Module code: PSY3127

Module Overview

This module builds on the abnormal and clinical psychology knowledge acquired in previous years. The course aims are twofold. First, to introduce mental health issues dealt with in contemporary clinical psychology and second, to develop a critical understanding of the theories, methods and applications within contemporary clinical psychology. Its objective is to demonstrate how an understanding of mental health and mental health issues can help understand and change mental health and its treatment within clinical psychology settings.

Module provider


Module Leader

MASON Oliver (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 120

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

You will be taught about different mental health issues by clinical psychologists working with different populations and researchers who have expertise in different clinical areas. Indicative content includes topics such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and psychosis.

Please note: Due to specialist clinical psychologists teaching on this module, some of the topics may change as teaching personnel change.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3-PAGE CASE STUDY 25

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate A critical understanding of: the theories and methods underpinning clinical psychology; the aetiology of psychological conditions and how psychological factors can influence wellbeing; and how psychological conditions can be treated and managed effectively. Evidence of engagement with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstration of critical evaluation of this literature.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • One 3 page case study assignment (25%)

  • One 120 minute seen examination, where students answer two questions (75%)


Formative assessment and feedback;

Module feedback Students will receive feedback on their case study assignment. If there are consistent themes emerging from the case study feedback, these will be discussed with students en masse. Should students wish for more detailed feedback on their own performance, they will be encouraged to meet with the case study marker.

Module aims

  • As stated, this module aims to familiarize students with mental health issues and their treatment within clinical psychology. It builds on previous knowledge of abnormal and clinical psychology, imparted at lower levels, and teaches how to assess mental health and types of treatment. The module invites students to look closely into a set of mental health problems, and issues encountered in clinical psychology and demonstrates the types of treatment for these problems and how the issues presented can be dealt with. Students are encouraged to engage critically with published research in each of the respective areas

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A critical understanding of the theories and methods underpinning clinical psychology KCPT
002 A critical understanding of the aetiology of psychological conditions and how psychological factors can influence wellbeing KC
003 A critical understanding of how psychological conditions can be treated and managed effectively KCPT
004 Evidence of engagement with the wider published literature surrounding key topic areas and demonstration of critical evaluation of this literature KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This module is made up of weekly lectures (1hr), seminars (1 hr) and guided learning activities (1hr). Each week there will be both lecture content and discussion. Students will be encouraged to actively participate and ask questions. Lecturers will seek to facilitate group discussion where possible.

Lecture slides will be available on Surreylearn at least 48 hours before each lecture. Surreylearn will be a key resource for supplementary materials, links, and a dedicated discussion board.

Students will be encouraged to engage with the wider, and recent, published literature for each of the key topics covered. Lecturers will provide key references that students will be required to familiarise themselves with. The module will be supported by a number of core textbooks to support an understanding of key theories and models; however, the emphasis is very much on engagement with journal articles and other recent publications.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: PSY3127

Other information

Employability: Students receive a talk from a recently qualified clinical psychology trainee from UoS together with an experienced clinical psychologist. 


Resourcefulness and Resilience: A self-directed approach to learning is expected at level 6 with sufficient materials supplied to enable assignment completion and exam preparation. 


Global and Cultural Capabilities: Cultural aspects of both mental health presentation and treatment approaches are covered in a number of topics, as well as integral to several of the case materials discussed in seminars. 

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.