Clinical Research 2

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 8
Friday 01 September 2023
Saturday 31 August 2024
10 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER C89F24 Applied Psychology,
DIP C89F24 Applied Psychology,
MSD C89F24 Applied Psychology,
DOCTC84036 Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)

Module description

This module aims to further develop specialist research-related competencies, building on the foundation of two previous modules (HS945 and HS763) completed in the first year of the DClinPsych training programme. Trainees learning and development will be supported by research tutors and other academic staff who will be available for trainees to discuss their developing research ideas. Module assessment involves submission of a Service Related Project (SRP).

Module aims

The second year clinical research module aims to develop trainees' competencies in relation to:

  • Methodologies such as qualitative interviews and focus groups

  • Considering issues relating to epistemology and phenomenology

  • Analysing qualitative data (e.g. thematic analysis)

  • Using ANOVA for experimental designs

  • Using regression for cross-sectional / longitudinal designs

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, trainees will be expected to:

  1. Be able to critically appraise the use of a broad range of qualitative and quantitative analysis methods and approaches

  2. Be able to overcome some of the practical and organisational barriers to research

  3. Have advanced knowledge of research design, including an advanced understanding of issues relating to sampling and ensuring reliability and validity of findings.

  4. Have advanced skills in conducting qualitative research including:

    • The ability to plan and conduct qualitative research interviews / focus groups

    • Bottom-up / top-down approaches in qualitative research

  5. Have a thorough understanding of issues relating to epistemology and phenomenology

  6. Be familiar with and competent in negotiating research ethics and conduct research in an ethical, autonomous and competent manner.

  7. Understand and be able to contribute to evidence informed developments in the field of clinical psychology as evidenced by the submission of a Small Scale Research Project (SRRP).

Module information

In the second year of training, trainees submit a Service Related Project (SRP) and continue to work on their theses in order to submit in April in the third year of training. This Module focuses on supporting trainees through the research process using a combination of teaching and workshops in which trainees
have the opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to their research.
The second year clinical research module aims to build on the foundation of the teaching and learning in the first year in order to:

Extend trainees' knowledge, understanding and skills of advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques for analysing data

Provide trainees with approaches to deal with potential barriers encountered in the research process (from obtaining ethical approval to communicating research to challenging audiences)

HS773 builds on skills acquired in HS763 and is aimed at further developing trainees' independent research skills. Each session focuses on the content areas (see below) as well as providing a research workshop in the second half of each teaching session, where general issues relating to trainees' research
are discussed and applications of teaching materials covered are considered.

Learning and teaching methods

The emphasis in the Clinical Research module is to ensure that trainees develop a broad understanding of topics relevant to conducting research within clinical psychology using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Within HS773, sessions are a mixture of:

  • Trainee led sessions in which the allocated trainees: summarize the content of the reading material in the form of a 5-10 minute presentation and lead a critical discussion of the material
  • Lectures with compulsory reading required before the session
  • Thesis workshops


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Service Related Project / Secondary Data Analysis  12/03/2024  100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr John Day, email: john.day@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Susan McPherson
E: dcpadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Magdalena Marczak
Coventry University
Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 50 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
50 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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