201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Applied Psychology (Clinical) - University of Reading

Receive specialist clinical training and develop a thorough scientific knowledge of psychology through this four-year course. This course will qualify you for employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) within the NHS, and will provide you with a masters-level qualification. It combines elements of the University's BSc Psychology and the Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments run by the world-renowned Charlie Waller Institute. You will be taught by experts who are passionate about the study of the human mind. Our clinical psychology modules are taught by professional psychologists from our on-site NHS clinics, giving you a direct insight into professional practice and the latest developments in the field. Overall, 100% of our research impact has been recognised as internationally excellent or world class (Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience), which feeds directly into your learning. The first two years will give you a grounding in cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology. You will then cover these subjects in far greater depth during the second year. During the third year you will receive specialist clinical training and carry out a placement within the Talking Therapies department of a Mental Health Trust. This will normally involve conducting assessments and interventions of mild to moderate anxiety and depression under the supervision of NHS staff. The placement is a direct extension of the practical work taught during course modules. Your final year will consist of masters-level modules and enable you to develop your knowledge by exploring your areas of interest in greater depth. Modules are regularly revised in order to incorporate the latest developments in clinical psychology, ensuring your knowledge and skills are always up to date; recent topics include clinical psychology, affective neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology. Should you wish to study abroad, you can spend a term of your final year at a partner institution. Throughout the course you will gain practical experience, and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. During the final year you will carry out an original piece of research on a topic of your choice. You may have the opportunity to present your work at conferences, and a number of past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association. You may also decide to carry our placements during the second year of the course, or during vacations. These can take place at an outside organisation such as a charity, or with one of our in-house NHS clinics. These include anxiety, speech and language therapy, and dementia. Alternatively, you can volunteer as a research assistant on a range of projects within the Department of Psychology. **Careers** This course will provide you with a range of transferable skills, including analytical qualitative abilities, writing experience, presentation skills and the ability to think and analyse scientifically. As a graduate you will be able to work as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) within the NHS. PWPs work with clients who have mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders, and carry out short evidence-based interventions using a variety of techniques. The role was set up to improve access to psychological therapies. Additionally, this MSci is accredited by the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy, providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and allowing you to train to become a professional psychologist. It is an ideal stepping-stone for a D.Clin in psychology or a PhD. You could go on to work for organisations such as the NHS, civil services, schools or charities, or within the private sector in areas such as HR, recruitment, management consultancy, publicity, finance and journalism.

  • Qualification
    Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,815