MSc in Foundations in Clinical Psychology & Health Services

This innovative MSc programme aims to provide students with a strong knowledge and experience base for progressing to health service careers, particularly those looking to become clinical psychologists and clinical psychology researchers.

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1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.
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It will seek to equip students with an up to date knowledge of relevant theory and practical issues in UK mental health services, and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake research and development in healthcare settings, including service evaluations, clinical audits, and intervention evaluations.

This programme is intended for graduates in Psychology or related disciplines who are interested in progressing to careers in the health professions as practitioners, researchers or managers, and current health service professionals with a degree in Psychology or related disciplines who wish to enhance skills and knowledge in the areas covered by the programme as part of their continuing professional development. Please note, however, that the MSc itself does not lead to a clinical qualification.

What you study

The programme comprises core  and optional courses over one year of full-time study, or two years equivalent part-time study:

Core courses

  • Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders
  • Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Research Design and Analysis
  • Research Project

Optional courses

In addition to the core courses described above, you will undertake three optional courses from offerings within the Department of Psychology.

This could potentially include study in the following areas:

  • Addictive Behaviours
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Topics in Neuropsychology
  • Infant Development
  • Behaviour Genetics
  • Self and Relationships
  • Psychology and Education
  • Social-Moral Development


Written and multiple-choice examinations, essay coursework, oral presentation, research dissertation.

Applying and entrance requirements

You can apply directly to Goldsmiths via the website by clicking the ‘apply now’ button on the main programme page.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have: 

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments.
  • The email address details of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference.
  • A personal statement. This can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online.
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory).

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

If you're applying for funding you may be subject to an application deadline. Find out more about funding opportunities for UK/EU students and international students. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Entrance requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related subject (eg health studies, neuroscience) with a research component. Applications from international students are welcome. International students will be required to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or a health-related subject.


We ask you for a deposit of £450 to secure any offer made to you after applying for the programme. The deposit will be credited against your tuition fees when you enrol.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enroll and study on our programmes. 

Please check our English language requirements for more information.

Find out more about applying 

Contact us 

Get in touch via our online form


+44 (0)20 7919 7766

International (non-EU)

+44 (0)20 7919 7702

Psychology Staff

Academic Staff

Banissy, Dr Michael
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Bhattacharya, Professor Joydeep
BE PhD FRSA, Professor of Psychology

Bremner, Dr Andy
BA DPhil, Reader in Psychology

Charlton, Rebecca
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Cocchini, Dr Gianna
BSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Cooper, Dr Andrew
BA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Cowie, Dr Dorothy
BA, DPhil, Lecturer in Psychology

Custance, Dr Deborah
BSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Davidoff, Professor Jules
BSc PhD DSc CPsychol FBPsS, Professor of Psychology

Fockert, Dr Jan de
MSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Freeman, Dr Jonathan
BSc MPhil PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

French, Professor Christopher
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS FRSA, Professor of Psychology

Gabbert, Dr Fiona
Reader in Psychology

Goddard, Dr Lorna
BSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Goldstein, Julie
Lecturer in Psychology 

Gregory, Dr Alice
BA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Guenole, Dr Nigel*  
BA (hons), MA, GradDipApplStat, PhD, Lecturer, Programme Director MSc Occ. Psych

Heaton, Professor Pam
BSc PhD, Professor of Psychology

Hill, Professor Elisabeth
BSc PhD CPsychol, Head of Department

Jones, Dr Alice
BSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Kovas, Dr Yulia
BA MA BSc MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Kuhn, Gustav
BSc, DPhil, Senior Lecturer in Psychology 

Kumashiro, Dr Madoka
BA BSc MA PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Linnell, Dr Karina J
MA MSc PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Lloyd, Dr Jo*
BSc MSc PhD CPsychol, Programme Director MSc Occ. Psych

McAnena, Dr Caoimhe
BSc D.Clin.Psych CPsychol, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Macdonald, Dr James
MPsy MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

MooreDr James
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

Müllensiefen, Dr Daniel
MA PhD, Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Pickering, Professor Alan
BA PhD, Professor of Psychology

Powell, Professor Jane
BA (Oxon), MPhil, PhD, CPsychol, Professor of Psychology, Pro-Warden Research and Enterprise

Pring, Professor Linda
PhD CPsychol AFBPsS, Professor of Psychology

Rix, Dr Caroline
BSc PhD CPsychol, Lecturer in Psychology

Rutland, Professor Adam
Professor of Psychology

Stewart, Dr Lauren
BSc MSc PhD, Reader in Psychology

Valentine, Professor Tim
BSc PhD CPsychol CSci FBPsS, Professor of Psychology 

Velzen, Dr José van
MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology

Von Stumm, Dr Sophie
BSc MSc PhD, Lecturer in Psychology 

* Now based at the Goldsmiths Institute of Management Studies

Emeritus Professors

Blumberg, Dr Herbert
BA MA PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS, Emeritus Reader

Fletcher, Professor Clive
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Smith, Professor Peter
BA PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Velmans, Professor Max
BSc PhD CPsychol FBPsS, Emeritus Professor

Visiting Fellows and Visiting Researchers

Blumberg, Dr Max 
Visiting Researcher

GruzelierProfessor John
Visiting Professor 

HalpernProfessor Andrea
Visiting Professor

Moore, Dr Viv 
BA MSc PhD Chart. Psych. ILTM, Visiting Research Fellow

Research staff

Ferrari, Eva
Research Associate

LeonardDr. Hayley
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lessiter, Dr Jane
BSc PhD, Research Fellow

Lindsen, Dr Job
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mason, Dr Luke
BSc, MSc, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Miotto, Mr Andrea
Research Fellow

Price, Susannah
Research Assistant

Rigato, Dr Silvia
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Williamson, Dr Vicky
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Manager

BSc MA MAUA, Departmental Business Manager

Systems and Software Developers

Davis, Robert 
BSc MSc MBCS CITP, Systems Developer

Hannent, Ian
MSci, Senior Software Developer / System Administrator

Smith, Dr Richard


Billingham, Richard 
Computer Technician

Douglas, Maurice 
HTEC Electronic Eng, Chief Technician 

Elliott, Liz 
Senior Technician

Yesson, Steve  
HNC, Computer Technician


Barry, Ms Denise 

Ivin, Mrs Margaret 
Clerical Assistant 

Larden, Mrs Nicky 
Clerical Assistant 

West, Ms Valerie

Weston, Mrs Sue
Departmental Secretary

Courses and structure

The programme comprises four core courses and three optional courses over one year of full-time study.

Core courses

Code Course title Credits
PS71048B Understanding and Treating Psychological Disorders 30 CATS

This lecture course will help students develop a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of psychological disorders, across a range of different populations. Many of the lectures and seminars will be delivered by external health service professionals, including clinical practitioners, managers, and clinical researchers. The sessions will encompass different theoretical and therapeutic perspectives, and introduce students to some of the key issues involved in delivering therapies in practice.

PS71049A Statistics and Experimental Design 15 CATS

This lecture course will cover the foundations of statistical theory and practice in research. Students will cover statistical techniques in the lectures, and learn to implement these techniques using statistical software in computer-based tutorials and workshops.

PS71050A Clinical Research Design and Analysis 15 CATS

This lecture course will introduce students to the fundamentals of clinical research design and further develop knowledge and skills in data analysis, particularly pertaining to the analysis of clinical data. The lecture topics include experimental research design, qualitative methods, survey design and clinical auditing. The lectures in this course will be supplemented by tutorials designed to develop and enhance skills in research design and analysis.

PS71071A Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology 15 CATS

This course will develop knowledge about how mental health services are organised and operated in the UK and introduce students to the key professional issues involved in practicing clinical psychology and related health professions, including ethics, cultural and ethnic diversity, and leadership and engagement.

It aims to develop critical and reflective thinking in relation to issues that arise in the professional practice of clinical psychology. The lectures will be supplemented by weekly seminars in which students are expected to debate and discuss in a more practical way the issues raised in lectures.

PS71051A Research Project 60 CATS

Students will undertake an independent Research Project under the supervision of an academic staff member as part of the programme. The research project could be focused on a clinical audit or service evaluation, and involve developing a detailed understanding of the way in which a particular clinical service operates on a day to day basis. This could potentially utilise existing data gathered by the service to describe demographic, clinical and functional characteristics of the service and to evaluate the outcomes for the client/patient group. In some cases, and subject to feasibility in the setting, the student may gather some additional data from staff and/or clients. Alternatively, the student could use the excellent laboratories and research facilities in the Department of Psychology to carry out an empirical research project with a strong clinical focus.

Optional courses (choice of three)

Code Course title Credits
PS71056A Neurodevelopmental Disorders 15 CATS


PS71058A Addictive Behaviours 15 CATS


PS71059A Topics in Neuropsychology 15 CATS


PS71060A Behavioural Genetics 15 CATS


PS71066A Psychology and Education 15 CATS


PS71066A Psychology and Education 15 CATS


PS71070A Social-Moral Development 15 CATS


tbc Self and Relationships 15 CATS


Skills and Careers


The programme is designed to provide a foundation for graduates who are interested in further developing the academic skills and experience needed to apply for UK Clinical Doctorate programs. It would also help develop skills and knowledge for those who seek to develop careers in the NHS and with private healthcare providers more generally, including careers in various Allied Health fields and NHS management. Lastly, the programme is designed to facilitate career progression for those already working in the health sector, by developing new academic skills and experience, particularly in relation to research design and analysis.


The programme will provide you with knowledge of theory and practical issues relevant to practice in the UK mental health services, with a particular focus on clinical psychology. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake research in clinical settings and analyse data. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research and career interests by conducting a research project under the supervision of a member of staff and relevant external health services staff.

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