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MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology
(Degree Apprenticeship) - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 18 months part time
Entry year Enquire for details

Programme lead: Dr David Mussell

Typical offer

First degree in Psychology at 2:2 or above, or meeting the requirements of the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology


  • A unique opportunity to gain advanced level clinical skills in the application of psychological theory in practice
  • Become competent and skilled in the assessment, formulation and delivery of psychological treatment interventions for the clinical population
  • Develop skills for effective communication with service-users, families and professionals and learn how to function in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Learn under the direct supervision of Clinical Psychologists
  • Blending online delivery with face-to-face training, with the ability to deliver fully online if necessary

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirements are generally a first degree in Psychology at 2:2 or above, or meeting the requirements of the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartership (formerly known as GBR), with some relevant clinical experience.

Course content

Apprentices are full-time employees of their organisation, gaining a University of Exeter degree alongside work.

You will learn skills related to the practical application of research and evaluation within services, as well as making the most of evidence-based working with a range of colleagues to promote psychologically-informed assessment and intervention using a formulation-based approach.

Practical intervention skills will be largely CBT-based whilst also developing your capacity for critical thinking and adapting your work in response to complexity and changing circumstances.

Topics covered include core skills in relationships for clinical work, professional understanding and reflective practice, as well as skills in assessment, formulation and intervention.

Practical experience under the close supervision of qualified clinical psychologists supports your on the job training, and you will receive specific teaching to develop and hone research skills and evaluation.

We strongly encourage the use of Routine Outcome Measures with a critical perspective, as well as developing skills in multi-disciplinary working in the context of service-user participation and awareness of issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The programme contains five key modules. These run concurrently over the first 15 months of the apprenticeship. The final three months of the apprenticeship involve preparing for the sixth module ‘End Point Assessment’.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


This degree apprenticeship is funded entirely through an Employers’ Apprenticeship Levy. As an apprentice you will be a full-time employee of your organisation, gaining a University of Exeter degree alongside work.


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge associated with practice.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.