Clinical Psychology 2 - PSYC5980

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Joshua Nice checkmark-circle


This module aims to help students develop an understanding of clinical psychology by exploring the theory behind the main theoretical orientations utilised by those in the field. Initially students will be introduced to the three main schools of thought: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and systemic. Thereafter, more contemporary approaches and specific therapies will be presented. This module will help prepare students for the rich variety of psychological thinking in mental health and clinical psychology. This may be particularly relevant to aspiring clinical psychologists.


Contact hours

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

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


Compulsory to the following courses:
• Psychology with Clinical Psychology//Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Optional to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc Business Psychology

Not available as an elective module.
Available for Short-Term Credit students subject to school/convenor approval.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Exam (2 hours) 80%
Essay (1000 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

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the range of areas in which a clinical psychologist might work.
8.2 demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the psychological theories relevant to mental health and well-being including cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic orientations.
8.3 demonstrate an appreciation of the centrality of the service user to all work conducted by a clinical psychologist.
8.4 describe in a balanced and critical manner the issues raised in lectures, in outlining how theory and research can be used effectively in practice.
8.5 present material with evidence of the use of relevant literature to support arguments.
8.6 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of difference and diversity (gender, race, religion, age, ability, culture, class, education, ethnicity, social economic background, sexuality, spirituality) in clinical psychology and mental health

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 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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