MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Study a well-recognised and respected Master’s course with a patient-centred focus, teaching the origins and range of clinical psychology.

  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology at BU?

  • Respected course, producing highly thought after and employable graduates for many branches of psychology 
  • Excellent preparation if you wish to enter training to qualify as a clinical psychologist 
  • Patient-centred approach, using case studies to consider a wide range of therapies and disorders 
  • Study advanced research methods to prepare you to undertake independent research 
  • Choose your specialism of interest for your research project, which will be supported by workshops and literature reviews 
  • Delivery is typically two days per week between October and May each year, with supervision for the dissertation in June and July. This delivery pattern allows you to plan and build a clinical portfolio more effectively. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Career opportunities

After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations from the NHS to private and independent health care providers. 

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, January start: 1 year full-time (no part-time start option for January)

Required subjects:


Entry requirements:

For January 2023: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in a required subject

For September 2023 and January 2024: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject.

International entry requirements:

For January 2023: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing an 5.5 in all components. 

For September 2023 and January 2024: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details


The Department of Psychology has links and connections with health care providers, educational organisations and various charities in the Poole and Bournemouth area. During the course you will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placement, working across the opportunities that may be presented in both clinical and/or research context.

It should be remembered at all times that students on placements will be fully committed members of a real clinical or educational team or charities. The highest standards of professional conduct must be upheld at all times, and students are expected to be dedicated, conscientious and considerate of their role in the lives of vulnerable people.

You should be aware that these are highly completive posts, whilst we work hard to satisfy everyone, we cannot guarantee a placement for every student, or guarantee them their top choice. Opportunities may vary each year and it is important that you discuss a specific area of interest with your Programme Leader. 

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting placement opportunities for students, so the opportunities for this year will be revealed to you when you arrive.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Your application

Entry requirements


After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to continue into an academic career or secure employment in a range of organisations. The course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of clinical psychology which will enhance your application to training programmes if you seek a career as a qualified clinical psychologist.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Alexandra Brown

We get to write and run our own experiments; the facilities are state of the art.

Hear from our staff

Associate Professor Simon Thompson

A really important part of learning at BU is the opportunity for Master’s students to get involved in clinical research and many have co-authored research papers.

Hear from our alumni

Ben Hunt

Being a research assistant is a great privilege as experience is key. Acting as an honorary research assistant so early in your career really makes you stand out.

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