Clinical Psychology MRes

The programme provides you with understanding and experience of the research methods and techniques appropriate for applied settings.

There is a taught component with a focus on the specialist skills and methods required to conduct and evaluate psychological research in clinical settings. There are also two research placements and a final research project which are all supervised by staff affiliated to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme or working in clinical areas.

Successful students should graduate with skills and experience to strengthen their applications for PhD research, DClinPsy training, clinical research and/or Assistant Psychologist posts.

Download the MRes Clinical Psychology brochure (PDF 89KB)

This programme will equip you with research skills that will be helpful when working towards a career in clinical or other applied psychology fields, or in clinical research.

Programme content

The programme will consist of two research placements and a research project, supervised by staff affiliated to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme or working in clinical areas. Taught components cover issues such as:

  • Practical, ethical and professional issues in applied research
  • Audit, evaluation, and research for service-planning
  • Questionnaire design and survey research
  • Qualitative research
  • Outcome research
  • Single case and small n designs
  • Writing a literature review 
  • Interview skills

“I chose Birmingham because it has a very high quality academic record...second only to Oxford and Cambridge”

Jonathon Rowles - MRes Clinical Psychology graduate 
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Skills gained

The programme aims to provide you with understanding and experience of research methods and techniques appropriate for clinical and applied settings. You will gain skills in planning and conducting research and disseminating research outcomes. These will include:

  • Generating research questions
  • Designing projects which will answer those questions
  • Liaising with service users and professionals
  • Acting ethically, sensitively and professionally
  • Information handling
  • Data analysis
  • Critical evaluation

You will also gain transferable skills in teamwork and effective written and spoken communication, to facilitate entry into further research and/or clinical training in related disciplines. 

Why study this course

The West Midlands is a large conurbation, which hosts many diverse and innovative NHS psychology services. The School of Psychology is a successful department with an excellent track record in research.  Our MRes Psychology programmes are well-established courses which are widely recognised by employers and trainers. Clinical psychology training has been part of the remit of psychologists at the University of Birmingham for over 40 years. 

Our MRes Clinical Psychology is run by members of the clinical psychology courseteam, and makes use of the excellent links which exist between this well-established group, our colleagues in the wider School, and our colleagues in the NHS.  Our students benefit tremendously from working in this context.

Modules

This programme will equip you with research skills that will be helpful when working towards a career in clinical or other applied psychology fields, or in clinical research.

This programme consists of 180 credits, where 10 credits equates to 100 hours of student effort.

Full-time students must complete the taught modules, along with the two research placements, in the first two terms. The final project is completed in the third term and summer vacation.

The recommendation for part-time students is that the taught modules and the first placement is completed in the first year of study, and the second placement and research project in the second year of study.

Students must complete the following modular components:

  • Psychological Issues in Clinical Settings 1
  • Psychological Issues in Clinical Settings 2
  • Transferable Skills
  • Foundation/Psychological Issues
  • One optional module from: Principles of Applied Psychology, Computer Use, or Design and Analysis 1 (Basic Statistics)

Plus the Research Component. This comprises placement 1 and 2, and the project, which is presented in thesis format.

See list of modules and descriptions (PDF 208KB).

Fees and funding

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. The government-backed student loans will provide up to a maximum of £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.

Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process is expected in early 2016. The key information to date is summarised here.

Fees for 2016

  • Home/EU students £4,121 FT (£2,061 PT)
  • International students £15,030 FT only

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. For more information contact the course administrator. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Normally at least an upper second-class Honours degree in Psychology; however, candidates with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Learn more about entry requirements

Follow guidance on how to make an application (PDF 156KB). If you have any further questions about how to complete the application please contact the programme administration team in the School of Psychology:  Email: pg-psychology-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk .  Please note that you do not need to contact potential research supervisors in order to apply, and we do not need a research proposal from you.

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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The programme will consist of two research placements and a research project, supervised by staff affiliated to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme or working in clinical areas. Taught components cover issues such as:

  • Practical, ethical and professional issues in applied research
  • Audit, evaluation, and research for service-planning
  • Questionnaire design and survey research
  • Qualitative research
  • Outcome research
  • Single case and small n designs
  • Writing a literature review 
  • Interview skills

This programme will equip you with research skills that will be helpful when working towards a career in clinical or other applied psychology fields, or in clinical research. 

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