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Mental health is perhaps the best recognised area of healthcare where clinical psychology has a major role in the provision of clinical services. This can be through direct provision of psychological care (assessment, formulation, therapy, evaluation) and through indirect contributions through the application of psychological concepts and methods within multidisciplinary services.
Our distance learning MSc in Psychology is aimed at healthcare professionals who want to gain new knowledge and skills in this area application of psychology within clinical settings through online psychology courses. This master's in Applied Clinical Psychology will give healthcare professionals a better understanding of how psychological knowledge, principles and methods can be applied within clinical practice. This course is also suited for psychology graduates wanting to undertake online psychology courses and those who wish to undertake a relevant postgraduate course, prior to applying for a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts
University of Gibraltar
Commitment Part-time Exit Points PgDip 12 Months Class Size 15 - 20
15 - 20
15th August 2022
Course start date 12th September 2022 (view full module dates) Format 100% Online
Course start date
12th September 2022 (view full module dates)
(payment plans available)
This online MSc in Clinical Psychology is specially developed for busy health professionals and is practical and clinically focused. It will give you a better understanding of the role of psychology within healthcare settings, allowing you to apply your knowledge of clinical psychology to your clinical practice.
The Applied Clinical Psychology MSc degree course aims to:
- Equip the individual with a broad understanding of clinical psychology, skills in critical appraisal and application of knowledge for direct patient benefit/service development and future study.
- Equip students with life-long learning and advanced problem-solving skills that they can apply to clinical practice in clinical psychology.
- Enable graduates to demonstrate the ability to lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of psychologically informed health care.
- Enable graduates to confidently work in teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
- Enable graduates to critically evaluate the delivery of psychological care to patients/service users.
- Equip students with a systematic understanding of evidence-based psychological interventions.
- Enable graduates to use relevant understanding, methodologies and approaches to address complex issues of clinical care across the spectrum of healthcare specialties caring for patients with psychological needs.
- Equip students with the ability to critically evaluate evidence and guidance for clinical psychology and implement best practice and innovation in complex patient scenarios.
- Develop skills in leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.
- Extend student knowledge of research methods and application to practice.
- Extend the scope of practice by exploring a professional subject area in more depth utilising knowledge gained in the previous modules.
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Next intake: 2022 September Key Facts
University of Gibraltar
15 - 20
15th August 2022
Course start date
12th September 2022 (view full module dates)
£8,880 (payment plans available)
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Who is this course for?
Our Applied Clinical Psychology online course is aimed at healthcare professionals who want to gain new knowledge and skills in the application of psychology within clinical settings. This course will give healthcare professionals a better understanding of how psychological knowledge, principles and methods can be applied within clinical practice through online psychology courses.
This clinical psychology master's degree is also suited for psychology graduates wanting to undertake online psychology courses and distance learning master's. This may be of particular interest to aspiring Clinical Psychologists, including those who are seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists, Research Assistants and those who wish to undertake a relevant postgraduate course, prior to applying for a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
To qualify as a Clinical Psychologist within the UK, you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with an accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Further information about careers in Clinical Psychology are available via the British Psychological Society (BPS) website.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
The Applied Clinical Psychology MSc is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from 6, 6 week 20 credit modules taken in the first year. The second year of the Applied Clinical Psychology Masters course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the context, definitions and models underpinning the profession of clinical psychology. The module will enable students to understand training routes to enter the profession and range of roles and clinical settings that clinical psychologists work within. The module also aims to introduce distinctive features, key concepts and debates that have shaped the development of clinical psychology.
- Definitions, history, scientist-practitioner model
- Training routes, roles and clinical settings
- Supervision, reflective practice and self-care
- Models of mental health
- Trauma & attachment
- Cultural and social perspectives, equality, diversity and inclusion
- Critically explore the application of psychological sciences in relation to clinical psychology.
- Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the development and context of clinical psychology.
To develop students’ understanding of clinical skills and their relevance and use in clinical psychology.
- Engagement & motivation, goal setting
- Interviewing skills
- Clinical assessment
- Risk assessment and management
- Treatment selection, planning and evaluation
- Critically evaluate a variety of clinical skills and examine their application, use and relevance within clinical psychology.
- Critically appraise the delivery of psychological care in varying clinical settings/conditions.
- Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the processes, principles and levels of formulation.
- To enable students to understand the application of a range of psychological therapies used in clinical practice.
- To develop an understanding of how core psychological knowledge and skills can enable practitioners to select, and, if necessary to adapt and combine therapeutic approaches.
- Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies
- Dynamic and Relational therapies
- Systemic & Family Therapies
- 3rd wave and specialised therapies
- What works for whom, and why
- Formulation and treatment planning using different models
- Critically analyse the principles and methods underpinning therapeutic approaches commonly used within clinical psychology.
- Develop critical appraisal and formulation skills that will enable students to develop treatment plans by selecting, adapting or integrating therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of individual clients.
- This module aims to familiarise students with the clinical psychology of common mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
- To introduce students to the psychology of common life experiences and psychological factors that can underlie or contribute to a range of mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
- Anxiety – panic and phobias
- Anxiety – social and health anxiety, OCD
- Depression (unipolar)
- PTSD (type 1)
- Adversity, attachment, adjustment, and grief
- Self-esteem, perfectionism, self-criticism, shame and compassion
- Critically appraise psychological perspectives and treatment approaches for common mental health difficulties.
- Critically appraise the roles of key transdiagnostic factors in common mental health difficulties.
- To familiarise students with the clinical psychology of severe and complex mental health difficulties.
- To enable students to understand a range of psychological perspectives that may assist clinicians in intervening to help people with severe and complex mental health difficulties across the lifespan.
- Psychosis and At Risk Mental States
- Bipolar/extreme mood states
- Personality disorders
- Complex trauma & dissociation
- Transdiagnostic perspectives
- Working with severe conditions within complex systems
- Critically appraise psychological perspectives on severe and complex mental health difficulties.
- Analyse, synthesise and assess the implications of psychological perspectives on severe and complex mental health difficulties for clinicians and service providers.
To explore the application of clinical psychology across a range of specialist settings and clinical presentations.
- Clinical health psychology
- Forensic clinical psychology
- Addictions and Eating Disorders
- Learning disabilities, autism & neurodiversity
- TBI and neuropsychological rehabilitation
- Critically apply clinical psychology knowledge and skills to a range of clinical presentations.
- Analyse, synthesise and consider the process of applying psychological principles and methods to complex and/or unfamiliar situations.
Aims of the module:
To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.
Synopsis of the module content:
- Quantitative Studies
- Statistical Analysis Interpretation
- Interpreting the Evidence
- Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
- Qualitative Studies
- Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
- Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
- Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
- Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.
Aims of the module:
- To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
- To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
- To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
- To develop skills in independent research and study.
- To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Synopsis of module content:
The module will depend on formulating the question and the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinical psychology related project relevant to the person's practice.
This project may comprise:
- Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
- Clinical audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
- Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
- Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
- Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
- Secondary data analysis.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Design and undertake research and development projects related to clinical psychology in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
- Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change in a clinical psychology setting.
- Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing clinical psychology services appropriately.
The Applied Clinical Psychology MSc course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The first seven modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.
For the final module of the course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.
To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.
Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
- Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
- Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
- These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.
For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.
- Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
- Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:
- Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
- Module and/or personal learning objectives.
- Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
- Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
- A description of what has been learned during the module.
This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.
Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.
Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.
- Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
- Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
- Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
- Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
- All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.
Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree or in Psychology.
Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification. Duolingo is also accepted, as long as your score is above 95 per component.*
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can contact our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
*Please note that those who provide their proof of English proficiency through Duolingo will receive £50 off their final course payment. This discount is applied after payment of your deposit is received.
Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2022:
Application deadline - 15th August 2022
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|1st September 2023||£650|
|1st November 2023||£650|
|1st January 2024||£650|
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Distance MSc in Psychology is one of the courses offered by IGNOU by the School of Sciences to interested students in online and distance modes of education. The minimum duration of a distance MSc in Psychology is 2 years and the maximum duration is 5 years.
- Osmania University.
- Chandigarh University.
- Nalanda Open University.
- Jamia Millia Islamia University.
- Ambedkar University of Delhi.
- Amity University.
An MSc degree is likely to be more focused on research and the sciences, while an MA may be more focused on the arts and humanities aspects of psychology.
The basic eligibility for pursuing admission to MSc Psychology program, candidates must hold a BA or B.Sc. Psychology degree from a recognized university with an aggregate of at least 50% marks. However, students holding any other degree such as Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), BA Sociology, B.Sc.
Yes, the degree of MA specialized in Psychology subject pursued through IGNOU is valid and recognized by the University Grant Commission and Distance Education Bureau.
IGNOU offers a Master of Science in Psychology as one of its postgraduate degree programmes. This course is developed specifically for students who are interested in psychology and wish to pursue a career in the field. IGNOU's MSc Psychology programme lasts two years and is broken into four semesters.
Yes, BSc Psychology from distance college is valid if you are pursuing the course from a recognized university such as IGNOU, etc universities. If you are a working professional, a distance BSc Psychology degree will help you to enhance your job profile.
Studying an Open University qualification in psychology is excellent preparation for further or postgraduate study and career progression. Psychology is relevant to careers in: Psychotherapy or counselling. Policing, prison and probation work.
The M.A. (Psychology) degree programme is being offered by the School of Social Sciences of IGNOU. Psychology is the field of study that deals with human and animal behaviour. Psychology as an area of knowledge has found its application in various fields like health, industries, sports, military, forensic and so on.
There isn't much difference between a MA and MSc degree in psychology, at least in India. You can pursue MSc even after BA and MA after BSc in psychology. It is said that MSc focuses more on the cognitive and research aspect while MA approaches the subject more as a social science.
Students holding an MSc in Psychology degree can work in consulting with top corporate executives and they can also work as a medical counsellor in hospitals. Social Service and Mental Health Career are two of the most popular career options for Psychology graduates.
An MA is a terminal degree
A terminal degree is usually the highest type of degree that an individual can receive in his or her field. While an MSc is usually a degree that prepares students for working on doctoral degrees,” writes Nikita Das for Eduopinions.com.
To be a Psychiatrist you will first have to complete your MBBS, followed by an M.D. in Psychiatry. Thus, a total of 7.5 years of study (5.5 years of MBBS + 2 years of M.D.) are required. To build a career as a Psychologist, you need to have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology followed by a Master's degree in Psychology.
Qualification Required- Candidates must graduate in any background from a recognized university. There may be colleges which only accept those who have a bachelor's degree in Psychology.
A bachelor's degree offers the best pathway to a variety of psychology careers. Graduates may take positions in social and community services, human resources, and rehabilitation services or pursue employment in non-psychological fields such as business, criminal justice, and education.
Is someone with an MA in psychology from IGNOU, eligible for RCI registration? No, but you are eligible to get admission at RCI recognized institutes.
education and 15.61% got promotion. Most of the students (40.9%) utilised IGNOU degree for other purpose, which they have not specified. education and 14.2% got job.
After finishing your MA/MSc in Psychology, you can proceed to become a registered psychologist. For that, you'll need to do an additional two-year MPhil course in Psychology from an institute recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). This is a purely professional course that entails hands-on training.
To become a registered clinical psychologist in India you need to take a licence from Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). Course mentioned below are approved by RCI and after completion of the any of below course you will get a licence from RCI, and you can start your practice as a Clinical psychologist in India.
The degree from IGNOU University is valid and acceptable in overseas and foreign countries with ease. The robust reason behind IGNOU is a recognized university under UGC and is governmental too. Adding further, the degree from this university is approved by DEC and AICTE as well.
Top Diploma and PG Diploma courses in India include Psychological Medicine, Applied Psychology, PGD in Counselling Psychology. Offered by many Colleges and Universities and can be of 1-2 years of duration.
- AIIMS Delhi - All India Institute of Medical Sciences New. ...
- IGNOU Delhi - Indira Gandhi National Open University. ...
- JMI New Delhi - Jamia Millia Islamia. ...
- SRM University Chennai - SRM Institute of Science and Technology. ...
- MSU Baroda - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
Top private M.A.
Psychology courses are available at a number of private colleges in India.
A candidate can pursue psychology courses online or offline at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, such as BSc Psychology and MSc Psychology. He/she can also go for a diploma programme and certification in psychology, as well as apply for doctoral courses such as MPhil in Psychology.
You could do a Masters in psychology from distance education universities. I recommend IGNOU. They have a good MA Psychology course with specialisation in Clinical, Counselling and Industrial Psychology. Yes, it is possible to become a psychologist in India, without Bachelors degree in psychology.
- IGNOU Delhi - Indira Gandhi National Open University. ...
- JMI New Delhi - Jamia Millia Islamia. ...
- MSU Baroda - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. ...
- Christ University, Bangalore. ...
- LPU Jalandhar - Lovely Professional University. ...
- BHU Varanasi - Banaras Hindu University.
Psychology is one of the more difficult degrees and many of your assignments will require you to cite your sources and will require you to back up a lot of the arguments that you have.
Rs. 18,600/- for full program to be paid year wise @Rs. 9300/- per year.
IGNOU MA Psychology Assignment. 20 July 2022 is the last date for the submission of the IGNOU MAPC assignment for appearing in the June TEE. Students willing to appear in the June 2022 TEE Exam need to upload the assignment of all the concerned subjects by either visiting the authorized study centre of IGNOU.
According to Director Of UPS Education, IGNOU Students can do M. Phil Clinical Psychology from Indian Universities and they will eligible for RCI Licence after completion of M. Phil Clinical Psychology Course. IGNOU Students have limited option but there are options and if you are from IGNOU and passionate to do M.
You can work at a number of government agencies and offices with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Some of the best jobs open to you are Employment Counsellor, Psychology Program Manager, Social Service Manager, Developmental Specialist, and Human Resource Analyst.
Is a clinical psychologist a doctor? Despite the word “clinical,” a clinical psychologist isn't a medical doctor. They usually can't order medical tests, like blood or imaging tests, and they generally can't prescribe medication.
In general, master's degrees in psychology are available as either a Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Arts (MA) in general psychology studies or in a recognized subspecialty of psychology, such as: Clinical neuropsychology. Clinical psychology. School psychology.
Psychiatrist. Psychiatry is one of the highest-paying fields tied to psychology. However, salaries can vary considerably within this field depending upon your specialty area, where you are employed, and the type of work you perform.
An education psychologist can earn up to ₹10,65,343 with the possibility of earning a salary of ₹972,275 – and this doesn't even include bonuses or other perks! Similarly, through private practice, an educational psychologist can stand to earn even more money. This is one of the highest paying psychology jobs in India.
Candidates from all streams i.e. Arts, Science or Commerce are eligible for admission to Psychology courses. Different colleges/Institutes for psychology courses may have their own set of eligibility criteria.
Put simply, an MA (Master of Arts) is usually an arts-based course, while an MSc (Master of Sciences) degree is usually science or research based.
A BSc isn't specifically required for an MSc. You can apply with a BA, provided your undergraduate degree was in an appropriate subject.
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The MSc in Psychology is a conversion route for students who hold an undergraduate Honours degree in a subject other than psychology. The programme provides a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field.
Educational psychologists are concerned with children's learning and development. They use their specialist skills in psychological and educational assessment techniques to help those having difficulties in learning, behaviour or social adjustment.
- MSc Clinical Psychology.
- Master of Psychology.
- MA Counselling Psychology.
- MSc Behavioural Science.
- MSc Developmental Psychopathology.
- MA Developmental Psychology (Research Methods)
- MA Ed Curriculum, Instructional and Educational Psychology.
Am I eligible for a Masters in Psychology? Most university entry requirements ask for at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree to enrol on an MSc Psychology. This can be in any subject – including a psychology degree that wasn't accredited by the BPS.
- Step 1: Study a BPS Accredited Psychology Qualification. ...
- Step 2: Achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. ...
- Step 3: Gain Further Training in the Field of Psychology You Want to Work In.
- A three-year Bachelor's Degree majoring in Psychology or the equivalent thereof.
- An Honours Degree in Psychology.
- A Master's Degree in Psychology approved by the HPCSA.
Becoming an educational psychologist needs years of education, training, skill and experience. It can be a demanding and rigorous process. You have to make it a career goal right from the beginning when you start your higher education.
It used to be possible to make the leap from teaching to educational psychology quite quickly, which explains why many EPs are former teachers. These days it's a longer transition. You generally need a first degree in psychology, after which you have to complete a three-year doctorate programme.