MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)

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


Undergraduate Psychology

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  • An innovative, dual BPS-accredited programme designed to equip you with the clinical skills to work as a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) upon graduation

  • Train to work with patients experiencing depression and anxiety, including diagnosis and treatment of these conditions

  • Explore the core principles of biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental and social psychology

  • The clinical placement enables you to work with patients in a clinical setting, and build up clinical hours towards becoming a fully registered PWP with the British Psychological Society

  • Set within a UK centre of excellence for Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training

Our MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme provides the basic training requirements towards employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. As the programme is dual-accredited, upon graduation students can apply for registration with the British Psychological Society or British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Completing the course enables you to apply for qualified PWP positions at NHS Band 4/5.

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.

Course overview

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 applying psychology to clinical problems, and will introduce you to the concept of evidence-based practice.

You will also develop a clinical understanding of individual differences and psychopathology, and an appreciation of biological psychology, including the biological basis of behaviour and mental health.

These modules are 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.

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

You will undertake 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 you accept a place on this course, you will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in your second year before you can begin your Clinical Practice Placement.


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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How will I learn?

You will be taught through a range of methods including:

  • lectures and seminars
  • problem-based learning: where you study within groups applying new knowledge to a number of clinically relevant scenarios
  • facilitated small group role play and skills modelling to help you learn the required clinical competencies
  • self-practice and self-reflection exercises in which you are supported to provide reflections on clinical interventions, helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
  • group clinical skills supervision sessions
  • clinical research internships with academics within the Mood Disorders Centre to develop your research skills and further increase employability;
  • clinical training placement

All learning is supported by an e-learning hub.

Contact hours vary between a minimum of 12 hours per week on the more academic modules, to a maximum of 35 hours per week on the competency-based modules. Clinical competency modules 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. In addition, the Clinical Practice Placement entails high levels of contact time and study hours.

Learn from experts

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.

You will benefit from:

  • a stimulating research culture at the cutting edge of translational science;
  • access to specialist clinical trainers with published educational research in the latest clinical training techniques;
  • extensive clinical research, training and service delivery experience from our Mood Disorders Centre and Clinical Education Development (CEDAR)
  • close links with mental health service providers in the region and the College of Medicine and Health.

Continued professional development

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 portfolio will demonstrate 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 (PWP).


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.

Academic support

Throughout your degree programme you will be supported by a Personal Tutor with whom you will meet regularly. Your Personal Tutor is there to help with any academic or personal problems that you may have. Other members of teaching staff either maintain an open-door policy or have regular office hours during which you can consult them.


Our specialist facilities include:

  • The Mood Disorders Centre – a partnership with the NHS
  • Labs for studying animal learning, cognition and evolution
  • Labs for interviewing brain-damaged and depressed patients
  • Labs for studying cognitive and social psychology
  • Equipment for measuring eye movement and brain activity.

I really enjoy the content of the lectures and seminars on the programme, and the amount of support we are given by the academics and Student Services. This helped me achieve a first-class honours at the end of my second year.

As part of the Animal Behaviour module, we went on a week-long field trip to Margam Country Park in South Wales. I loved working directly with the animals and made significant friendships on the trip.

Marie, MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)



Psychology and your career choices

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Employer-valued skills this course develops

Our MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme provides the basic training requirements towards employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. As a dual accredited programme upon graduation students can apply for registration with the British Psychological Society or British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies

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.

Supporting your career in Psychology

Psychology students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options. A range of employability sessions are put on for our students which include: career talks with visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds, career conversation events with key employers and organisations and an annual ‘Your Future in Psychology’ event and a ‘Careers in Healthcare’ event hosted by a diverse range of organisations and employers. Support is provided to access high-quality work placements through an optional Career Development module.

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.

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, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Recent graduates

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates from our 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 as:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Communication and Content Specialist
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker
  • HR Specialist
  • Junior Digital Analyst
  • Marketing Executive
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Youth Support Worker

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Addaction
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer research UK
  • CEDA (Community Equality Disability Action)
  • Condé Nast
  • Deloitte
  • Dyson
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • JP Morgan
  • NHS

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)
  • MRes Psychology
  • MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma Children's and Young People's Psychological Therapy

Clinical research project and placement

In your third and fourth years you will undertake a clinical research project in the Mood Disorders Centre and a placement which will allow you to put your knowledge into practice. The Clinical Placement gives you the opportunity to work with a caseload of patients delivering low-intensity psychological interventions in a clinical setting, to build up clinical hours towards becoming a qualified PWP after you graduate.

A patient-centred approach develops your competencies in core patient-centred interviewing and assessment skills, case management, and delivering a range of low intensity interventions including behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, sleep management, problem solving alongside support for medication taking.

We liaise with you throughout the placement to ensure you are appropriately supported and maximise your learning opportunities. You are not expected to set up the clinical placement; this will be organised by the College using established contacts.

The aspect I enjoy most about the programme is that I’m in control of my own education. With a range of resources open to me and engaging lecturers, I can strike the balance of independent study and being taught. Lecturers are very friendly and always willing to help, which means there is always someone you can consult and learn from. I have also really appreciated the chance to choose some modules outside of psychology.

One of the main reasons I chose the University of Exeter was the course. Not only is it an undergraduate Master’s degree, but it also incorporates work placements and allows me to get professional accreditation as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. While there are other universities that offer similar courses, none in my opinion were as welcoming or friendly as Exeter, nor based on such a beautiful campus.

Christopher, MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical)


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