Clinical Psychology 1 - PSYC5970

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Ceridwen Evans checkmark-circle


The course introduces the concept of psychopathology and presents students with a range of models currently used in clinical research and practice to understand and treat psychological problems. It provides opportunities for exploring ways in which specific problems such as anxiety, depression and schizophrenia are understood from medical, cognitive behavioural and systemic orientations, and encourages students to compare and contrast these approaches.


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures, seminars and private study.

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128


Psychology with Clinical Psychology,

Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology/Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year

Available for Short-Term Credit students subject to school/convenor approval.

Method of assessment

Exam: 2 hour: 80%
Essay: 2,500 words: 20%

An alternative assessment may be provided for those short-term students who will no longer be registered when the examination takes place. This will take the form of an essay, and will be of 3,500 words in length and submitted at the same time as the other coursework essay.

Reassessment methods: Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

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

Hunsley, J. & Lee, C. M. (2014). Introduction to Clinical Psychology: An evidence-based approach (2nd Edition). Ontario: Wiley. ISBN: 9780470835807

O'Donohue, W. Fisher, J. E. Hayes, S. C. (Eds) (2008). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice (2nd Edition). New Jersey: Wiley. ISBN: 0471236144.

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 demonstrate detailed knowledge of how psychopathology is defined and the nature of diagnostic and classification systems

8.2 demonstrate a basic knowledge of key theoretical orientations in clinical psychology (e.g. behavioural and cognitive-behavioural; systemic/social constructionist, narrative) and how they can be used to explain the development of specific problems such as anxiety or depression.

8.3 demonstrate developing skills in critical evaluation by using case studies to review the strengths and weakness of theoretical models.

8.4 demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the scientific literature relating to issues raised in lectures and seminars.

8.5 present material with evidence of the use of relevant literature to support arguments and conclusions.

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

9.1 show their capacity to draw on published research and theory to formulate an argument.

9.2 demonstrate an ability to understand, and communicate in writing, abstract concepts.

9.3 demonstrate an ability to use information technology (word processing, email, internet use)


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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