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You’re fascinated by human behaviour, emotions, and relationships, and want to make a real difference to people’s lives. On our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree course, you’ll learn the main principles of psychology and how they’re applied in healthcare settings.
Together, we’ll explore the science behind what we do and who we are, with a strong focus on clinical and developmental psychology, mental health, and therapies and interventions. You’ll also develop the scientific, analytical and research skills you need to become a psychologist.
By studying psychology at ARU, you’ll immerse yourself in the science of mind and behaviour – and take the first step towards a career as a chartered psychologist, or training as a clinical psychologist.
A psychologist is someone who has completed an undergraduate degree that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), such as our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology.
Psychologists may register with the BPS after graduation, and advance in their career through experience and further training.
Psychologists tend to work with healthier individuals who are experiencing issues such as stress, low self-esteem, bereavement, or relationship difficulties. Alternatively, they could work in psychological research, or use their knowledge of psychology in industry settings.
A clinical psychologist is someone who has gone on to complete a three-year doctoral training programme after attaining a BPS accredited undergraduate degree.
As well as the BPS, clinical psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. They usually specialise in particular issues or populations, and continue to develop their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.
Clinical psychologists are qualified to work with individuals with all types of mental health difficulties, including those who are experiencing more severe and complex issues such as psychosis and personality disorders.
Training to be a psychologist
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree course will help you understand people: their behaviour, emotions and thoughts.
It will also broaden your understanding of illness and healthcare, as you consider the links between psychological disorders and people’s overall health and wellbeing. We’ll look at how you can assess the whole person through observation, interviews, tests and research. We’ll also learn about treatments in areas such as clinical psychology and cognitive neuropsychology.
You’ll learn from expert tutors who are actively engaged in psychological research. And you can take advantage of our specialist facilities too, including laboratories for measuring electrical activity in the brain, eye movement, psychoneuroimmunology, emotions and communication, psychometrics, and much more.
Outside of the lab, there’s the chance to join weekly seminars from guest speakers and take an optional placement year where you’ll gain valuable experience in the field of psychology.
After graduation, you’ll be ready to continue your professional training and prepare for a career in clinical psychology.
Psychology degrees at ARU
This is just one of the undergraduate psychology degrees that we offer in Cambridge. You can also choose to study BSc (Hons) Psychology, or BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, both of which are also BPS accredited.
What qualifications do you need to be a psychologist?
Once you have graduated from our BPS accredited Psychology and Clinical Psychology degree course, you can register with the BPS and call yourself a psychologist.
You may wish to complete additional training in order to specialise in an area of psychology or type of therapy that particularly interests you, and boost your credentials, experience, and employability in the field of psychology.
How long does it take to train to be a psychologist?
You can register with the BPS as a psychologist after graduating from our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Clinical Psychology. This degree course takes three years, though you also can study it for four years by taking a foundation or placement year.
What is the study of clinical psychology?
While psychology students learn about the science behind human behaviour, thoughts and emotions, clinical psychology students learn how psychological methods and principles are used to directly diagnose and treat individuals who are experiencing psychological difficulties.
Our Psychology and Clinical Psychology degree course is designed to equip you with a thorough understanding of the principles of psychology, and prepare you to train as a clinical psychologist should you wish to do so.
What qualifications do you need to be a clinical psychologist?
To become a clinical psychologist, you must complete a BPS accredited undergraduate degree such as our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Clinical Psychology course, and a three-year doctoral training course.
Most clinical psychologists work in a clinical environment for 2-3 years between completing their undergraduate degree and starting their doctoral training, in order to gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experience and make sure they definitely want to work in clinical psychology.
There is high competition for places on doctoral training programmes, so any additional experience will help your application stand out.
How many years does a clinical psychologist train for?
A clinical psychologist trains for a total of at least six years on their undergraduate and doctoral courses, but they will continue to update and upgrade their knowledge and skills throughout their career.
Going to university can offer you a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. As part of your course, you could study abroad with one of our short-term Global Experience programmes. Opportunities include summer schools and placements, lasting from one to four weeks and funded by ARU’s UK Turing Scheme grants.
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Monitor physiological and brain activity in our specialist labs and analyse biomarkers such as cortisol and testosterone in saliva and hair samples.
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At ARU you’ll be based in our £45m Science Centre. It opened in 2018 and features a range of psychology labs including:
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Achieve a second-class honours degree or above, and you’ll be eligible for graduate chartered membership of the British Psychological Society. It’s your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.
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Once you’ve completed our Psychology with Clinical Psychology degree course, you’ll be able to register with the BPS as a graduate chartered member.
You could use your psychological knowledge and research, analytical, and communication skills to promote mental health or solve problems in a variety of workplaces.
You might undertake further training and become a counsellor or other type of therapist. Alternatively, you could embark on a career in psychological research at a university or government organisation, or in industry or the charity sector.
After gaining sufficient experience in clinical settings, you can train as a clinical psychologist by undertaking a three-year doctoral training course. As a clinical psychologist, you’re likely to work in the NHS, diagnosing and treating patients in in settings such as hospitals, community mental health teams, or child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). There are also options to work in private practice.
Graduation doesn't need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies, we offer a range of postgraduate degrees including MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology, MSc Clinical Child Psychology, and MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"I’ve conducted my own research [which] has allowed me to gain first-hand experience of what it means to be a psychologist."Louise Kelly
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