MScR Clinical and Health Psychology

The MSc by Research programme in Clinical and Health Psychology provides the opportunity to do a substantial piece of research in an area linked to clinical and health psychology and therefore develop excellent research skills in the process.

Name MScR Clinical Psychology
Start Date September
Mode of Study 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Programme Director Ingrid Obsuth

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The MScR Clinical and Health Psychology is offered as a one-year full-time programme, or as a two year part-time programme. This is a postgraduate degree designed to provide research training in clinical and health psychology and allows you to work on research throughout the year whilst also taking taught courses that will enhance your research and knowledge. Successful completion of the MScR requires a dissertation, in the form of a report of research work, of 20,000 words. 

Our programme offers the possibility to work with and be supervised by a range of clinical academics across many areas of psychology, who have international reputations and outstanding publications in their areas of expertise.  

The staff team on the programme have a wide range of research interests, mostly within the broad areas of Applied Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychological Therapies and Interventions, and Global Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

Why choose this programme? 

The MScR offers the opportunity to gain advanced understanding of a range of research designs, approaches to data collection and data analysis within qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies in the context of clinical and health psychology. The programme will enable you to develop your understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to clinical psychology and related disciplines.  

Alongside taught courses, the MScR programme allows you to conduct an independent research project that makes a significant contribution to your chosen field of study and to further develop your research skills. Over the course of your studies you will gain experience in designing and conducting research and writing up and critically reflecting on your work and that of others in the field. 

A vibrant and inclusive research environment

The University of Edinburgh is a world-leader in research and innovation and an international centre of academic excellence. Students on this programme will become part of an active and diverse research community in the School of Health in Social Science and will have access to the wide-range of learning environments and outstanding resources that the University has to offer. Our postgraduate researchers work in close proximity to each other, enabling them to pool their expertise and knowledge to tackle complex challenges and push the boundaries of discovery. Students will be encouraged to engage with a wide range of seminars, talks, and events, and often have the opportunity to present their own research at national and international conferences. Our student-led postgraduate research blog provides a snapshot of the activities and events our PGR students organise and are involved in.

Find out more about ongoing research in our School

The expertise of our academics in Clinical and Health Psychology cover the whole of the lifespan, focusing on childhood to adult and older adult mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as the psychological impact of chronic physical ill health. Our research involves national and international collaborations, with many projects involving NHS partnerships.

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The School of Health in Social Science offers several fully funded MScR and PhD studentships each year. A variety of scholarships are available, which vary from full scholarships covering tuition fees and a stipend to cover living expenses, to partial scholarships.

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Beyond the programme 

The MScR can be used a stepping stone toward embarking on a PhD, however also delivers transferable skills for a number of career paths. Following completion of the MScR you will have developed a broad range of transferable skills to enhance your career prospects across a wide range of industries. Examples of these include a variety of research related jobs in businesses, such as market research, operations research, or user experience research, data analysts for a variety of industries, and programme evaluators in a range of service delivery institutions.  

Further Study Opportunities    

The MSc by Research is a comprehensive foundation for PhD study, which will equip you for academic positions in the field of clinical psychology. Students with prior professional qualifications can also enhance careers with the addition of highly developed conceptual, analytical and research skills through this programme. 

You may also wish to return to the University to undertake CPD courses with Clinical and Health Psychology.

Find out more about our postgraduate Clinical and Health Psychology options