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Course Overview

The ability to carry out and appraise clinically relevant research is a crucial aspect of working in clinical psychology. This course enables you to develop an understanding of some key clinical research methods, including systematic review, service evaluation, clinical audit, quantitative and qualitative clinical research and their application in clinical practice. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second 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

The ability to carry out and appraise clinically relevant research is a crucial aspect of working in clinical psychology. This course introduces key clinical research methods for clinical psychology including systematic reviewing, service evaluation and clinical audit as well as quantitative and qualitative clinical research. Workshops, exercises and self-directed study will enable students to understand the fundamental principles of these methods, an appreciation of when they are appropriately employed and some of the benefits and challenges of carrying out research with clinical groups.

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: Systematic Review exercise (2000 to 3000 words) (60%); Clinical Project proposal (2000 to 3000 words) (40%).

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

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


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 systematic review exercise and clinical project proposal.

Course Learning Outcomes


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