Clinical Psychology Project - PSYC6003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Martin Anson checkmark-circle


All students are required to carry out a piece of psychological research on a specific topic, and to then present it as a report that adheres to the conventions of academic Psychology.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 59.5
Private study hours: 390.5
Total study hours: 450


Core to these programmes:
- Applied Psychology with Clinical Psychology, titled Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a -Placement Year from 2019 entry onwards
- Psychology with Clinical Psychology

Method of assessment

Project Report (5,000 words) (80%)*
Pre-registration assignment (1,800 words) (15%)
Professional Conduct (5%)
*This element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module.

Reassessment methods: Like for Like

Indicative reading

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

Barker, C., Pistrang, N. & Elliott, R. (2015). Research Methods in Clinical Psychology: An introduction for students and practitioners. John Wiley & Sons.

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 an ability to critique clinical psychology theory and research, and use rigorous research design, data collection and analysis to test and further develop theory and draw clinical implications from the results.

8.2. Demonstrate an understanding of relative advantages and disadvantages of alternative research methods and designs. Where relevant, demonstrate acquisition of more advanced skills in research techniques and data collection.

8.3. Demonstrate an ability to adhere to rigorous procedure when collecting and / or coding data.

8.4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues relating to research with human participants.

8.5. Demonstrate an ability to organise and manipulate complex data or research evidence, match statistical or other analytical techniques to the research question and evidence available, and implement more robust analytical techniques.

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

9.1. Demonstrate an ability to develop literature search and writing skills.

9.2. Demonstrate the ability to solve problems through independent learning and generate ideas about directions for future research.

9.3. Demonstrate a development of intellectual and professional skills, such as critical reflection/evaluation, and time-management.

9.4. Demonstrate transferable skills relating to numeracy, information technology, working with others, communication, problem solving, and independent learning.


  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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