Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Principles of Clinical Psychology 4H PSYCH4081

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

To develop students' knowledge and critical evaluation of the core skills (Assessment, Formulation, Intervention, Evaluation, Communication, Research and Reflection) in contemporary practice.


5 weeks (2 hours per week)

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of level 3H psychology single honours

Excluded Courses





Group Case Study (2,500 words) worth 80% of the grade. Students will also individually create either a historical (recognition, diagnosis and evolution of treatment) or a lifespan (recognition, diagnosis, psychological and pharmacotherapy interventions, prevalence, incidence) timeline for disorder X in a presentation format (see 3 minute format style) (20%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To develop students' knowledge in the basic principles of Clinical Psychology and equip them with the skills relevant to understand the context of the work of a clinical psychologist. Students will be introduced to the core skills (Assessment, Formulation, Intervention, Evaluation, Communication, Research and Reflection) used by clinical psychologists.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Evaluate the core skills used by clinical psychologists in a range of clinical settings

■ Evaluate the development of psychology based interventions and their theoretical underpinnings 

■ Evaluate current guidelines for treatment drawing from examples of complex psychological disorders

■ Reflect on the historical context of clinical psychology as well as the current political and cultural context of the practice of clinical psychology

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.