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MSc Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology (with clinical or research placement) – University of Reading

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  • Gain scientific insight and practical experience in modern clinical psychology

MSc Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology (with clinical or research placement)


Develop your career with a postgraduate degree at the University of Reading, with excellent research training for both specialist and transferable skills.


Students will take a number of compulsory modules including:

  • Clinical research methods
  • Introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Evidence-based treatments across the lifespan
  • Research project
  • Placement

As well as choosing from optional modules including:

  • Conducting systematic reviews
  • Qualitative data analysis
  • Methods in neuroscience
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • fMRI data analysis


The MSc in Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology can be taken as a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) degree at the University of Reading.

Teaching on this programme will be a mixture of lectures and seminars, private study, and practical work (for example, on placement).

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of topics in clinical psychology, preparing you for a career in applied psychology, such as those within clinical, health, and research settings.

The Clinical Placement offers the chance to gain experience in one of our public clinics. It is for students who wish to work directly with clients, and already have the necessary skills and knowledge to do so.

The Research Placement offers a broad range of research placements relevant to clinical psychology, often involving clinical populations albeit without direct client contact. It is aimed at students who wish to undertake a placement focused on research and academic skills.


This programme has been carefully designed by clinical and academic psychologists to advance graduates' understanding of, and career prospects in, clinical psychology. Graduates of this programme will have developed advanced skills and knowledge that provide an excellent foundation in clinical psychology. These attributes will prepare graduates to pursue a career in applied psychology, helping them develop further in roles as assistant psychologists or research assistants.


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