Why this course?

This course is for those interested in pursuing professional or research training in applied psychology at Doctoral level.

The classes that make up this course have been carefully developed to offer theory, knowledge and practical skills across the areas of clinical, health and neuropsychology, in addition to providing training in research methods.

The knowledge and skills you'll develop will substantially help you if you're aiming to take a PhD in a clinical or health-based area or want to become a Practitioner Psychologist.

You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Single modules can be taken as part of Continuing Professional Development.

You’ll study

Research methods

Three modules covering qualitative and quantitative analyses and common experimental methods.


Four modules covering theoretical issues and practical skills relevant to medical conditions from a clinical, health and neuropsychological perspective.

Professional practice & placement

This module provides you with the professional skills required in a workplace setting. You’ll complete a project linked to a real-world issue in a specific applied setting, for example, a pain clinic.


You’ll complete an individual, supervised research dissertation on a topic related to the course themes.

Work placement

You’ll have the opportunity of a work-based placement, arranged by the MSc team each year.

Typically, these will be available in NHS, academic, government and third sector settings. The placement is usually a consultancy project such as a service/training evaluation, case notes audit, or designing and delivering a stress management intervention.

Empirical project

You’ll undertake a significant empirical project suitable for publication during the MSc. It can take the form of an individual primary study, a secondary data analysis or a formal systematic review or meta-analysis.


We have a number of purpose-built experimental labs and facilities including:

  • Driving Simulator Lab
  • Memory Lab
  • Perception & Action Lab
  • Psychophysiology Lab
  • Psycholinguistics Lab
  • Strathclyde Oculomotor Lab

Guest lectures

Practitioner psychologists contribute to both lectures and seminars throughout the course. For example, you’re introduced to techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing by Health & Care Professionals Councils (HCPC) accredited Practitioner Psychologists.

Entry requirements

  • first or upper second-class Honours degree in Psychology from a UK university
  • or a qualification deemed by the Head of Department, acting on behalf of Senate, to be equivalent
  • in all cases, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of English

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.



  • MSc full-time £6,100
  • MSc part-time £3,050

Rest of UK


  • MSc full-time £6,100
  • MSc part-time £3,050



MSc full-time £16,500

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