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Clinical Psychology is that branch of psychology concerned with diagnosing and treatment of mental illnesses, emotional and behavioural disorders and psychiatric issues. The field combines the science of psychology with the treatment of complex human problems. The disorders that are treated under Clinical Psychology include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and learning disabilities. Clinical Psychologists work with patients from different backgrounds and capacities by treating their mental problems and helping them stay emotionally healthy.

A Clinical Psychology study program covers topics like organisational behaviour, developmental psychology, clinical neuropsychology, quantitative research and cognitive behavioural therapy. The goal of clinical psychology is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist their patients in identifying psychological issues and developing a treatment plan.

Students pursuing a Clinical Psychology degree are taught how to identify potential or existing disorders through tests, interviews and observations. They work with patients and design a program of treatment according to the patient's requirements. Treatment by clinical psychologists includes a number of psychotherapy approaches such as a behavioural approach, a cognitive approach, and interpersonal approach as well as the family approach. These focus on reducing symptoms of psychological disorders and promoting health and wellbeing. Throughout the course, students will develop useful transferable skills such as listening, critical thinking, empathy and problem-solving.


Study Levels:

Various colleges and universities around the world, at different levels, offer clinical Psychology degrees. These include:
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations
Bachelor of Science in Psychological Science
Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Psychology
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health
Master Degree in Psychology of Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
Master of Science in Health Psychology
Master of Science in Psychological Sciences
Master Degree in Counselling Psychology
Master of Science in Neuropsychology
Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Master of Science in Forensic and Legal Psychology
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. in Psychology
Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology
Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology
Ph.D. in Social Psychology


Clinical Psychology is a broad field that offers a number of areas of concentration that students can specialise in. These include:
Personality Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Socio-cultural Influences on Behaviour
Clinical Neuropsychology
Psychotherapeutic Intervention Techniques

Throwing Caps

Neurocognitive and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
Health Psychology
Multicultural Psychology

Forensic Psychology
Child, Family and Couple Psychology
Cognitive and Affective Basis of Behaviour
Social Psychology



Graduates with a degree in Clinical Psychology have access to a wide range of career opportunities, with lucrative salaries, in many fields around the world. They can find employment in a variety of environments such as schools, hospitals and clinics, businesses and research institutions.


    Job titles include:
    Counselling Psychologist
    Educational Psychologist
    Clinical Psychologist
    Child Care Worker
    Health Educator


    Forensic Psychologist
    Social Psychologist
    Substance Abuse Counsellor
    Human Resource Manager
    Child Psychologist
    Learning Disabilities Specialist
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