University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Clinical and Abnormal Psychology

The Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology offers a comprehensive grounding in aspects of psychopathology and abnormal behaviour. As well as modules that will develop knowledge of the aetiology and treatment of a range of psychological disorders and abnormal behaviours, this programme includes a substantial research element. You will receive extensive training in research methods via a postgraduate statistics module and will complete a postgraduate dissertation in a related topic. We aim to provide students with access to clinical populations to collect psychological data in order to complete an applied dissertation. This is possible through our links with local NHS trusts and local healthcare providers. In addition, we have recently invested in a new psychology clinic which provides clinical and therapeutic services. Suitable students will be able to benefit from in-house research opportunities and supervised voluntary experience.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 Honours degree in psychology or another appropriate discipline; the course welcomes international applicants with appropriate undergraduate qualifications and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; DBS check.

Course modules

You will study 180 credits comprising of the following modules:
•Research Methods in Health Psychology: Measurement & Professional Issues (40 credits)
•Psychopathology Through the Lifespan (20 credits)
•Interventions (20 credits)
•Addiction, Dependence and Deviance (20 credits)
•Current and Historical Perspectives on Psychopathology (20 credits)
•Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including examinations, essays, a systematic literature review, research reports, and case study analysis. You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000- 20,000 words. The range of teaching and assessment methods used will foster a range of skills that are transferable to the workplace and/or further professional training.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Treforest Campus Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales

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