StudyQA — Master: Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism) — The Queen's University Belfast

Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 6.06 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17.2 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jul 15, 2023
200 place StudyQA ranking:5444 Duration:2 years



The Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism) programme provides training for assistant/associate psychologists (or equivalent) to become a more effective and strategic part of the clinical psychology workforce. The Diploma provides students with skills in psychological assessment and circumscribed interventions. The MSc develops skills in conducting health service research.

Opportunities for Careers
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.

PG Diploma

* Four compulsory modules:
* Clinical Presentations
* Foundations of Clinical Practice
* Low Intensity Psychological Interventions and CBT
* Psychological Assessment


Comprises the above modules in Year 1, plus a dissertation module in Year 2.
Contact time is half a day per week in the MSc year.

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.

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.


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:

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. Please click the links below for more information: 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.

Applicants from the UK and other EU countries
Please note: Where it states 'UK residents' qualifying residency and citizenship/nationality criteria apply.

* Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Postgraduate Research Studentships

Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, these are offered in most subject areas.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

* DEL (CAST) Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology

These awards are for specific research projects in collaboration with an industrial sponsor in the following Schools/areas: Biomedical Sciences in School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Pharmacy; School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering; School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

A CAST studentship may also include a contribution from the industrial collaborating body.

Visit the School websites listed above for details concerning potential DEL CAST

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Awards are available for both Masters and Doctoral degrees in humanities subject areas.

Applicants should apply via Queen's for funding and should not apply directly to AHRC.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

Queen's School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools have funding available for postgraduate PhD or taught Masters courses.

North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students undertaking a recognised Masters or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction.

Applicants from outside the EU
If you are applying to Queen's from outside the EU, you are advised to explore fully the funding opportunities for studying in the UK available from sources in your own country. Some closing dates are as early as a year before commencing studies, so please make sure to apply in good time.

Some of the main awards are listed:

Department for International Development (DFID) Shared Scholarship Scheme

This award is for specific one-year taught postgraduate courses. The award cover tuition fees, a maintenance grant and travel costs. Only students from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply.

British Chevening Awards

* The Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds a number of British Chevening scholaships for postgraduate study, mainly for one-year taught Masters degrees.
* Candidates must apply directly to the University for admission before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Contact the British Embassy, British High Commission or British Council Office in your own country.

Applicants from USA
If you are a US citizen, you are eligible to apply for the following awards tenable at Queen's

George J Mitchell Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships

Mary McNeill Scholarship (for US and Canadian citizens undertaking MA Irish Studies

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