University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health

This course provides a grounding in research training relevant to clinical psychology and a broad understanding of mental-health service provision. This research-orientated programme focuses not only on equipping you with advanced research skills but also emphasises the importance of research evidence and the ability to assess this critically and constructively. This course is aimed at graduates eventually seeking a place on a DClin Psych clinical training degree and at existing professionals in other health-related disciplines. It is run in conjunction with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A wide range of staff and guest lecturers, including local practitioners, teach on this course, with our faculty having research strengths in psychopathology and clinical psychology.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in psychology or a closely related subject such as neuroscience.

Course modules

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that enable you to gain knowledge and skills in key areas of clinical psychology and mental health, including: 4 subject-specific modules (60 credits), two in the autumn term and 2 in the spring term, covering topics such as contemporary issues in clinical psychology, clinical skills and treatment models; 4 modules in research methods and data analysis (60 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research approaches used in this field, including specialist techniques in clinical research skills and a range of quantitative and qualitative methods; a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area or a research clinician from Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.

Assessment methods

The taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods that include term papers, presentations and unseen examinations. The project is assessed by a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 17,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 876638