some by external experts in clinical psychology practice. Further there will be student-led sessions and some delivery will take place online.

A range of assessment methods will be used, including examinations, essays, a systematic literature review, a research protocol, case study analysis, portfolios and the dissertation, which will be completed in the form of an article ready for publication in an appropriate journal.

While completion of this programme will not qualify you to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK, nor guarantee acceptance onto a DClinPsy course; the skills that you will develop should enhance your applications for professional training programmes, assistant psychologist posts, or research assistant posts in clinical settings.

Information for international students

The course welcomes international applicants with appropriate undergraduate qualifications and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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