MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1
  3. Taught at
    Singleton Park Campus

Course Overview

This Masters degree in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology aims to provide a high level of understanding of the theory and practice of clinical psychology within healthcare settings and prepares students for professional clinical training.

Key Features


  • One of four Psychology departments to achieve a 100% 4* rating (maximum score possible) for the reach and significance of its work in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Based on this measure Psychology at Swansea was ranked 14th (out of 82) in the UK
  • Our Psychology department is ranked 5th in the UK for Graduate Prospects by The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2018.

Teaching and Employability:

  • State-of-the-art technology, with over 20 general purpose research rooms and numerous specialised testing facilities
  • Majority of teaching carried out by practicing and/or qualified Clinical Psychologists and related professionals
  • Unique range of modules offered
  • Proven track record of assisting students’ progression towards clinical psychology training as well as range of clinical mental health-related occupational roles
  • Numerous NHS clinical based placements secured, providing valuable experience on the journey to becoming a Clinical Psychologist.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-M20Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Eating Disorders
PS-M27Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychosis
PS-M29Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Psychopathy and Sexual Offending
PS-M50Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)10Neuropsychology
PS-M52Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Statistical and Research Methods
PS-M56Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Affective Disorders and Trauma
PS-M64Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)10Coping with Chronic Disease
PS-M65Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)20Psychotherapy
PS-M82Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Generic Research Skills – Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
Optional Modules
MSc Abnormal pt y1 optional 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : All optional modules to be discussed before selection. Students can choose one of the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PS-M57Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)10Applied Behaviour Analysis
PS-M61Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PS-M78Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)10Employability & Placement
PS-M83Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)10Introduction to Python for Psychology

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-M24Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Research Project

MSc 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-M24Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Research Project
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PS-M24Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Research Project
Optional Modules


Clinical psychology focuses on the challenges faced by people with clinical, mental or physical (neuropsychological) health conditions. The role of the clinical psychologist is to work with these individuals and attempt to improve their quality of life.

This course will greatly enhance students’ suitability for professional clinical training, for example a three year DClin Clinical Psychology programme at a BPS accredited training centre

Entry onto a clinical psychology doctorate training programme is extremely competitive, with candidates usually expected to have acquired training and experience beyond degree level. 

The MSc degree provides a valuable academic foundation for future doctoral training in clinical psychology, it is largely theory-based and is designed to address core topics in abnormal and clinical psychology.

Clinical training courses also look for evidence of clinical experience with relevant client groups.

Swansea University does not provide this directly, but work experience (paid and voluntary) may be available through the local NHS Psychology Services. Opportunities may also be available locally through independent and private sector organisations (e.g. Mind Cymru, Headway, private rehabilitation services, etc.). These opportunities are regularly advertised and students are supported in making the most of them. 

Please note this course does not lead to a clinical qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society. 


Entry Requirements

To be considered for this course you will need; 

  • A minimum of a UK 2.1 degree in psychology or a related discipline
  • A wide range of international qualifications are considered (Please contact for further information).
  • An IELTS test is required to meet minimum entry requirements for non-English first-language applicants.  

How To Apply

UK/EU applicants with questions about the MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course should contact Eleanor Gregory on or by phone on +44 (0)1792 513023 

International applicants should visit or contact

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £7,500 £16,200
MSc Part-time £3,800 £8,100

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • Buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • Personal copies of core texts (loan copies are available in the University library)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Binding of research projects/ dissertations
  • Some research projects require a Disclosure and Barring Service Check
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The one year, full-time degree for Abnormal and Clinical psychology requires students to attend the University for two full days a week (normally Monday and Tuesday).

The two-year part-time degree requires students to attend the University for one full day a week.

In the first two semesters taught modules are provided with the research project typically undertaken during the summer months.

On occasion sessions are arranged on other days of the week (e.g. when visiting clinician talks/ workshops or employability sessions). 



Teaching is done via group sessions with practical classes provided on research and design topics. These will be assessed via written course work and a written examination. 


Who should apply?

This course is suitable for:

  • UK and international psychology graduates seeking positions as Assistant Psychologists (both in the UK and abroad) as part of their journey towards becoming a BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychology graduates aiming to work in related fields of applied psychology and other areas of clinical mental health
  • Healthcare and other clinical professionals looking to expand their understanding of particular areas of abnormal and clinical psychology
  • Psychology graduates who have relevant work experience to apply for further clinical training, but who need to enhance their academic and research skills
  • Psychology graduates looking to complete a PhD by Research in a clinically applied area

International Students

International students are able to access a mentor during the duration of the course. Further information is available via

Staff Expertise

Many of the College of Human and Health Sciences team are leaders in their specialist fields of research. They undertake novel and original research in a variety of areas, including clinical and health psychology, brain injury, sleep, cognition, neuroscience and developmental psychology.

Find out more about the Psychology team at Swansea.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.