Roots & Range of Psychological Disorders: An introduction to the origins of mainstream psychological disorders. This provides context for the teaching of the subject for the rest of the course, and allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of the range of clinical psychological disorders.
Psychological Therapy: The main psychological therapeutic approaches used in the clinical treatment of disorders.
Advanced Research Methods: The unit covers a range of research methods and a tool used for conducting advanced level research, and describes the intricacies of experimental design in such contexts. The unit aims to prepare students for undertaking independent research using advanced research techniques.
Advanced Statistics: You will learn and apply a range of statistical techniques intended for analysing data from psychological research. These are advanced techniques which are not covered at undergraduate level.
Dissertation: You can choose a specialism of interest and complete a dissertation. This will involve an in-depth critical literature review, supported by workshops.
Research apprenticeship scheme
In your second term, you may be offered the chance to work alongside staff to help them with their research. You get the chance to work together with researchers, gathering and analysing data, and working out what experimental findings might mean. You have the opportunity to work with specialist equipment that you might not have been able to otherwise and gain in-depth knowledge of what research really involves.
The scheme also provides you with invaluable experience for your own research project.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology we are looking for applicants who:
- Enjoy working with people to help them understand their problems
- Are personable
- Have excellent communication skills
- Have a professional manner
- Are able to use their own initiative appropriately.
Applicants should ultimately have an interest in other people and wish to support them in helping them to understand their problems.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon this course are:
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow. Some of these are based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements, for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations. The course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of clinical psychology which will enhance your application to training programmes if you seek a career as a qualified clinical psychologist.
As a Foundations of Clinical Psychology graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:
- Clinical psychologist
- Community support officer
- Healthcare assistant
- Learning support assistant
- Occupational therapist.
Industries worked in
- NHS (hospital and community)
- Private and independent health care sector (nursing homes and private hospitals)
- Academic research.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
Meet our staff
Dr Simon Thompson, the course leader, has led national and international (European Union) funded projects with interest in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson’s disease, Retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in cancer survivors. He pioneered the Thompson Digital Switch for the rehabilitation of leg muscles following stroke.
Simon's current focus is on the neurology of yawning where he leads an international team exploring cortisol as a potential diagnostic biomarker of neurological diseases. The Thompson Cortisol Hypothesis is a recognized evidence-based theory of yawning.
When you study psychology with us, you'll be learning from world-leading researchers in fields such as face blindness, neuropsychology and clinical psychology and you will have the opportunity to get involved in various research projects.
Dr Sarah Bate is a Principal Academic in Psychology and Director of the Centre for Face Processing Disorders. Read Sarah's story.
Professor Jan Wiener, based in the Department of Psychology, is a co-leader of Bournemouth University's Dementia Institute.
Many of our staff and students are involved in community or charitable trusts in addition to their academic practice or study, and we have close ties with the British Psychological Society. We are committed to developing our field through our research, practice and educating future psychologists.
Read more about the specialist interests of our Department of Psychology staff online, and register now to meet us!