Hull University Business School

Faculty of Health Sciences

MSc in Clinical Applications of Psychology

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

An increasing awareness of mental health issues has created a growing and substantial need, both locally and nationally, for more mental health practitioners which this MSc programme has been designed to help meet.

It offers an advanced grounding in the psychology of adult mental health and is designed to provide knowledge and experience relevant to a career as a mental health practitioner. The course paves the way to train as a chartered health psychologist, but it is important to note that it does not confer a licence to practise.

You will strengthen your research skills and learn what is required to practise professionally. Students gain an understanding of the backdrop of current thinking on the nature of mental health, its psychological and neurological causation, and the best evidence-based interventions. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to treat a variety of mental health problems.

The teaching staff bring a depth of experience to this course which our students have always valued. The programme is enriched by our close working relationships with the Hull Clinical Psychology Training Programme, and with local health and social care services.

What you'll study

Study is full-time over one year and comprises two semesters of taught modules. One module during the second semester includes a placement, followed by an individual empirical research project supervised by a member of staff over the summer.

Students are taught how to design, plan and conduct health related research and how to evaluate papers, theories, findings and methods used within health psychology. Learning takes place in lectures, seminars, laboratories and through directed personal study.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Research Methods for Psychology

    Develop a thorough conceptual understanding of advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. This will enable you to make evidence-based decisions in research and professional practice.

  • Mental Health in Practice

    ​In this module you will focus learning around an applied environment where you will come into contact with service users experiencing distress/the effects of disability and/or poor mental health. You will be given the opportunity to study an area of practice relevant to your work experience placement and provide a systematic literature review to assist in practice development within that environment.

  • Professional Practice and Communication Skills

    ​You will develop towards professional practice by acquiring a critical understanding of the skills required to be an ethical, reflective, evidence-based, and research active practitioner who can communicate professionally both orally and in writing.​

  • Theories of Mental Health

    This module will engage you in debate about key philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practical issues within contemporary mental health practice.

  • Psychological Interventions

    ​You will be introduced to general principles of individual interventions in adult mental health including assessment, formulation, the therapeutic relationship, treatment planning and the use of outcome measures. You will learn the basic approach and techniques of modern Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and develop awareness of other interventions in common use in the NHS, and the underlying evidence base.​

  • Case Studies in Mental Health

    ​You will be introduced to a variety of common mental health problems including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse. Using fictional case histories, you will develop skills at clinical formulation based in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, even when cases are complex and incomplete.​

  • Empirical Dissertation

    Enhance your independent research skills for designing, planning, conducting, analysing and writing up a research project relevant to clinical psychology. You'll develop your critical, in-depth knowledge of a specific area of clinical psychology; and increase your academic analytical and writing skills.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

Blended between Hull Campus and a work placement. 

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,500

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International: £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Our postgraduate programmes allow you to develop practical and technical skills under professional psychologists.

Research has wide links to local organisations, public representatives, charities, artists, clinicians and industry and is part of the White Rose Consortium.

Psychology has been a leading discipline of study at Hull since 1928.

Our cutting-edge facilities include electroencephalography (EEG) for measuring activity in the brain, a brain simulation laboratory, an eye-tracking laboratory, an audiometric laboratory, and much more.

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Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:2 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely allied discipline. You should also have a minimum of 30 hours of paid or voluntary work experience relevant to the content of the programme. 

Applicants hoping to use the degree to support a future application to Clinical Psychology Training should note that such training courses generally require a 2:1 Honours British Psychological Society accredited degree and this MSc degree will not necessarily compensate for that requirement.

Application deadlines

As this is a very popular programme and as places are limited, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This course has been built from the ground up to enhance students’ progress to becoming chartered psychologists. Students are taught the core competencies required for a career in mental health. Undertaking this MSc can facilitate a subsequent application for a clinical psychology training place. It also increases students skills and experience relevant to other careers in health and social care.

The programme has been designed to help redress the relative lack of psychological input and services in the region, and to help tackle issues of deprivation and inequality by providing MSc graduates with the skills and knowledge to contribute to a wide variety of health and social care services.