Taught course

Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in psychology or a closely related subject such as neuroscience

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides a thorough grounding in research training relevant to clinical psychology and a broad understanding of mental-health service provision.

This research-orientated MSc focuses not only on equipping you with advanced research skills but also emphasises the importance of research evidence and the ability to assess this critically and constructively.

This MSc is aimed at graduates eventually seeking a place on a DClin Psych clinical training degree and at existing professionals in other health-related disciplines. It is run in conjunction with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A wide range of staff and guest lecturers, including local practitioners, teach on this MSc, with our faculty having research strengths in psychopathology and clinical psychology.


The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.

Applications deadline

Note that the deadline for applying is 31 March 2016.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that enable you to gain knowledge and skills in key areas of clinical psychology and mental health, including:

  • four subject-specific modules (60 credits), two in the autumn term and two in the spring term, covering topics such as contemporary issues in clinical psychology, clinical skills and treatment models
  • four modules in research methods and data analysis (60 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research approaches used in this field, including specialist techniques in clinical research skills and a range of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area or a research clinician from Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment30

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 876638