Applied Clinical Psychology vs Clinical Neuropsychiatry

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dilushi98
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Applied Clinical Psychology vs Clinical Neuropsychiatry

Post by dilushi98 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:45 pm

Hello,

I have just graduated with a bsc psychology degree and got a 2:1. I am going to be doing Masters from September. In the future i would like to apply for a Clinical psychology doctorate programme.

I am stuck between two MSc programmes: an applied Clinical Psychology msc at the University of Bath and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme at the University of Birmingham. I am aware that the Clinical Neuropsychiatry has a lot of Neuroscience background, and in case i wont get into the Clinical Psychology doctorate programme it will be helpful with that.
However i am not sure if it will actually help with the Clinical Psychology doctorate. Will it matter which Msc i do for the doctorate.

I would like Birmingham more since its closer, but i am just stuck on the decision.

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Re: Applied Clinical Psychology vs Clinical Neuropsychiatry

Post by firegal » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:05 pm

Others who have actually shortlisted on the course may be able to correct me on this, but my sense from discussions here is that if you already have an appropriate psychology degree then the primary purpose of a masters is to demonstrate your academic capabilities, and either one of the programmes you have described would do that.
I am a Birmingham grad myself and really enjoyed the MRes I completed there, so usually I'd be singing the praises of any UoB course suggested, but it is worth paying attention to the fact that the MSc that you are describing is run by the med school. Although they have said it is open to psychology grads, you are unlikely to have much contact with the school of psychology. One of the biggest things I gained from my MRes was connections and working relationships with psychologists, many of which I have maintained in the years since, I suspect that would be missing from the Neuropsychiatry course and to my mind would be a real vote against it.

I'm curious if Birmingham is a better fit location wise, why you aren't looking at the Clinical Psychology MRes? Or if it's neuroscience you're after, the Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, both of these sit under the school of psychology and would be much more applicable to the clin psy journey.

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Post by dilushi98 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:06 pm

Hello,

I have just graduated with a bsc psychology degree and got a 2:1. I am going to be doing Masters from September. In the future i would like to apply for a Clinical psychology doctorate programme.

I am stuck between two MSc programmes: an applied Clinical Psychology msc at the University of Bath and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme at the University of Birmingham. I am aware that the Clinical Neuropsychiatry has a lot of Neuroscience background, and in case i wont get into the Clinical Psychology doctorate programme it will be helpful with that.
However i am not sure if it will actually help with the Clinical Psychology doctorate. Will it matter which Msc i do for the doctorate.

I would like Birmingham more since its closer, but i am just stuck on the decision.

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Post by PinkFreud19 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:52 pm

dilushi98 wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Hello,

I have just graduated with a bsc psychology degree and got a 2:1. I am going to be doing Masters from September. In the future i would like to apply for a Clinical psychology doctorate programme.

I am stuck between two MSc programmes: an applied Clinical Psychology msc at the University of Bath and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme at the University of Birmingham. I am aware that the Clinical Neuropsychiatry has a lot of Neuroscience background, and in case i wont get into the Clinical Psychology doctorate programme it will be helpful with that.
However i am not sure if it will actually help with the Clinical Psychology doctorate. Will it matter which Msc i do for the doctorate.

I would like Birmingham more since its closer, but i am just stuck on the decision.
Hi Dilushi,

I can't speak for either course, but I completed the MSc in Applied Neuropsychology at Bristol University, which was a great blend of academic neuropsychology and also clinical aspects (interventions and cognitive assessment). It's jointly run by clinical psychologists and really helps with understanding the role of clinical psychology in neuro settings as well as familiarising yourself with psychological language.

dilushi98
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Re: Applied Clinical Psychology vs Clinical Neuropsychiatry

Post by dilushi98 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:40 am

Hi Firegal,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately i cant apply to the Clinical Psychology mres programme as the deadlines for the applications are now closed, and the reason i did not apply for the Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc is because it is more likely to lead to a research path.

In the Clinical neuropsychiatry programme it does say that some of the students who have completed the programme have gone into Clinical Psychology doctorate programmes, hence why i think it might help. Although, i am unsure as to whether i will be in disadvantage compared to biomed/neuroscience undergraduates, in case the programme is very science based, and if i will struggle.
Additionally, i think in case i wont get into the ClinPsy Doc, i think the msc in clinical neuropsychiatry might lead into other career paths ??
Looking forward to your reply, thanks in advance :)
Dilushi
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Re: Applied Clinical Psychology vs Clinical Neuropsychiatry

Post by dilushi98 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:41 pm

firegal wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:05 pm
Others who have actually shortlisted on the course may be able to correct me on this, but my sense from discussions here is that if you already have an appropriate psychology degree then the primary purpose of a masters is to demonstrate your academic capabilities, and either one of the programmes you have described would do that.
I am a Birmingham grad myself and really enjoyed the MRes I completed there, so usually I'd be singing the praises of any UoB course suggested, but it is worth paying attention to the fact that the MSc that you are describing is run by the med school. Although they have said it is open to psychology grads, you are unlikely to have much contact with the school of psychology. One of the biggest things I gained from my MRes was connections and working relationships with psychologists, many of which I have maintained in the years since, I suspect that would be missing from the Neuropsychiatry course and to my mind would be a real vote against it.

I'm curious if Birmingham is a better fit location wise, why you aren't looking at the Clinical Psychology MRes? Or if it's neuroscience you're after, the Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, both of these sit under the school of psychology and would be much more applicable to the clin psy journey.
Hi Firegal,

Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately i cant apply to the Clinical Psychology mres programme as the deadlines for the applications are now closed, and the reason i did not apply for the Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc is because it is more likely to lead to a research path.

In the Clinical neuropsychiatry programme it does say that some of the students who have completed the programme have gone into Clinical Psychology doctorate programmes, hence why i think it might help. Although, i am unsure as to whether i will be in disadvantage compared to biomed/neuroscience undergraduates, in case the programme is very science based, and if i will struggle.
Additionally, i think in case i wont get into the ClinPsy Doc, i think the msc in clinical neuropsychiatry might lead into other career paths ??
Looking forward to your reply, thanks in advance :)
Dilushi

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Re: Hello: Introduce yourself here!

Post by dilushi98 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:43 pm

PinkFreud19 wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:52 pm
dilushi98 wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:06 pm
Hello,

I have just graduated with a bsc psychology degree and got a 2:1. I am going to be doing Masters from September. In the future i would like to apply for a Clinical psychology doctorate programme.

I am stuck between two MSc programmes: an applied Clinical Psychology msc at the University of Bath and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry programme at the University of Birmingham. I am aware that the Clinical Neuropsychiatry has a lot of Neuroscience background, and in case i wont get into the Clinical Psychology doctorate programme it will be helpful with that.
However i am not sure if it will actually help with the Clinical Psychology doctorate. Will it matter which Msc i do for the doctorate.

I would like Birmingham more since its closer, but i am just stuck on the decision.
Hi Dilushi,

I can't speak for either course, but I completed the MSc in Applied Neuropsychology at Bristol University, which was a great blend of academic neuropsychology and also clinical aspects (interventions and cognitive assessment). It's jointly run by clinical psychologists and really helps with understanding the role of clinical psychology in neuro settings as well as familiarising yourself with psychological language.


Was the course very science based? What are you doing now ?

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Re: Hello: Introduce yourself here!

Post by PinkFreud19 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:52 pm

dilushi98 wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:43 pm
Was the course very science based? What are you doing now ?
I'd say it was more clinically focused actually. There were a total of four modules, if I remember correctly. One was focused on the academic-based aspects of neuropsychology i.e. the neuroanatomy and imaging techniques. The second was about neuropsychological diseases and disorders. One was about cognition and assessment and the final related to clinical interventions and rehabilitation. So out of the four core modules, three were directly related to clinical psychology.

Moreover, the modules on intervention and assessment are really quite specialist, and provide knowledge to quite a high level. These modules are really useful for neuropsychology based AP posts, because cognitive assessment is a common role in these jobs. There's also the opportunity to complete a clinical project, which may provide patient-facing experience. I found that the three clinical modules helped me to learn and assimilate clinically appropriate use of language and understand the bio-psycho-social framework, which I honestly had no idea of previously.

I'd really think about what you want the masters to add to your arsenal. I found the Bristol MSc useful because it provided me with specialist clinical psychological knowledge and highly relevant, albeit brief, clinical experience, which helped secure my first AP post. However, it would be less desirable than a research-focused masters for those who may have achieved a low 2:1 or a 2:2 in their UG and need to demonstrate a high degree of academic capability (for context, I got 64% in my UG and a high distinction in my masters, which was evidently seen as sufficient to gain a place on training).

Just a side note; not everyone who does the masters gets clinical experience via the project, and this is potentially not available every year. It might be useful to contact the course and inquire about the current opportunities regarding this and I wouldn't rely upon it alone to get you to the next level.

Right now I am just finishing up in my AP position and will start clinical training in September.

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