Clinical Psychology

Key programme benefits to future students
There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised:
• Academic Competence;
• Clinical Competence;
• Research Competence;
• Personal Development.

Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice and reflective practice.

Key Fact: The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is primarily based on the principles of life-span developmental psychology as applied in the clinical setting.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules
• Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology
• Research Methods
• Personal Development
• Child & Adolescent Clinical Placements
• Qualitative and Quantitative Research Projects

Year 2 Modules
• Adult Clinical Psychology
• Working with Older Adults
• Clinical Neuropsychology
• Personal Development
• Adult Mental Health Clinical Placement

Year 3 Modules
• Intellectual Disability Theory
• Intellectual Disability Clinical Placement
• Doctoral Research Dissertation
• Specialist/Elective Placement

Entry requirements

he selection process of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme is composed of two stages:

Stage 1:
Applicants must be eligible for graduate membership of PSI.

Applicants must, at the time of application, hold a primary honours degree with an award of 2H1 in Psychology or postgraduate diploma in Psychology (as recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Applicants who have a 2.2 Degree in Psychology and a recognised postgraduate qualification in Psychology at Masters level or higher may be considered for interview.

Applicants who have a 2.2 Degree in Psychology (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)and a recognised postgraduate qualification in Psychology at Masters level or higher may be considered for interview

Applicants with a primary degree from outside Ireland or the UK must supply proof of recognition of their degree by the PSI at the time of their application.

The degree must be at least at upper second-class honours level.

Practical and/or research experience relevant to clinical psychology is also required.

Stage 2:
As there are likely to be far more suitable applicants than places available, an interview shortlist will be prepared. The shortlist will be based on ratings of the relevant competencies derived from evidence presented in the application form, uploaded required documents and experience. The competencies include:

Intellectual ability – particularly related to psychological knowledge
Research competencies
Clinically related competencies and experience
Personal and professional development
Applicants should ensure the information provided on the application form speaks to these competencies.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a day-long interview assessment process.

A joint selection process between the University of Limerick and NUI Galway will take place and will be on the basis of competitive short-listing and interview of applicants.

Whilst this will be a joint selection process, applicants must apply separately to each course for which they wish to be considered.

Interviews will likely take place around Early April 2024.

What to include with your application:

A copy of your birth certificate/passport. Marked: 2024 Application Birth Certificate/Passport
A passport sized photo. Marked: 2024 Application Passport Photo
2 References - 1 Clinical (work related) Form and 1 Academic Reference Form - Please submit directly to no later than the closing date of 12th January 2024.
Summary CV - maximum of 2 pages. Marked: 2024 Application Summary CV
2024 Selection Work Experience Form
Qualification transcripts and certificates. Marked: 2024 Application Qualifications
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice.

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


3 years full-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Graduates are qualified to work as Clinical Psychologists.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time

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