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.
Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism) highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be considered. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
- 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.
Our course has been recognised as one of the most useful postgraduate degrees in developing clinical skills. We’ve been fortunate that many of our graduates have developed successful careers in clinical psychology and the health service as a result of the therapeutic skills and research knowledge acquired on the course.
Dr Kevin Dyer
Assistant Course Director
All modules are year-long and run across both semesters.
PgDip Four compulsory modules:
Foundations of Clinical Practice
Low-Intensity Psychological Interventions
Clinical Assessment and Formulation
Comprises the above modules in Year 1, plus a dissertation module in Year 2.
People teaching you
Dr Sue Mun Tsang
School of Psychology
|Teaching takes place in the mornings and afternoons (normally on Wednesdays or Thursdays).|
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.
Learning and Teaching
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Critical literature review
Clinical practice portfolio
1. A 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, which confers the graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society. Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree in Psychology and a postgraduate Psychology qualification will be considered on an individual basis.
2. A satisfactory level of personal and professional competence related to the course, as evidenced in a personal statement.
1. By the time of entry, applicants must have an Assistant/Associate Psychologist post, or comparable (e.g. Social Worker, CPN, CAMHS practitioner) within a Northern Ireland health care 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 academic performance and personal statement score.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
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).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: 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.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism) costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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