Psychology MPsycholSci (Hons)

Key information


This programme aims to give you advanced knowledge of the theoretical and research aspects of clinical and health psychology.

Successful completion of the MPsycholSci will equip you for professional postgraduate studies in clinical and health psychology and for research careers in clinical and health psychology. The programme draws on the research excellence of our School and our focus upon transferable skills means a psychology degree from Liverpool will be suitable for a wide range of career choices. The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

Programme in detail

In Years One and Two, students take six compulsory modules across two semesters.

In Year Three, they take six modules plus the research project. Our teaching programme is ‘research-led’ in that modules are available that are delivered by leading researchers from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

In the first three years all aspects of psychology are covered, from the study of brain mechanisms which underlie behaviour through to the analysis of human behaviour in social contexts. There is a diverse range of modules including social and clinical/health psychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, individual differences, biological and physiological psychology, as well as a consideration of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the discipline of psychology.

Our students will specialise in Years Three and Four in clinical and health psychology, working on a one-to-one basis with an individual academic to develop an in-depth research project which will be on a topic relevant to clinical and/or health psychology. Ours is a challenging programme but there is plenty of support in place to help you. Your academic adviser supports your personal development and also offers pastoral support over any issues you may be experiencing.  Throughout Year One, you will regularly work within a small peer group under the supervision of an academic. These sessions aim to develop key study skills to help you achieve the most in yours studies.

We also offer support for making career choices. In the first year of study, this includes opportunities to consider potential career pathways within and outside of the discipline of psychology, and reflect on those personal skills which will need developing and strengthening over the next three years. In Year Two, students work together in groups on a small research project with their academic adviser as
preparation for their final year project.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

329 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Degree results

89% of students graduated with a First Class or 2:1 degree (2017)

Why this subject?

Learn from active research leaders

You’ll be studying in a department which is home to some of the world’s leading academic experts, research centres and laboratories and our new research connected curriculum moves quickly from general psychology to our research strengths and specialisms. You’ll benefit from research focused lectures in Year One, enabling an understanding and application of the Liverpool context, all taught by specialists who are passionate about their research activity.

Prepare for your professional career

You, and your future employers, can be reassured by the fact your programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). In addition, our curriculum content and our teaching has been developed with a strong focus on your future employment. Our new approach to authentic assessment will also help you develop practical skills, and connect theory to practice.

Explore your career options with potential future employers

Your programme is informed by an extensive network of professional contacts and potential employers, helping ensure it prepares you for the workplace. Guest practitioner lecturers also help you clarify your future career direction.

Enjoy a flexible future

On graduation, 99% of our students go straight into work or further study and our BPS accreditation satisfies the requirements for either. Successful graduates may be offered a postgraduate place here at Liverpool enabling you to continue to build your career specialism.