Academic Curriculum

The teaching content of the programme is organised with a series of teaching units which provide detailed coverage of the theoretical and research bases of clinical psychology. 

Programme teaching units can be grouped into six sets as follows. 

(a) Professional issues including ethics and social and contextual factors affecting clinical work. 

(b) Models of individual distress; behaviour, cognition and emotion in therapy; psychodynamic therapy; and family and systems therapies. 

(c) Clinical Assessment methods, including clinical interviewing, psychometrics, observational approaches, idiographic and qualitative assessments. 

(d) Teaching units covering the principal areas of application related to service placements and specialisms, including: child and adolescent clinical psychology; learning disabilities; adult development and human sexuality; clinical psychology of older adults. 

(e) Other areas of application including clinical neuropsychology; psychopharmacology; clinical psychology of addictions; health psychology; and forensic clinical psychology.

(f) Research methods.

Concurrent with these teaching units and running throughout the three years of the programme there is a clinical skills development unit, which includes inter-related components of teaching and practice sessions on clinical interviewing skills; and case presentation sessions by trainees working in small groups.  

A third set of curricular activities, running throughout the three years, focuses on Personal and Professional Development of trainees.  This comprises a number of seminars and workshops, providing opportunities for trainees to reflect on various aspects of the interface between our personal and professional lives.  Each trainee is allocated an individual academic advisor from amongst the staff team, who will support their learning and development, and the trainee-centred annual review process provides a further opportunity for reflection on general progress and personal achievement across all aspects of the training programme.