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Psychology - Applied - Clinical Specialism

Overview
This programme provides high quality training for psychology graduates and assistant/associate psychologists (or equivalent) in both the theoretical models of common mental health presentations and practical therapy skills that can be applied to multiple populations (eg. mental health, children, intellectual disability).

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) provides students with skills in psychological assessment, formulation, and low intensity interventions (e.g., CBT).
The Masters in Science (MSc) develops skills in conducting health service research.

Why Queen's?
This programme provides practical skills and understanding in assessment and intervention of mental health difficulties in a variety of clinical populations.

Successful applicants are required to pay only 20 per cent of actual fees if Department of Health bursary funding is available.

Entry requirements

Essential criteria:
1. A 2:1 honours degree in psychology, or its equivalent, from a recognised university course, which confers the graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society. Applicants that have a 2:2 psychology degree but also a postgraduate psychology qualification may be considered.
2. A satisfactory level of personal and professional competence related to the course, as evidenced in a personal statement.

Desirable criteria:
1. The applicant is currently employed, or will be by the time of course entry, as an Assistant/ Associate Psychologist or comparable (e.g., social worker, CPN, CAMHS practitioner), within a Northern Ireland healthcare setting.
2. The applicant receives, or has arranged to receive, supervision from a qualified clinical psychologist.

A maximum number of applicants can be accepted each year. Applications will be ranked based on quality of previous qualifications and experience.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Non-EU international applicants are likely to require a work visa to secure an employment post as an assistant/associate psychologist (or equivalent). International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies.

Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

MSc: 2 years part-time. Same contact time as Diploma in Year 1 and then contact time is a half-day per week in Year 2.

PgDip: 1 year part-time, entailing 1 contact day per week at the University within term-time, plus one 3-week block.

Learning and Teaching
Teaching takes place in the mornings and afternoons (normally on Wednesdays or Thursdays).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Whilst undertaking and graduating from the programme does not confer the threshold entry award for autonomous professional practice in clinical psychology, it does promote and quality-assure the knowledge and skills required to provide low-intensity psychological interventions, and provide excellent preparatory training for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Kevin Dyer, Assistant Course Director
School of Psychology
Tel: 9097 5632
Email: k.dyer@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.psych.qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Course Details
All modules are year-long and run across both semesters.

PgDip Four compulsory modules:
Clinical Presentations
Foundations of Clinical Practice
Low-Intensity Psychological Interventions
Clinical Assessment and Formulation

MSc:
Comprises the above modules in Year 1, plus a dissertation module in Year 2.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Units of assessment are associated with each module. These include two case studies, a critical literature review, a clinical practice portfolio, and, for the MSc, a dissertation.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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