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ritina88
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Hello Students,

I’d like to ask you an opinion about MSc in Clinical Psychology...
Which one to choose?

Here there’s a list of my favourites:
University of Manchester: MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Warwick: MSc in Clinical Application of Psychology
University of Sussex: Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc.
King's College: Mental Health Studies MSc

As I currently don’t live in the UK, I would very appreciate your help!
Thx
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Hello Students,

I’d like to ask you an opinion about MSc in Clinical Psychology...
Which one to choose?

Here there’s a list of my favourites:
University of Manchester: MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Warwick: MSc in Clinical Application of Psychology
University of Sussex: Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc.
King's College: Mental Health Studies MSc

As I currently don’t live in the UK, I would very appreciate your help!
Thx
r.
Hey,

Not sure if you've looked at this one, but I completed a few modules of the MSc in Clinical Applications in Psychology at Newman University College, Birmingham.

http://www.newman.ac.uk/courses/higher_degree/?pg=647

I left with a postgraduate certificate to start my professional doctorate in health psychology.

It's a distance learning course and a few current students on this course are international students (most from Malta and France)

Recommend looking for MScs with BPS accrediation to allow for plan b back ups (ie health psychology) , placement opportunities, flexible fee payment and look out for assessment type (ie all exams? all coursework?).

I imagine that the courses you've selected will put you in a good position if applying for the clinical psychology doctorate, but it's important to obtain relevant experience as well if considering the clinical psychology doctorate.

Hope this helps!
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Hey Elizabeth,

thanx a lot for your reply, I was hoping to get an answer from you, as...I love your posts!
I might seem a bit naive to you, but I want to be honest and admit that during my search, I haven’t cared to much about BPS accreditation. This perhaps was a mistake. However, my choice of moving to UK and studying there might not change according the new findings about this. Again, this might be regarded as stupid but I dunno very much even about “how to become a psychologist” works in UK. Following your advice, I looked up on this link http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac and I found out that none of my selected MSc would be considered as accredited (if that makes sense).

The course I’m most worried about is the Mental Health Studies at King’s, as it’s based at the Institute of Psychiatry and it could drive my ‘psychology path’ towards a ‘medical path’...with all the consequent complications.

What do you think about this?
Please, gimme you frank feedback and any comment, advice, critics could come up to you mind!

With gratitude for your time and support

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Hey Elizabeth,

thanx a lot for your reply, I was hoping to get an answer from you, as...I love your posts!
I might seem a bit naive to you, but I want to be honest and admit that during my search, I haven’t cared to much about BPS accreditation. This perhaps was a mistake. However, my choice of moving to UK and studying there might not change according the new findings about this. Again, this might be regarded as stupid but I dunno very much even about “how to become a psychologist” works in UK. Following your advice, I looked up on this link http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac and I found out that none of my selected MSc would be considered as accredited (if that makes sense).

The course I’m most worried about is the Mental Health Studies at King’s, as it’s based at the Institute of Psychiatry and it could drive my ‘psychology path’ towards a ‘medical path’...with all the consequent complications.

What do you think about this?
Please, gimme you frank feedback and any comment, advice, critics could come up to you mind!

With gratitude for your time and support
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Hey Elizabeth,

thanx a lot for your reply, I was hoping to get an answer from you, as...I love your posts!
I might seem a bit naive to you, but I want to be honest and admit that during my search, I haven’t cared to much about BPS accreditation. This perhaps was a mistake. However, my choice of moving to UK and studying there might not change according the new findings about this. Again, this might be regarded as stupid but I dunno very much even about “how to become a psychologist” works in UK. Following your advice, I looked up on this link http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac and I found out that none of my selected MSc would be considered as accredited (if that makes sense).

The course I’m most worried about is the Mental Health Studies at King’s, as it’s based at the Institute of Psychiatry and it could drive my ‘psychology path’ towards a ‘medical path’...with all the consequent complications.

What do you think about this?
Please, gimme you frank feedback and any comment, advice, critics could come up to you mind!

With gratitude for your time and support
r.
Hey!

Oh wow, thanks for your lovely feedback re my posts! I really appreciate it!

BPS accrediation MScs only really matter if you're thinking about progressing onto professional doctorates in other areas of psychology ie forensic or health psychology, in which case, for health psychology for example, you will need to complete a BPS accredited MSc in health psychology.

Therefore, you won't find a BPS accredited MSc in clinical psychology. As the professional route into clinical psychology differs from other psychology professional routes.

I've only recommended BPS accredited MScs to enable applicants with a potential 'plan b' option for aspiring clinical psychologists and a chance to specialise further down the line.

The Mental Health MSc is very popular amongst aspiring clinical psychologists. It looks like a good course

Hope this helps!
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My dear penfriend Elizabeth,
I’m very grateful for the prompt answer you’ve given to me.
This choice is quite tricky, especially because making a decision from Italy seems to be particularly risky.
I would be quite capable of explaining and discriminating amongst Universities and postgraduate courses in Italy Universities, because I can ‘breath’ the academic air that is offered in my country. If this makes any sense, I’m talking about something that just a ‘native’ could properly comprehend. King’s college sounds like a good University, especially regarding to popularity and fame around the world. This doesn’t mean necessarily that the price is worth the quality of teaching and what is actually learned by students.
On next week, I’ll be taking an interview at Warwick, which seems quite a good place, particularly because of the practical part of the MSc. Manchester has a good fame as well and Sussex is also well ranked. Well, is ranking a reliable source to make a judgement?
I feel very uncertain about this decision, especially because I see it as one the biggest investment of resources (of any kind) in my life.
Sorry for venting my feelings to you,
Many thanks again
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Manchester offers a conversion degree in psychology at masters level which is BPS accredited. It's an MEd not an MSc but it's considered equivalent. From there you're eligible to apply for professional doctorates in psychology.
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Hi, I need advice please,
I am currently studying for BCs in Psychology and I am keen on doing Masters after my graduation. Can anybody tell me if getting Masters will help me to find a job in psychology field? Did it help you?
I am thinking about doing degree in clinical psychology, particularly in Warwick because they provide the placement. However, their Masters is not enough to work as a clinical psychologist. I would have to do doctorate. Are people who do doctorate getting paid? Is doctorate difficult to do?
I am a mature student and I do not want to waste my years...I do want to do masters because it takes one year and I can specialize but I want to be sure that I will not end up unemployed or just take any job...
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(Original post by ritina88)
Hello Students,

I’d like to ask you an opinion about MSc in Clinical Psychology...
Which one to choose?

Here there’s a list of my favourites:
University of Manchester: MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Warwick: MSc in Clinical Application of Psychology
University of Sussex: Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health MSc.
King's College: Mental Health Studies MSc

As I currently don’t live in the UK, I would very appreciate your help!
Thx
r.
I have just accepted a place on the MSc at Sussex and was just wondering if by any chance you chose this course? I would be extremely grateful for any advice if you did, or just any advice in general for a clinical based masters!!

Hope it all went well in the end for you

Beckie
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I have just accepted a place on the MSc at Sussex and was just wondering if by any chance you chose this course? I would be extremely grateful for any advice if you did, or just any advice in general for a clinical based masters!!

Hope it all went well in the end for you

Beckie
Do you know whether becoming a health psychologist is as difficult as becoming a clinical psychologist?
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im interested in doing a conversion course in psychology, ive just graduated from keele in biology and geography, but think i should have done biology and psychology instead, i just didnt have the guts to change, and was too scared as id never done psychology before. Im not really interested in being a psychologist partly because i dont think i could handle other people' s psychological problems as well as my own lol, but ive always been interested in it. But like i said ive never studied it before, so have no idea what its really like. Ive done a lot of neurobiology in the biology part of my degree and found that interesting, but is there a) any point in doing a psychology conversion course if im not interested in becoming a psychologist, simply because i shoud have done a degree in it and want to learn about it?
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(Original post by barney225)
im interested in doing a conversion course in psychology, ive just graduated from keele in biology and geography, but think i should have done biology and psychology instead, i just didnt have the guts to change, and was too scared as id never done psychology before. Im not really interested in being a psychologist partly because i dont think i could handle other people' s psychological problems as well as my own lol, but ive always been interested in it. But like i said ive never studied it before, so have no idea what its really like. Ive done a lot of neurobiology in the biology part of my degree and found that interesting, but is there a) any point in doing a psychology conversion course if im not interested in becoming a psychologist, simply because i shoud have done a degree in it and want to learn about it?
I would say interest in a subject is always a good reason to study it. However, if you're not interested in becoming a psychologist I would say there is no point in studying a conversion course as I don't think it would necessarily be the best Master's degree you could do. Why not look into neuroscience Master's programmes or neurobiology courses instead?
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