Introduction to Clinical Psychology - PSYC3140

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Magali Barnoux checkmark-circle


This module will introduce students to key topics in Clinical Psychology. In particular, this module will focus on (1) fundamental applications of psychology, as a science, for understanding important clinical issues, and (2) key research methods common in clinical psychological research. Throughout the module, students will be encouraged to apply contemporary psychological concepts and methods to understand the important clinical psychological issues outlined.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Compulsory to Psychology with Clinical Psychology BSc/MSci
Available as an elective module. Available to Short Term Credit Students.

Method of assessment

Examination 2 hours 100%

Reassessment methods: Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Cheshire, K., & Pilgrim, D. (2004). A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology. SAGE Publishing.
Davey, G., Lake, N., & Whittington, A. (2015). Clinical Psychology (2nd Edition). Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Understand the practical role played by contemporary clinical psychologists in society

8.2 Demonstrate a knowledge of clinical psychology as a discipline and research methods used within clinical psychology

8.3 Demonstrate awareness of the fundamental application of psychology, as a science, to understand key clinical issues

8.4 Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and sub-topics within clinical psychology and how they relate to each other (i.e. ability to synthesise core concepts within clinical psychology)

8.5 Evaluate core theories and research in clinical psychology

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used in psychology

9.2 Demonstrate independent learning and research skills required to support academic learning and development


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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