M.Sc. On Campus

Foundations in Clinical Psychology

12 months
24000 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


This Foundations in Clinical Psychology programme from Newcastle University will introduce you to clinical psychology. You'll learn through expert-led clinical, health and forensic psychology, cultural and historical perspectives on mental health issues, and research apprenticeships.


The Foundations in Clinical Psychology programme from Newcastle University is aimed at students who have had little exposure to clinical psychology in their first degree and for intercalating MBBS students. It provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for careers in the clinical psychology sectors.

The course provides you with a sound basis to apply for an assistant psychologist post. It will also provide the necessary academic and research skills for you to apply for further training, if you have the relevant work experience. This might include vocational training eg doctoral training in Clinical Psychology, training as a Forensic Psychologist or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programmes.

You also benefit from this course if you are a Psychology graduate who is keen to pursue a research career in the clinical aspects of psychology, including clinically-oriented PhDs.

As a student on this course you will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • theories, research methods, history, culture of clinical psychology
  • assessing and synthesising information and formulating arguments
  • professional contexts in which clinical psychologists work
  • ethical issues and legislation
  • conditions, aetiology, maintaining factors, interventions and therapies associated with clinical psychology
  • the link between stress, health and illness.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for Psychology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.


This course is taught and based on the Newcastle campus and delivered by the School of Psychology.  You are typically expected to attend 12 hours of contact time per week with an additional 28 hours of independent study per week. These times will vary depending on the modules taken.

Teaching is normally delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, there may occasionally be sessions on other days particularly in Semester 2.

The MSc comprises taught modules and a supervised project and dissertation. The academic content of this programme is centred on forensic psychology, wellbeing and psychopathology. The research component is rooted in psychological methodology.

The MSc draws upon existing postgraduate programmes and expertise within the School of Psychology and Faculty of Medical Sciences. Existing programmes include:  Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol);  Low Intensity Psychological Therapies, PGCert; Forensic Psychology, MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, PGCert, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, PGDip and Neuroscience, MRes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Professional Issues in Clinical, Health and Forensic Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A
  • Cultural and Historical Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology and Principles of Behaviour
  • Dissertation
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Research Apprenticeship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in psychology or a related subject. We are looking for students who have:

  • performed consistently well throughout their degree
  • evidence of research excellence.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Foundations in Clinical Psychology
Newcastle University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!