MSc in Clinical Psychology

United Arab Emirates University

Program Description

MSc in Clinical Psychology

United Arab Emirates University

The Department of Psychology & counseling offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. The need for qualified clinicians and mental health professionals to serve the community necessitated the establishment of this program. The Master of Science program is designed to provide proper training for Masters level psychologists to work in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, public agencies, and private practice. It also provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing advanced doctoral studies. The program focuses on the field of clinical psychology. The curriculum is structured to enable students pursue a plan of study to assure increased professional competence and breadth of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology. This program requires 39 semester hours of study, including two practicum courses (600 clock hours) of supervised practicum experience in an approved mental health or rehabilitation setting.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with advanced knowledge of current developments in clinical psychology.
  2. To train students on the application of clinical knowledge to solve psychological problems.
  3. To train students to act independently in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.
  4. To enable students to communicate clinical issues and conclusions clearly to all parties involved.
  5. To provide students with knowledge that enables them to conduct clinical research under minimal supervision.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate clinical knowledge that is culturally sound and relevant to professional and ethical practices in the field of mental health.
  2. Conduct proper psychological assessment.
  3. Diagnose successfully clients’ clinical problems using DSM/ ICD.
  4. Create suitable treatment plans for diverse psychological disorders.
  5. Apply therapeutic skills to help clients (individuals and groups) overcome their psychological disorders.
  6. Communicate comprehensive and understandable psychological reports to all parties involved.
  7. Apply appropriate methodology to conduct research in clinical psychology.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum 39 hours

Admission: Fall and Spring Classes begin: fall, usually

Language of Instruction: English

Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in psychology or a related field from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0ona4.0 scale or equivalent, in all undergraduate work.
  3. A score of at least 6.0 on the ILETS Academic exam or equivalent. This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions: A. A native speaker of English who has completed his/her undergraduate education in an English-medium institution and in a country where English is the official language; or B. An applicant with an undergraduate degree from an English-medium institution who can provide evidence of acquiring a minimum TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test, or its equivalent, at the time of admission to his/her undergraduate program.

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

  1. An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent.
  2. An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5 or its equivalent.

Program Requirements:

Required Courses 33 Credit Hours Elective Courses 6 Credit Hours

A. Required Courses (33 Credit-hours):

First Semester

  • PSY521 Advanced Clinical Psychology 3 CH
  • PSY523 Advanced Psychopathology 3 CH
  • PSY529 Advanced Behavioral Statistics 3 CH
  • PSY527 Intellectual Assessment 4 CH

Second Semester:

  • PSY522 Cross-cultural Issues 2 CH
  • PSY524 Personality Self-report Measures 4 CH
  • PSY526 Child and Family Therapy 3 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523
  • PSY528 Psychotherapy: Theories & Techniques 3 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523

Third Semester

  • PSY631 Internship I 2 CH; prerequisites: PSY526,PSY528
  • PSY633 Scientific and Professional Ethics 2 CH

Fourth Semester

  • PSY634 Internship II 2 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523
  • PSY632 Health Psychology 2 CH; Prerequisites: PSY521, PSY523

B. Elective Courses (6 Credit-hours)

  • Second Semster
  • PSY629 Individual Tests (Children 3 CH
  • PSY623 Neuropsychology 3 CH
  • PSY621 Research Design Methods 3 CH
  • PSY624 Personality Performance-based Measures 3 CH

Fourth Semester:

  • PSY622 Seminar in Mental Health 3 CH
  • PSY626 Psychopharmacology 3 CH
  • PSY628 Master’s Thesis (6) 3 CH

Contact Information

  1. email: Dr. Abdalla Hamid
  2. email: Dr. Amber Haque
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 23, 2017
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