Clinical Research 3

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

DOCTC84036 Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)

Module description

This third year module focuses on supporting trainees on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych) Programme in producing their thesis, and to provide trainees with further support in working towards the dissemination of their findings.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To further develop trainees’ research identity and role through mini conferences and a broader student conference.

  • To provide support (online material etc.) relating to trainees’ specialist areas of research.

  • To support trainees in the process of writing and submitting a dissertation through a focus on viva and writing up workshops.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Submit a 40,000 word dissertation for examination.

  2. Have the skills required to present their findings in a range of forums including in the form of a written thesis, the thesis viva, future publications and feedback to other stakeholders.

  3. Be capable of independent research, contributing to the research base for the profession of clinical psychology.

Module information

This module is aimed at supporting trainees in the write up of a 40,000 word dissertation within the field of clinical psychology. It builds on previous research modules within the DClinPsych Programme (HS763, HS773) and consolidates trainees' skills and understanding with special reference to their particular area of research for their dissertation.

HS783 is the final Clinical Research module in the 3-year DClinPsych programme and is aimed at providing trainees with contact time with peers as well as with research tutors to support all aspects of producing the thesis and further disseminating findings; in addition to the ongoing supervision trainees receive from their thesis supervisors.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is taken in the third year of the DClinPsych training programme and is aimed at supporting trainees in the final stages of writing up their dissertation. Unlike previous years, this module assumes that trainees have acquired the general skills required for gathering and analysing data. It provides trainees with additional support relating to generic issues involved in these processes, as well as further support in preparing for presenting their results in a variety of forums including the dissertation, conferences etc.

Individual supervision supplements group sessions and a pragmatic “hands on” approach is followed, focusing on the problem-based learning opportunities presented in the course of preparing for submitting the dissertation. Trainees attend a SHSC student conference where they present their research and are provided with a workshop to help prepare for the viva voce thesis examination.

Lectures are minimised to allow time for writing-up and the focus is on use of individual supervision specific to individual needs in which trainees discuss and address issues relating to their thesis research. Additionally, lectures are provided on writing for publication. There is also a viva workshop, which is aimed at preparing trainees for the viva.


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

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

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



External examiner

Ms Lizette Nolte
Available via Moodle
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0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
10 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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