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Course Overview

A fundamental aspect of developing clinical psychology knowledge and skills is the ability to identify, critique and integrate information covering key issues and debates in the current field.  This course is structured to help you develop these essential skills while building your understanding of key aspects of the theoretical knowledge underpinning the application of clinical psychology.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Ceri Trevethan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

Clinical Psychology involves the integration of fundamental psychological science, theory, clinical knowledge and skills for the assessment, formulation, treatment, evaluation, teaching and research of psychologically-based distress/mental health issues. Clinical Psychology continues to develop and evolve as a profession, highlighting key issues and areas of rich debate relevant both to the ongoing progression of psychological theory and applied practice.

Initially, exploring the role of the Clinical Psychologist, the course then aims to develop a deep and applied understanding of the links between fundamental psychological theory and current clinical practice. Next, key issues and debates in current Clinical Psychology will be considered and debated.   This will be achieved through tuition, workshops, directed self-study, experiential exercises (including role-play), poster presentations, a written assignment, group tasks and class debates. Key topics include the history and evolution of the Clinical Psychologist role, Fundamentals of Psychological Science and current issues and debates.  

Students will be required to provide feedback and commentary to their peers in a variety of ways and will receive feedback on their contributions to group tasks and activities.  

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: Written Assignment critiquing working models in clinical psychology (60%); Poster presentation on the evidence base for key mental health conditions (40%).

Resit: Students will be able to resubmit failed elements of coursework.  Existing pass marks will be carried forward.   

Formative Assessment

Group Task setting up a hypothetical treatment evaluation study.


Feedback on assessments will be provided according to University procedures. It is anticipated that this will be in the form of written feedback for the written assignment and poster presentation. Verbal feedback will be provided for participation in the class debates and group task.

Course Learning Outcomes


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