MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)

UCAS code C811
Duration 4 Years
Typical offer AAA; IB: 36; BTEC: DDD
Discipline Psychology
Location Streatham (Exeter)


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This unique programme is designed to provide you with an understanding of the core areas of psychology, as well as equip you with the clinical skills to work as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), as you will undertake full BPS accredited PWP training.

Psychology is a broad field which incorporates a number of different key areas of research including biological, clinical, cognitive, and developmental and social psychology. The MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme has a dual focus that provides you with a broad knowledge across these core areas in addition to training you to work with patients suffering from mental health problems, mainly depression and anxiety, including diagnosis and treatment of these conditions.

Clinical research project and placement

During the programme you will undertake a clinical research project and placement which will allow you to put your knowledge into practice. As a student of the programme you will benefit from being part of a professional, research-led culture and environment, learning from experts in the field. The Clinical Placement provides you with the opportunity to work with a caseload of patients delivering Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions in a clinical setting, to build up clinical hours towards becoming a qualified PWP after the training by completing more clinical hours under supervision.

Where will the programme take me?

Our MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme provides the basic training requirements towards employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. With additional relevant clinical experience, this programme could lead to accreditation as a PWP with the British Psychological Society or British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies soon after graduation.

As well as providing a platform for becoming a PWP, the programme will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. The programme will develop both your subject-specific and clinical competencies, and also your skills in communication, critical thinking and problem solving, data analysis and manipulation, teamwork, organisation, project management and independent learning.

BPS accreditation

This programme provides British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. BPS accreditation confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of a Lower Second Class Honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

  • Innovative programme set within a UK centre of excellence for Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training
  • Designed to provide you with an understanding of the core areas of psychology and equip you with the clinical skills to work as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) as you will undertake BPS accredited PWP training, providing eligibility for qualification as a BPS-accredited PWP
  • Includes modules with a particular focus on the development of professional practice and clinical competency in evidence-based, low intensity psychological therapy
  • This programme provides British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist

Years 1 and 2
Your first- and second -year modules will provide you with an appreciation of the development of psychology, including a focus on the application of psychology to clinical problems, and will introduce you to the concept of evidence-based practice. They will also develop your clinical understanding of individual differences and psychopathology whilst gaining an appreciation of biological psychology including an emphasis on the biological basis of behaviour and mental health. These modules will be shared with the BSc Psychology programme and provide you with a broad introduction to research methods, statistics, social, cognitive, biological and developmental psychology.

Year 3
The emphasis in your third year is on clinical research and practice. You will undertake a clinical research project within the Mood Disorders Centre where you will see leading research in action. Your project will be supported by staff recognised internationally for their excellence in mood disorders research which seeks to translate research into clinical treatments.

Year 4
The fourth (PWP) year of the programme provides a thorough grounding in the theory, evidence base and clinical practice of low intensity psychological therapy for anxiety and depression. You will undertake your clinical internship in this year. A patient-centred approach develops competencies in core patient-centred interviewing and assessment skills, case management, and the delivery of a range of low intensity interventions including behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, sleep management, problem solving alongside support for medication taking. Completion of the programme gives you the ability to apply for qualified PWP positions at NHS Band 4/5.

Programme structure

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.

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in stage 1 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take optional modules up to 30 credits at stage 2 and 45 credits in stage 3 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience in the second or final years. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer

A-levels: AAA; IB: 36; BTEC: DDD

Required subjects

GCE A-levels: grade A in a science subject*.

IB: HL6 in a science subject*.

BTEC: Applicants studying one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without GCE A-level requirements: Applied Science; Health and Social Care; Sport and Exercise Science; Sport Science; Pharmaceutical Science. Applicants offering one of the above BTEC Extended Diplomas in lieu of the GCE A-level Science will also be required to have a grade B or 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

GCSEs: GCSE English Language at grade B or 5, plus GCSE Maths at grade B or 5.

*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics. 

Selection criteria

Placement requirement

There will be a clinical placement within an NHS or other IAPT service setting in the final year of this programme. Given the exposure to patients, offers will be conditional upon successful completion of a self-disclosure form and satisfying full health assessments. If a place is offered and accepted, students will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check in their second year prior to their Clinical Practice Placement. Students will not be able to begin their placements prior to the Disclosure receipt and it being deemed satisfactory.


We meet all shortlisted applicants before making an offer. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a day-long interview process which will include an assessment of communication skills, a service-user led group interview and an individual interview.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements.

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

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Research inspired teaching

You will be taught by expert, research- and clinically-active staff who are undertaking relevant research of national and international quality; this feeds directly into the programme ensuring teaching is up to date. The programme benefits from the extensive clinical research, training and service delivery experience from the Mood Disorders Centre and Clinical Training (CEDAR) at the University of Exeter. As a student this will mean you benefit from:

  • exposure to a stimulating research culture at the cutting edge of translational science;
  • exposure to high quality clinical training provision with access to specialist clinical trainers with published educational research in the latest clinical training techniques;  
  • exposure to clinically-active teaching and research staff who are able to translate their experience to ensure the teaching grounded in clinical practice;
  • close links with mental health service providers in the region and the Medical School.

You will be taught through a range of methods including:

  • lectures and seminars for the delivery of academic material;
  • problem-based learning, which enables you to study within groups applying new knowledge to a number of clinically relevant scenarios. This method of learning increases the application of knowledge into practice;
  • facilitated small group role play and skills modelling to help you learn the required clinical competencies;
  • self-practice/self-reflection exercises in which you are supported to provide reflections upon clinical interventions helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The use of reflective blogs to enhance this process has been developed at Exeter and published in leading academic journals;
  • group clinical skills supervision sessions to support the development of clinical skills;
  • clinical research internships with academics within the Mood Disorders Centre to support the development of research skills and further increase employability;
  • clinical training internship to support the development of clinical competency.

All learning is supported by an e-learning hub which enhances the teaching of both the academic and clinical content.

Contact hours

It is not possible to learn clinical competencies by reading about them in a book or through self-directed learning. As such, modules which require the development of clinical competency tend to have high contact hours to ensure that the relevant skills can be learnt through role play and modelling under the direction of the teaching staff. Contact hours on this programme can vary between a minimum of 12 hours per week on the more academic modules up to 35 hours per week on the competency based modules. In addition, the Clinical Practice Placement will entail high levels of contact time and study hours.


We are committed to providing you with a supportive learning environment in which you can build confidence and gain expertise in the clinical applications of psychology. The atmosphere is one of informality. Members of teaching staff either maintain an open door policy for student enquiries or have regular office hours during which they can be consulted. From day one you are allocated a personal tutor who acts as a mentor on academic work, as well as a source of advice for accessing wider student services should you require them.

During your First Year you will develop a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) portfolio which will be maintained throughout your degree with support from your personal tutor. Upon graduation, this PPD portfolio will focus upon both your academic and clinical development and will be helpful in increasing your employability. It will also support your continued professional development, as well as your application for accreditation as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Clinical placement liaison will be undertaken during your Third Year to ensure you are appropriately supported and to maximise your learning opportunities during the clinical placement. You will not be expected to set up clinical placements; this will be undertaken by the College using established contacts.


You will be assessed in a number of ways including:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Digitally recorded role play competency assessments
  • Patient scenario presentations
  • Case studies
  • Patient work within the clinical practice placement portfolio
  • A clinically focused research dissertation

Assessment methods will vary depending on your choice of optional module; check individual module descriptions for details.

You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but these results won’t count towards your degree classification. The assessments in the second, third and final years all contribute to your final degree classification.


Psychology and your career choices

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Through studying for a degree in Psychology you will develop essential skills highly valued by employers, such as communication, numeracy, critical thinking, independent learning, empirical research, ethical awareness and team working, which will prepare you for you a career in a range of sectors. Recent Psychology graduates have secured initial jobs across a number of sectors including healthcare, commercial and education, with others choosing to undertake further specialist training.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, with many employers targeting the University when recruiting new graduates.

Supporting your career in Psychology

Each year Psychology students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. Recent events include the Your Future in Psychology Fair, career insights with visiting alumni and mock interviews with visiting employers and alumni.

Recent graduates

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Psychology undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Action for Children
  • Addaction
  • All Response Media
  • BT
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Condé Nast
  • Deloitte
  • DMC PR
  • Dundas Communications
  • Dyson
  • Exeter College
  • G4S
  • Harrogate Homeless Project
  • Health and Care Videos
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Knight Frank
  • Leo Burnett
  • NHS
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Redrow Homes
  • Teach East (Peterborough)
  • Virgin Care
  • Vodafone

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Agency Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Audit Associate
  • Consultant - Behaviour Modelling
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker
  • English language teacher
  • Event Executive
  • Graduate Management trainee
  • Housing Needs Officer
  • HR Specialist
  • Marketing executive
  • Media Planner
  • Merchandising Trainee
  • NHS IT Recruitment Consultant
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Psychological Wellbeing Officer
  • Rail & Engineering Consultant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Sports Marketing
  • Therapist
  • Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Youth Support Worker

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Psychology undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. 

  • CIPD Level 3
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MA Psychological Research Methods
  • MA Social Work Practice (Think Ahead)
  • MA Marketing
  • MRes Psychology
  • MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • MSc Animal Behaviour
  • MSc Business and Management
  • MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology
  • MSc Gender and International Relations
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSc in Speech and Language Sciences
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Mental Health Studies
  • MSc Psychological Research Methods
  • MSc Social and Organisational Psychology
  • MSC Occupational Psychology
  • PGCE Post Compulsory Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • Postgraduate Diploma Children's and Young People's Psychological Therapy

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow after graduation, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Our Psychology graduates develop a wide variety of practical, transferable skills that are highly valued by potential employers, including communication, numeracy, independent learning and teamwork.

Our various British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programmes contain substantial teaching on statistics and research methodology, as well as scientific methods. This provides students with invaluable experience in understanding quantitative and qualitative data – skills and experience which are attractive to employers.
These transferable skills provide a breadth of career opportunities for our students, whether it be through the traditional routes, to more diverse opportunities including, for example, market research, human resources, psychotherapy and counselling and advertising.

Clinical research placement

In the final year of the programme you will undertake a clinical research placement which will allow you to put your knowledge into practice. As a student of the programme you will benefit from being part of a professional, research-led culture and environment, learning from experts in the field. The placement provides you with the opportunity to further your experience through internships in a range of clinical settings, learning with professionals who specialise in delivering treatments for depression and anxiety.

During this module you will work alongside Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners within a local NHS community or voluntary sector mental health service provider and apply the clinical skills you have developed during your programme. Clinical and case management supervision will be provided to help enhance the skills you have learnt. 

Our students leave equipped with a range of skills they can translate into a number of different areas, around critical thinking and analysis, research design, data analysis, communication skills and being able to work in teams. Those are the skills that employers really value today. Psychology here at Exeter really opens up any number of doors to students to be able to take those skills and expertise out into the real world.

Dr Jo Smith, Director of Research and Associate Professor, Psychology.

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