What will I learn?

Our Clinical Psychology MRes is well-established and highly recognised by employers and trainers. Teaching is administered by renowned members of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Team, having excellent links between academic colleagues in the wider School and in the NHS.

The programme provides you with understanding and experience of the research methods and techniques appropriate for applied settings.

There is a taught component with a focus on the specialist skills and methods required to conduct and evaluate psychological research in clinical settings. There are also two research placements and a final research project which are all supervised by staff affiliated to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme or working in clinical areas.

Successful students should graduate with skills and experience to strengthen their applications for PhD research, DClinPsy training, clinical research and/or Assistant Psychologist posts.

Skills gained

The programme aims to provide you with understanding and experience of research methods and techniques appropriate for clinical and applied settings. You will gain skills in planning and conducting research and disseminating research outcomes. These will include:

  • Generating research questions
  • Designing projects which will answer those questions
  • Liaising with service users and professionals
  • Acting ethically, sensitively and professionally
  • Information handling
  • Data analysis
  • Critical evaluation

You will also gain transferable skills in teamwork and effective written and spoken communication, to facilitate entry into further research and/or clinical training in related disciplines.


This programme will equip you with research skills that will be helpful when working towards a career in clinical or other applied psychology fields, or in clinical research.

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£20,250.00 (US$ 27,690) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Birmingham



B15 2TT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need an honours degree from a recognised institution in the USA with a GPA of at least: 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:2 requirement; 3.2 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for entry to programmes with a 2:1 requirement.

For international students

Normally at least an upper second-class Honours degree in Psychology; however, candidates with other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Students need to have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to: TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing; Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills; Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About University of Birmingham

The university is known globally for its pioneering research – students benefit from trailblazing discoveries that impact international society.

  • One of the world’s top research-intensive universities
  • Based in Europe’s youngest city
  • 5 colleges offering hundreds of study options
  • Plenty of dedicated international student support

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