School of Psychology, Bangor University

Clinical and Health Psychology MSc

Course facts

  • Name: Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Duration: This course can be completed in one or two years, depending whether you take on full-time or part-time status. The course takes a full calendar year, as Semester III is dedicated to the analyses and writing of the thesis. Classes and meetings occur during working hours 5 days a week.

Contact us

More detailed information is available on our website and from the Admissions Secretary: phone 01248 382629. If, having reviewed this information, you find that you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, you may e-mail the Course Director at psychology@bangor.ac.uk.

Clinical psychology involves applying psychological understanding to difficulties connected with mental or physical health problems. Using this understanding, clinical psychologists assess and treat people of all ages and ability levels who are experiencing psychological distress, behavioural problems or related issues. Students taking the MSc in Foundations of Clinical Psychology will be introduced to the theory and knowledge that underpins effective practice in clinical psychology, will explore this in relation to a range of conditions, will gain an understanding of the range of research methods used by clinical psychologists, and will conduct their own research project in a relevant area.

Read the course leaflet.

How the course can further your career progression

This course will be of particular interest to:

  • graduates in psychology who are aiming for a career in clinical psychology and who do not yet have relevant work experience. Completing the MSc provides a sound basis for obtaining employment as an assistant psychologist and later gaining entry to clinical training.
  • graduates in psychology who are aiming for a career in clinical psychology and who have already gained relevant work experience. Completing the MSc course provides evidence of academic and research skills, which is valuable when making applications for clinical training.
  • graduates in psychology or closely related disciplines who are keen to pursue research in the area of clinical psychology. The MSc course is accredited as providing an appropriate research training for those wishing to progress to a PhD or to employment in a research post.
  • qualified health professionals with an appropriate academic background who wish to extend their understanding of clinical psychology.

Clinical psychology training in the UK involves the completion of a three-year training programme leading to a doctorate in clinical psychology and eligibility to apply for chartered clinical psychologist status. The training is funded by the National Health Service (NHS) and almost all trainees go on to work in the NHS after qualifying. Entry to these programmes is highly competitive and applicants must have good academic and research skills as well as relevant work experience, usually two years in a paid, full-time assistant psychologist position or equivalent. The MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology aims to provide students with a profile of academic knowledge and research skills which, combined with relevant work experience, will equip them to make a credible application for clinical psychology training, either in the UK or elsewhere. The School of Psychology offers both the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology and the MSc Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology; both these courses are equally relevant as a precursor to clinical psychology training.

About the School of Psychology

The School of Psychology at Bangor, which was ranked 7th in the UK for Research Power in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, brings together a large group of outstanding scientists with international research reputations in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and clinical and cognitive neuroscience. A number of staff also hold appointments as consultant psychologists or medical consultants with the NHS and contribute to clinical practice as well as to the training of clinical psychologists, medical students and NHS staff. The School runs its own clinical psychology training programme, leading to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Key research strengths within the clinical psychology domain include dementia, neuropsychology and rehabilitation, learning disability, developmental disorders, addictions, and cognitive-behavioural approaches. Close links with other departments and with NHS services produce tremendous opportunities for collaborative clinical psychology research. The School supports the practical implementation of research findings to improve patient care by hosting groups such as the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales.

The School has an extensive library of psychological tests and measures. Participant recruitment is facilitated through the availability of research panels for neurological patients and people with dementia, as well as student and community participation panels, supported by the School’s full-time patient co-ordinator. The School has a range of specialist laboratories and researchers in the School use a wide range of the latest techniques for understanding brain-behaviour relationships, including functional brain mapping with event related potentials (ERP), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

The School has a vibrant, diverse postgraduate community. Students on our MSc programmes are drawn from a range of backgrounds and nationalities. The School is known for its friendly and informal atmosphere, which combined with excellent facilities helps to ensure that studying here is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Course Structure

The course includes three components: content modules, research methods modules, and a research thesis. Content and methods modules are all 20 credit modules and the research thesis is worth 60 credits. Students achieving 120 credits on the taught modules, but not completing a research thesis, may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

The content modules are designed to provide an in-depth look at theory, evidence and practice in clinical psychology.

View the Foundations of Clinical Psychology modules.

The course lasts one full calendar year if taken full-time and is also available part-time. During Semester 1 and Semester 2 you will combine taught modules with work on your research project. During the summer period all your time is devoted to completing and writing up the research project.

A variety of teaching approaches are used including lectures, case presentations, small-group sessions and seminars, and individual or group supervision. Assessment will include coursework and examinations, and the research thesis.

Academic staff

The course is organised and taught by staff within the School of Psychology.

Course director:

Dr Lee Hogan

Module organisers, lecturers and research supervisors include:

Dr Michaela Swales

Professor Oliver Turnbull

Professor Robert Rafal

Dr Maggie Hoerger

Dr Martyn Bracewell

Professor Miles Cox

You can view staff contact details here.

Entry requirements

UK applicants should normally have a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree or a conversion degree in Psychology, with at least 2(ii) or equivalent. Applicants with degrees of an equivalent standard in a closely-related discipline, including qualified health professionals (e.g. clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists) who have relevant clinical experience, will also be considered.

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

How to Apply

Applications are made directly through the Postgraduate Office of Bangor University to the School of Psychology. To download an application form click here.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Bethan Pentith, Postgraduate Admissions Officer on +44 (0)1248 388453 or by emailing psychology@bangor.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Step 1 - Preparing to apply

Home/EU students

International students

International students have two options when applying;

Option 1 - Apply online yourself

Option 2 - Apply online with the help of a recruitment agent

  • If you would like help in completing and managing your application you may seek help from one of our authorised representatives or agents. To see a list of our representatives for your country please visit the Country specific pages.

Step 2 - Apply Online

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you’re unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results.

Need help applying?

Home/EU students please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 388484

International students please contact...

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

Career Prospects

This course will be of particular interest to psychology graduates aiming for a career in clinical psychology and who do not yet have relevant work experience. Completing the MSc provides a sound basis for obtaining employment as an assistant psychologist and later gaining entry to clinical training. For graduates who already have relevant work experience the course provides evidence of academic and research skills, which is valuable when making applications for clinical training. It is also an excellent preparation for graduates who are keen to pursue research in the area of clinical psychology and for qualified health professionals with an appropriate academic background who wish to extend their understanding of clinical psychology.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.

Funding

Please see School Page for details.

Why study with the School of Psychology?

  • REF 2014 saw us ranked 17th (of 82) in the UK with 89% of output either world leading or international excellent. If you want to see how other places you applied to have done FindaPhD have a useful tool here (select Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
  • We are one of only two UK Psychology departments ranked top 20 for research in REF 2014 that are also ranked top 10 for student satisfaction in the 2014 NSS
  • In the 2015 Times Good University Guide we are one of only 3 depts. ranked in the top 10 for Research Quality and Student Satisfaction (we are also 1 of only 3 depts. to appear in the top 20 when Graduate Prospects is added to the mix)
  • We are ranked 18th overall (out of 110 UK Psychology Depts.) by the 2015 Times Good University Guide
  • Ranked within the top 100 Psychology departments world wide by the 2013 QS World University Rankings
  • In the National Student Survey Bangor Psychology currently has a score of 96% for 'Student Satisfaction', making us No.1 in Wales and in the top 10 in the UK. It is also worth noting we are higher than the UK average in every single component of the NSS!
  • One of the largest UK Schools of Psychology with over 1200 students and one of the oldest having been established in 1963
  • A fantastic quality of life set between the mountains and the sea
  • Bangor is easily accessible with a three hour car journey taking you to Birmingham, Leeds or even Carlisle
  • Bangor is a friendly, safe city whose nightlife is dominated by the influx of over 11,000 students
  • Bangor University was ranked in the global top 100 most international universities by the Times Higher Education magazine in 2015
  • The Green Metric 2014 World Ranking places Bangor 28th overall (8th in UK) in terms of our 'Green' credentials

Other Courses

Site footer