Psychology Conversion Course

MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology Subject to validation

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

This MSc programme is provided in collaboration with the Salomons Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, which is part of Canterbury Christ Church University. The MSc is designed for psychology graduates who are considering pursuing training in clinical psychology, and includes the provision of specialised teaching from qualified clinical psychologists.

At the end of the course you will have gained an in-depth knowledge of theory, practice and research in clinical psychology, a discipline that involves the application of the scientific theory and principles of psychology to help in the understanding and alleviation of psychological distress, and in promoting well-being.

The aim is to help prepare you for potentially undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology, or training in other mental health disciplines, and as such the programme is intended to provide a stepping stone towards a rewarding potential career in clinical psychology or mental health.

Clinical psychology has an evidence-based emphasis, with a focus on a scientist-practitioner model and a strong emphasis on research, and the training in research methods on this programme will offer you the opportunity to engage in sophisticated, postgraduate level research in clinically-related areas of psychology.

It should be noted that this MSc does not form part of a doctoral qualification in clinical psychology or form part of a professional qualification as a clinical psychologist, and does not guarantee students entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate programme. Furthermore, completion of this MSc is not a requirement for entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate programme. However, clinical psychology is a highly sought after career, and it is intended that this programme will provide valuable learning in preparation for seeking clinical psychology training. 

The programme is designed for psychology graduates who are considering pursuing training in clinical psychology, or other mental health-related disciplines. As such the programme is intended to provide a stepping stone towards a rewarding potential career in clinical psychology or mental health. 

You will develop a sound and critical understanding of the theory and application of the core theoretical models on which clinical psychology draws. This will include a knowledge of explanatory theoretical models of the development and maintenance of a range of presenting psychological problems that people may experience throughout the lifespan, as well as critical consideration of approaches to the classification of psychological problems. You will also gain a sound understanding of clinical psychology assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation across a range of theoretical models, client groups, presenting problems and organisational contexts.

In addition, you will develop a reflective and critical understanding of developmental, social, cultural, and organisational contexts and their impact on individuals and the delivery of psychological services. This includes the importance of being aware of diversity when providing clinical assessment and intervention, as well as an understanding of the importance and nature of service-user perspectives.

You will study a number of modules, as described below; (it should be noted that this course structure is provisional and subject to change). All modules are compulsory.

Indicative course structure (provisional and subject to change):

Models of clinical psychology and mental health problems (Terms 1-3)

This covers theoretical models of the development and maintenance of psychological difficulties and distress throughout the lifespan, as well as models of well-being and adjustment

Psychological problems through the lifespan (Terms 1-3)

This covers the range of different presenting psychological difficulties experienced by clients across the lifespan and in culturally diverse contexts

Assessment, treatment and clinical skills (Terms 1-3)

This covers a range of psychological assessment, formulation, treatment, and therapy approaches derived from the various theoretical models utilised by clinical psychologists. This includes general clinical skills, as well as skills enabling you to communicate with clients, their families and other mental health staff

Professional, ethical and service-related issues in the field of clinical psychology (Terms 1-3)

This may include such topics as: the role of clinical psychologists; professional and ethical considerations; risk issues; the structure and provision of NHS mental health services; service user perspectives; and developmental, social, cultural, and organisational contexts

Research Methods and Statistics (Terms 1)

This aims to build on your existing skills and knowledge, providing a solid grounding in core quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistical methods

Advanced Research Methods and Statistics (Terms 2-3)

This aims to provide knowledge of more advanced research and statistical methods, including issues relating to treatment effectiveness research

Research Dissertation (Terms 1-3)

This module offers you the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research, under supervisory guidance, of a particular topic that links directly with one of the research themes of the psychology team

The aim of the programme is to provide you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical psychology, in preparation for potentially undertaking doctoral training in clinical psychology, or training in other mental health-related disciplines. It therefore serves as a potential stepping stone towards a career in clinical psychology or mental health.

You will normally attend teaching on two days a week (or one day per week if you are part time).

You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, seminars, group work, practical-based workshops, role-plays, and research projects, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed study. For every hour of directed study, you are expected to put in around 5 to 6 hours of independent study. In total, you are expected to dedicate about 35 to 40 hours per week (including on-campus sessions) to your studies.

In addition, you may have the opportunity to undertake one or more visits to a service providing clinical psychology assessment and intervention.

All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research-active academics, including qualified clinical psychologists.

In terms of support, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will also double as your mentor. This person will be your first port of call and will be available throughout your time with us. We also have a dedicated Psychology Student Welfare Officer.

The majority of teaching will take place in Canterbury. However, teaching may occasionally take place at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology in Tunbridge Wells.

Pending approval, the programme will comprise 6 modules of 20 credits, and a research project of 60 credits, making a total of 180 credits.

Assessment is on an on­ going basis, using a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your time with us, and may include written assignments, practical assignments and reports, presentations, and a final research project.


2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £5,050 £11,500*
Part-time £2,525 n/a

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. The University aims to publish the tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year on the University’s website by 31st July 2017.

Government loans of up to £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria. 

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

We have a lab suite which includes an observation lab, eye-tracker and EEG lab. We also provide access to specialist software for experimental and online studies. Our technician will be on hand to help you set up your studies.

For more information, please contact:

Psychology Administrators:

Information for international students:

International Office
Canterbury Christ Church University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1227 458349
Fax: 00 44 1227 781558

Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have a minimum upper second-class degree in psychology that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the University's requirements for English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5, or higher, or TOEFL 570/230, or higher).



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