- One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
- Top third ranking for UK Psychology Departments (2016 Complete University Guide)
- Joint 12th UK ranking for Psychology (Graduate prospects)
Teaching and Employability:
- State-of-the-art technology, with over 20 general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
- Majority of teaching carried out by practicing and/or qualified Clinical Psychologists and related professionals
- Unique range of modules offered
- Proven track record of assisting students' progression towards clinical psychology training as well as range of clinical mental health-related occupational roles
- Numerous NHS clinical based placements secured, providing valuable experience on the journey to becoming a Clinical Psychologist.
This Masters degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology aims to provide a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology within healthcare settings and prepares students for professional clinical training.
Clinical psychology focuses on the challenges faced by people with clinical, mental or physical (neuropsychological) health conditions. The role of the clinical psychologist is to work with these individuals and attempt to improve their quality of life.
This course will greatly enhance students' suitability for professional clinical training, for example a three year DClin Clinical Psychology programme at a BPS accredited training centre
Entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate training programme is extremely competitive, with candidates usually expected to have acquired training and experience beyond degree level.
The MSc degree provides a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training in clinical psychology, it is largely theory-based and is designed to address core topics in abnormal and clinical psychology.
Clinical training courses also look for evidence of clinical experience with relevant client groups.
Swansea University does not provide this directly, but work experience (paid and voluntary) may be available through the local NHS Psychology Services. Opportunities may also be available locally through independent and private sector organisations (e.g. Mind Cymru, Headway, private rehabilitation services, etc.). These opportunities are regularly advertised and students are supported in making the most of them.
Please note this course does not lead to a clinical qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society.
The one year, full-time degree for Abnormal and Clinical psychology requires students to attend the University for two full days a week (normally Monday and Tuesday).
The two-year part-time degree requires students to attend the University for one full day a week.
In the first two semesters taught modules are provided with the research project typically undertaken during the summer months.
On occasion sessions are arranged on other days of the week (e.g. when visiting clinician talks/ workshops or employability sessions).
Teaching is done via group sessions with practical classes provided on research and design topics. These will be assessed via written course work and a written examination.
Who should apply to this course
This course is suitable for:
- UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists (both in the UK and abroad) as part of their journey towards becoming a BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist
- Psychology graduates aiming to work in related fields of applied psychology and other areas of clinical mental health
- Healthcare and other clinical professionals looking to expand their understanding of particular areas of abnormal and clinical psychology
- Psychology graduates who have relevant work experience to apply for further clinical training, but who need to enhance their academic and research skills
- Psychology graduates looking to complete a PhD by Research in a clinically applied area