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Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical specialism)

Clinician and client

The Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical specialism) is a training programme for assistant / associate psychologists (or equivalent) to become a more effective and strategic part of the clinical psychology workforce and deliver stepped care psychological interventions. The Diploma will provide students with the psychological knowledge base and core skills in psychological assessment and circumscribed interventions as applied to at least one commonly presenting clinical population. Those who progress to the MSc will also attain knowledge and skills related to conducting and disseminating health service research.

Why choose to study at Queen's?

The Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology is one of a very few postgraduate courses in the UK that provide clinical skills training for Assistant/Associate Psychologists and other mental health workers. Unlike many courses that are more academic-focussed, Diploma/Masters students receive actual applied training on assessment and intervention techniques from practicing clinicians who are experts in a variety of fields (e.g., PTSD, depression).   We have cutting edge facilities for therapeutic skills training and clinical research opportunities for the Masters dissertation.


The closing date for application will be Friday 15th July 2016.

Applicants must normally possess or expect to possess by admission to the course, a First Class or 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology, or another relevant discipline, or equivalent recognised qualification.

In addition, by time of course entry, applicants must have attained an assistant / associate psychology post, or comparable, within a healthcare setting and where supervision from a qualified clinical psychologist has been agreed.

Students should apply online via the Direct Applications Portal on the Queen’s University website.

Career opportunities

Whilst undertaking and graduating from the course does not confer the threshold entry award for autonomous professional practice in clinical psychology, it does, however, provide the following:

  1. promotes and quality assures the knowledge and skills required to provide low intensity psychological interventions
  2. provides excellent preparatory training for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programmes.

Concordant with this, it is envisaged that the previous training and professional experience of graduates of the Diploma / M.Sc., who successfully attain a place on the Doctoral programme at the same institution, will be taken into account. It will also provide students with the academic and research knowledge and skills and knowledge to progress to PhD / academic careers.

Course Information

Dr Kevin Dyer
School of Psychology, QUB
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90 975632

Further Information

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for further information about the course.