This course is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology and the organisational and social context of clinical psychology services. It aims to provide you with the academic skills to undertake research in a clinical setting and the experience of working within a mental health setting through six-month placements with a local clinical psychologist.

The course team consists of clinical practitioners and academics who have considerable experience working with or researching the people who access clinical psychology services across the UK.

What will you study?

The MSc Psychology in Clinical Practice consists of 180 credits completed within one academic year and each module in the course is compulsory. You will undertake a clinical research and practice placement alongside a range of taught modules.

Modules may include:

  • Practice Placement and Clinical Research Project;
  • Professional Clinical Practice;
  • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics;
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis;
  • Mixed Methods;
  • Using Psychometric Scales in Research and Practice Clinical Psychology: Theory into Practice Clinical Psychology: The Self, Services and Society.

For more information about the modules, you may study on this course visit


The University has made a significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a dedicated teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

In addition, there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

  • social interaction, group work and interviewing;
  • computer gaming and cyberpsychology;
  • eye-tracking;
  • cognitive modelling and visual analysis;
  • psychophysiology.

Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.


The assessment methods include:

  • practical reports;
  • assessed essays;
  • examinations;
  • oral presentations;
  • a reflective practice diary;
  • a clinical research project.


The course will be of particular interest to psychology graduates seeking to pursue a career in clinical psychology via doctoral training programmes (DClinPsy). Admission onto such programmes is highly competitive, and completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate that you have both the academic grounding and experience of clinical research to be in a favourable position to pursue either training or further work as an assistant psychologist.

Graduates might also consider alternative careers in healthcare and health research – either within core health providers such as the NHS or within academic departments locally or internationally.

Please note that this course does not provide training for you to become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Further training is required for this role.

The course has been designed by academic staff with experience in clinical psychology within the NHS and with the training of clinical psychologists, and also with ongoing clinical work in local mental health services. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – the largest provider of mental health services in the UK – has been alongside the University in the formative stages of the course development, and have maintained an interest in ensuring the employability potential of graduates from the course.

Fees and funding

To find out information about fees and possible funding opportunities visit

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

See 11 more programs offered by Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences »

Last updated May 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
1 - 1 year
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date