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Programme Specification for the 2019/0 academic year

MSci (Hons) Applied Psychology (Clinical)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSci (Hons) Applied Psychology (Clinical) Programme codeUFX4PSYPSY01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2019/0
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Have you already established an interest in the clinical applications of psychology or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and would like to combine academic study with the development of applied clinical psychology skills within a mental health work placement? If so, this MSci programme will provide you with a unique opportunity to combine a thorough grounding in the core domains of psychology and its clinical application with the development of clinical competency in low-intensity CBT. The four-year programme provides you with all the training of a BSc but in Year 4 progresses to provide Masters-level clinical training to develop competencies associated with the role of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Competencies will be consolidated within a clinical placement located in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) mental health service. This will help you appreciate the academic, clinical, research and transferable skills learnt during the programme and prepare you for employment or future study.

Advantages of the programme are that you will:

  • Study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment.
  • Engage with a nationally recognised clinical psychology training group benefitting from the clinical practice experience of clinical training staff, some of whom have relevant national level committee membership, including the Department of Health.¬†
  • Experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative clinical teaching approaches.
  • Focus upon clinical psychology, psychological intervention and mood disorders research.
  • Leave the programme with the qualification and clinical hours to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner registered with the British Psychological Society.

Providing you have passed the first two modules in Stage 4 (PYCM067 and PYCM096) constituting the low-intensity CBT competencies associated with assessment and treatment you will progress to a clinical practice placement within an appropriate mental health service. In this clinical placement you will be involved in the delivery of low-intensity CBT to a caseload of patients with depression and anxiety.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The aims of the MSci (Hons) Applied Psychology (Clinical) are to provide you with:

  • Core psychological knowledge and skills (including statistical analysis, research design and methodology) necessary to satisfy the criteria conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.
  • The thorough grounding in the taught curriculum and training for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners as specified by the Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme, necessary to satisfy criteria for registration as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with the British Psychological Society.
  • A final year work placement where you are able to consolidate and apply acquired competencies in the low-intensity CBT clinical method adopting an inclusive values-based and ethical approach.
  • Training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination supported within an internationally-recognised research environment.
  • A range of academic, clinical, research and transferable skills preparing you for employment or future study.

4. Programme Structure

Providing you have passed the mandatory components in Stage 3 and the first two modules in Stage 4 (PYCM067; PYCM096) constituting the low-intensity CBT competencies associated with assessment and treatment there will be a clinical practice placement within an appropriate mental health service. In this clinical placement you will be involved in the delivery of low-intensity CBT to a caseload of patients with depression and anxiety.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/modules/

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in Stage 1 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take optional modules up to 30 credits at Stage 2 and 45 credits in Stage 3 as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You are also permitted to take the five-credit module PSY3910 Professional Development Experience in the second or final years. Registration on this module is subject to a competitive application process. If taken, this module will not count towards progression or award calculation.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

a The written Statistics examination component of PSY1205 must also be passed at 40%.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY1202 Introduction to Biological Psychology 15No
PSY1203 Introduction to Social Psychology 15No
PSY1204 Introduction to Clinical Psychology 15No
PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics [See note a above]15Yes
PSY1206 Introduction to Research Methods 15No
PSY1207 Cognition, Emotion and Development 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY S1 BSc-MSci-BA Psy-App Psy opt 2019-0
PSY1105 Introduction to Behaviour and Evolution 15 No
PSY1126 Classic Studies in Psychology 15 No
PSY1208 Workplace Learning 15 No

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules (in stage 2 you must take one practical module per term. You are required to take either one social or one cognitive practical. You cannot take two cognitive practicals, two animal behaviour practicals or more than one social practical.)

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY2203 Social Psychology II 15No
PSY2205 Personality and Individual Differences 15No
PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II 15Yes
PSY2303 Cognition and Emotion 15No
PSY2304 Biological Basis of Behaviour 15No
PSY2306 Development Psychology and Psychopathology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY S2 BSc-MSci Psy-App Psy opt 2019-0
PSY2209 Cognition Practical I 15 No
PSY2210 Social Practical I 15 No
PSY2212 Cognition Practical II 15 No
PSY2213 Social Practical II 15 No
PSY2214 Observations and Experiments in Animal Behaviour 15 No
PSY2216 Qualitative Methods and Interview Skills 15 No
PSY2217 Wild Behaviour 15 No
PSY2218 Social Practical III 15 No

Stage 3


75 credits of compulsory modules, 45 credits of optional modules

b You must choose three 15-credit seminar modules in the series starting PSY3410. Seminars are arranged into three groups: Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3. The groupings may vary slightly from one year to the next and so prospective students should contact Psychology before making any firm decisions. You must take one seminar from each group and the three seminars cannot all be taken in the same term.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY3401 Psychology Research Project 45Yes
PSY3402 Methods and Statistics in Psychology III 15Yes
PSY3403 Contemporary Issues in Psychology 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSY SF BSc-BA Psy S3 MSci App Psy - Group 1 2019-0 [See note b above]
PSY3410 Stereotypes and Stereotyping 15 No
PSY3411 Psychology and Law 15 No
PSY3412 The Psychology of Gender 15 No
PSY3413 Communication and Social Groups 15 No
PSY3416 Work and Organisational Psychology 15 No
PSY3424 Applied Social Psychology: Health, Environment and Society 15 No
PSY3432 The Moral Mind 15 No
PSY3438 Prosociality and Cooperation 15 No
LAW3169 Equality and Diversity at Work 15 No
PSY SF BSc-BA Psy S3 MSci App Psy - Group 2 2019-0 [See note b above]
PSY3417 The Associative Mind 15 No
PSY3418 Processes of Human Memory 15 No
PSY3419 Studying Cognition and Emotion with Brain Imaging 15 No
PSY3420 Brain Plasticity and Language Learning across the Lifespan 15 No
PSY3423 The Evolution of Social Behaviour and Social Organisation 15 No
PSY3427 Compulsive Behaviour 15 No
PSY3431 Comparative Approaches in the Study of Brain and Behaviour 15 No
PSY3437 The Psychology of Addiction 15 No
PSY S3 MSci App Psy - Group 3 2019-0 [See note b above]
CSC4003 Psychology Applied to Health 15 No
PSY3425 Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Mood Disorders 15 No
PSY3426 Parental Psychiatric Disorders and Children's Development 15 No
PSY3430 Women's Mental Health 15 No
PSY3434 Mindfulness-based Interventions: Practice, Theoretical Backgrounds and Findings 15 No
PSY3436 Neuropsychology of Ageing and Dementia 15 No
PSY3439 Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Childhood and Adolescence 15 No

Stage 4


120 credits of compulsory modules

c PYCM067, PYCM096, PYCM069 and PYCM085 are non-condonable compulsory stage 4 modules that must be passed to gain registration as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with the British Psychological Society. Additionally, each individual component of PYCM067, PYCM096, PYCM069 and PYCM085 must be passed: the academic assignments must be passed at 50%; the pass/fail clinical competency assessments must be passed at 50% in line with the competency rating scale used in the national curriculum. In line with the national curriculum these modules have a 100% attendance requirement. Should your attendance fall below that level you will be contacted and an action plan put into place. Should your attendance fall below 80% on any individual module specified above, you will not be able to pass the module and you will be required to repeat the module or at your request, you may be awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYCM067 Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems [See note c above]20Yes
PYCM096 Evidence-based Low Intensity Treatments for Common Mental Health Problems [See note c above]20Yes
PYCM069 Values, Diversity and Context [See note c above]20Yes
PYCM085 IAPT Applied Clinical Practice [See note c above]60Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge about a range of core subject areas as defined by the British Psychological Society, with in-depth specialisation at the forefront of the subject surrounding the clinical applications of psychology
2. Demonstrate clinical competency in the low intensity clinical method as defined by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme
3. Demonstrate knowledge of, commitment to, and action based on a non-discriminatory and ethical recovery oriented values base to psychological care
4. Apply a range of methodological skills in psychology and clinical psychological research, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to carry out empirical research both individually and collectively
5. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology, with a focus upon the clinical applications of psychology, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to an honours degree

Knowledge and detailed information is developed though lectures, tutorials, seminars and problem based learning, practical classes, research project work supported by directed research of texts and journals. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

Clinical competency is developed through clinical skills modelling, case studies, role play, placement based supervision and self-practice/self-reflection, supported by directed research of texts and journals. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

The ILOs are assessed by the following individual methods or a combination of these.

ILO1: examination, essays, presentations, reports.

ILO2 and 3: competency assessment, reflective commentaries, case studies, clinical planning presentation, practice based outcomes portfolio.

ILO4 and 5: completion of computer assisted learning assessments, examination, practical reports, project work.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate skills of scientific writing and presenting results
7. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques
8. Explain the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application
9. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as the student’s own work
10. Plan, execute and present an independent and original project

All ILOs are developed through lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, e-learning based teaching, and supervised research project work, supported by directed research of texts and journals. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

The ILOs are assessed by the following individual methods or a combination of these.

ILO6: practical reports, project work.

ILO7 and ILO9: examination, practical reports, project work.

ILO8: practical reports, project work, examination, case study.

ILO10: practical reports, project work.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

11. Think critically, creatively and independently
12. Demonstrate confidence and flexibility in identifying and solving complex problems
13. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of electronic information retrieval and management tools and access information from a variety of sources
14. Demonstrate effective interaction within a group
15. Work effectively on own or as part of a team
16. Demonstrate effective self-management (autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism)
17. Use supervision and personal reflection as a means to improve your personal effectiveness as demonstrated in the reflective commentaries
18. Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development

All ILOs are developed through participation in lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes, use of the electronic managed learning environment and computer assisted learning packages, clinical skills role-play, problem based learning, working with others and supervisor on research project and practical classes, self-practice/self-reflection, working with personal, academic and clinical tutor, receiving individual and group based supervision in the clinical placement and university setting. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

The ILOs are assessed as part of the personal and professional portfolio and by the following individual methods, or a combination of these.

ILO11: Examination, research project, practice outcomes document, reflective commentaries.

ILO12: Examination, research project, practice outcomes document, competency assessment, reflective commentaries.

ILO13: Research project, practice outcomes document, completion of computer assisted learning assignments.

ILO14: Practice outcomes document.

ILO15: Practice outcomes document.

ILO16: Practice outcomes document, reflective commentary, clinical planning presentation, competency assessment

ILO17: Competency assessment, reflective commentary.

ILO18: Practice outcomes document, reflective commentary.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 of this programme you must pass the non-condonable module PSY1205 Introduction to Statistics. If you do not pass PSY1205 you will be transferred to the 3-year BA Psychological Studies programme. If you subsequently take and pass PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II as an optional module on the BA in Psychological Studies programme, you would have the opportunity to transfer onto the BSc Psychology programme.

To progress to Stage 3 of this programme you must pass the non-condonable module PSY2206 Methods and Statistics in Psychology II. If you do not pass PSY2206 you will be transferred to the 3-year BA Psychological Studies programme. Furthermore, to progress to Stage 3 you must also achieve a credit-weighted stage average of at least 60% in Stage 2, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the 3-year BSc Psychology programme.

In Stage 4 all individual assessments within modules PYCM067, PYCM096, PYCM069 and PYCM085 must be passed at 50% individually and cannot be condoned in order to pass the MSci and to gain registration as a PWP. The competency assessments are marked using the required competency assessment marking scheme whereby PWP clinical competencies are rated on a Likert scale (0-6) across each of the competencies being assessed. You must pass these assessments as described in the individual module descriptors. Failure to pass modules PYCM067 and PYCM096 will result in you being unable to complete the programme and progress to the clinical placement. In the event of failure on any of these modules, you will not be permitted to continue with the MSci (Hons) programme, your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect, and you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology.

In line with PWP training accreditation requirements, there is a 100% attendance requirement. Should your attendance fall below that level you will be contacted and an action plan put into place. Should your attendance fall below 80% on any individual module above, you will not be able to pass the module and you will be required to repeat the module or at your request, you may be awarded a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.

Programme-specific Award Rules

At the end of Stage 3, you may be permitted to exit with a BSc (Hons) Psychology provided that you have achieved 360 credits in total, you have taken no more than 150 credits at level 4 and at least 90 credits at level 6 or 7. If you do exit with a BSc (Hons) the award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2 and 3 combined in the ratio 1:2 respectively.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will remain with them throughout the first and second year of the programme, where possible. Personal tutors are able to provide guidance and feedback on assessment performance, guidance in generic academic skills, and pastoral support. They are also able to refer students to more specialist support services, both within the College and elsewhere across the University. In the final year of the programme each student will be allocated a dissertation supervisor as part of the PSY3405 Psychology Dissertation module, who will also act as personal tutor, providing academic, tutorial, and pastoral support.

You will have access to the computer cluster in the Washington-Singer Laboratories (when not in use for teaching or assessment purposes) along with the pay-per-print laser printer installed there. The University IT Services provide a range of central services, including open and training clusters of PCs available on a 24/7 basis. Network access is available from all rooms in the hall of residence on site.

During year four you will be allocated a combined University personal and clinical tutor. As well as supporting your academic progress, the clinical tutor will also liaise with your supervisor within the placement service to ensure you are supported whilst on placement.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

This programme has been granted two levels of accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The first, confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS which is subject to the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours being achieved with the dissertation being passed. The other accreditation granted by the BPS is based upon the programme meeting the standards required for accreditation as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner course provided students pass all clinical modules.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSci (Hons) Applied Psychology (Clinical)

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Psychology

23. Dates

Origin Date

21/09/2015

Date of last revision

04/10/2019