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MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology (1 year)

The Masters in the Foundations of Clinical Psychology offers a curriculum in which the central aim is to provide an educational experience which sets the profession of Clinical Psychology into a European and International context. Home students on this clinical psychology related MSc will have an appreciation of international professional issues and international students will gain an understanding of how to apply the principles of clinical psychology to developing service provision in their home countries, as well as gaining an understanding of service provision within the UK.

The MSc offers a warm welcome to students from all around the world, who add to the richness of the teaching experience. We have had students from countries including, but not limited to, Saudi Arabia, China, Taiwan, Antigua, Zambia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the USA, Canada, Russia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Norway and Finland. We have a good history of employment and students have gone to find work in academia, pursuing PhDs at universities including Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Warwick, the Institute of Psychiatry and UNICAF University in Zambia. Several have gone on to study for professional qualifications in Clinical/counselling psychology and many have found work in the NHS and caring professions as Assistant Psychologists or PWPs. Other students have applied their skills in NGOs or government settings.

This MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology programme will serve as an academic stepping stone to completion of a PhD in Psychology and will supplement students’ experience for application to professional training offered by Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology. This programme is approved by The British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Completion of an MSc is not a prerequisite for entry to a Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. International students are advised to visit the Clearing House website for more information on application to Doctoral Programmes in Clinical Psychology.

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Introducing your course

Start on a rewarding and knowledge enhancing path towards a career as a psychologist with the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton.
Learn more about the key therapy skills of a clinical psychologist and their application in a multi-cultural setting, along with leadership and management skills for work in all sectors. Begin your journey in applying psychology to working with people through the MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology.


This Foundations of Clinical Psychology masters programme extends over one calendar year. The core taught component of the programme extends over two semesters, with teaching taking place on two days a week, although attendance at other times may be required.

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To Apply

You should apply for this masters in the foundations of clinical psychology using the University’s on-line application form. You can find more details here.

International students, please note, you will need to allow time to get your visa.

Closing date for fully complete applications: 31st July

Key Facts

  • Benefit from direct links with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology
  • Study at one of the top 15 research universities in the UK
  • Learn from leading psychologists and NHS practitioners

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2015 graduate Nikos Xanidis shares his experiences studying the Foundations of Clinical Psychology masters degree at Southampton.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 20

Selection for this masters in psychology programme is on the basis of online application form with:
Personal statement
Degree certificate/s (& translated version if necessary)
Degree transcript/s (& translated version if necessary)
English Language qualification (if applicable)
Two academic referees

This MSc clinical psychology programme is designed for graduates with a first degree in Psychology from an approved university of 2:1 standard or above. Other honours degrees are also considered in conjunction with an approved BPS conversion course. Experience of working in a mental health setting is highly desirable.

Owing to the demanding research content of the MSc applicants need to demonstrate that they have covered statistics to the same level as a third year UK undergraduate so that they will not be at a disadvantage. Familiarity is expected with analysis of variance ( including repeated measures and mixed designs, analysis of covariance), survey research (questionnaire design, sampling methods), qualitative data collection (types and methods of collecting qualitative data), qualitative analysis (content analysis, discourse analysis, grounded theory and protocol analysis.

From September 2014 entry, the IELTS requirement will be an overall score of 7 with no individual score below 6.5.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content








Year 1

Each module is assessed by a summative assignment. The programme uses a variety of assessment methods including an essay, a behavioural report and a case formulation.

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Foundations of Clinical PsychologyMSc 2019Full-time£9,250£22,268
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryPSYC 6022 Dissertation: Funding of £50 is available from the Psychology department to purchase incentives for participants in research studies. You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentRecording Equipment: Recording equipment is available on loan from the Psychology department.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
FieldworkPSYC 6022 Dissertation: Students need to self fund any travel expenses incurred in collecting data. PSYC 6081 Leadership and Management: Students are expected to undertake a voluntary placement and need to self fund travel costs.
PSYC 6081 Leadership and Management: Voluntary placements may require the completion of a DBS check. This will be paid by the placement provider.
Conference expenses If students would like to participate in conferences all the costs would be covered by themselves
OtherParking Costs: Should students wish to apply for a parking permit they would be expected to meet this cost.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus

Highfield Campus

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