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Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

PREAMBLE

Uganda has suffered the trauma of war, serious poverty, the AIDS crisis with resultant deaths, increases of widowers, widows and orphans, and wars and other problems leading to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  These situations produce pervasive psychological disorders and physical disorders with their concurrent psychological concomitants to affect thousands of persons.  There are few hospitals and psychologically trained personnel to assist individuals to work through these disorders.  There is a profound need to educate mental health providers with the skills to care for these people not only in hospital settings but also in primary health care facilities in the villages and throughout the country.
Clinical psychology provides persons skilled in assessment, individual and group psychotherapy who are primary resources to work with such problems.  Uganda has not provided this education in the past, but the need to develop individuals so trained is beyond questioning.  In providing the M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology Makerere University would provide such skilled psychologists and psychotherapists to begin to meet the needs of primary mental health care.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates will hold a Second Class Upper with a 3-1-1 in Psychology or a 3-2-2 in psychology or majors and minors in psychology.  Persons with a good Second Class Lower will be given individual consideration.  Those who have majored in Psychology or graduated from the bachelor of Community Programme will receive preference in the selection process.
  • A person with a degree in medicine, Social Work or other compatible undergraduate degrees can become a candidate for the programme provided they make up the appropriate undergraduate psychology courses needed to proceed at the postgraduate level Clinical Psychology programme.
  • Applicant to the Msc. Clinical Psychology program will be invited to do an in take interview

Structure of the Program

  1. The course includes four 17-week semesters of full-time study.
  2. A supervised child practicum, plus internal and external supervised psychotherapy practica in the second year, must be successfully completed.
  3. Original research must be presented in the form of a dissertation

Course Structure

Course Code Course Name Lecture Hour Practical Hour Total Hour Credit Units
Year 1- Semester 1
CLIN 7101 Professional and Ethical Studies
45
45
3
CLIN 7102 Theories of psychotherapy
45
45
3
CLIN 7103 Adult psychopathology and phenomenology I
45
45
3
CLIN 7104 Neuro psychology 
45
45
3
CLIN 7105 Clinical Psychology Technique and practice
15
15
30
2
CLIN 7106 Practicum exposure
30
30
2
 
16
Year 1- Semester 2
CLIN 7201 Child psychopathology and phenomenology
45
45
3
CLIN 7202 Adult psychopathology and phenomenology II
45
45
3
CLIN 7203 Family and Group Psychotherapy 
45
45
3
CLIN 7204 Child and adolescent psychotherapy
45
45
3
CLIN 7205 Child assessment
45
45
3
 
15
Year 1 Recess term
CLIN 7301 Research Methodology and Academic Writing
30
30
2
CLIN 7302 Child Practicum 
45
180
225
9
CLIN 7303 Proposal Presentation/ Case write Up
60
60
4
 
15
Year 2-Semester I
CLIN 8102 Psychotherapy Technique and Practice  ( Adult)
30
30
2
CLIN 8103 Health Psychology 
45
45
3
CLIN 8104 Adult Assessment
45
45
3
CLIN 8105 Adult Practicum
45
180
225
6
CLIN 8106 Dissertation/ Case write Up
60
60
4
 
18
Year 2- Semester II
CLIN 8201 Community Intervention
45
45
3
CLIN 8202 Internship
75
75
5
CLIN 8203 Dissertation/ Case write Up
60
60
4
  Elective( Student will select One)
45
45
3
 
15
Electives
CLIN 8204 Psychosocial Care of the Dying and Bereaved
45
45
3
CLIN 8205 Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy
45
45
3
CLIN 8206 Gender Issues In Psychotherapy
45
45
3