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About Psychology in Clinical Practice at Nottingham Trent University

The Psychology in Clinical Practice Masters degree will provide you with a critical understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology, and the organisational and social context of clinical psychology services. You'll gain the academic skills to undertake novel research in a clinical setting and you'll gain experience of working within a mental health setting through a six-month placement with a local clinical psychologist.

This blend of research and practical learning is reflected in the course team, which consists of clinical practitioners and academics who have considerable experience working with or researching the people who access clinical psychology services across the UK.

This course will provide an ideal launch pad if you are interested in pursuing a further career in clinical psychology.

Please note that this course does not provide training for you to become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Further training is required for this role.

How you're taught

You'll be assigned a personal tutor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout your studies. You will meet your tutor during an induction event which will be organised before the course begins.

Additionally, you will meet with the teaching staff from across the course team on a weekly basis at the reflective practice group. A weekly reflective session is affiliated with the support often available in clinical practice, and aims to provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your practice and experiences during this initial stage of your journey towards becoming a professional psychologist.

Throughout the course you will benefit from research-informed teaching. Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
  • Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.

Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.

The assessment methods on the MSc Psychology in Clinical Practice include:

  • practical reports
  • assessed essays
  • examinations
  • oral presentations
  • a reflective practice diary
  • a clinical research project.

Careers and employability

The course will be of particular interest to psychology graduates seeking to pursue a career in clinical psychology via doctoral training programmes (DClinPsy). Admission onto such programmes is highly competitive, and completion of this course will enable you to demonstrate that you have both the academic grounding and experience of clinical research to be in a favourable position to pursue either training or further work as an assistant psychologist.

Graduates will also be in a favourable position to consider alternative careers in healthcare and health research – either within core health providers such as the NHS or within academic departments locally or internationally.

The course has been designed by academic staff with previous careers in clinical psychology within the NHS and with the training of clinical psychologists, and also with ongoing clinical work in local mental health services. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – the largest provider of mental health services in the UK – has been alongside the University in the formative stages of the course development, and has maintained an interest in ensuring the employability potential of graduates from the course.

Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Department, supported by the University-wide careers service. We're very proud of the achievements of our many graduates and look forward to helping you graduate to a successful career.

Please note that this course does not provide training for you to become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist. Further training is required for this role.


As a psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an £80,000 EEG system. These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.

You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
  • Study areas and social spaces;
  • Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

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Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Final selection is based on an interview process with members of the course team.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you must:

Deadline for applications - 2018 entry

The deadline for applications for the MSc Psychology in Clinical Practice starting in September 2018 is 4 pm BST on Monday 12 March 2018. All applications will be assessed by the course team after this date. Please be aware that you will not receive a decision on your application until after the deadline date has passed.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

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