Psychology - Clinical Psychology (for Qualified Clinicians)

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The Doctor of Psychological Science (DPsych.Sc.) in Clinical Psychology for Qualified Clinicians programme is designed for those who have a qualification in clinical psychology that pre-dated the introduction of doctoral-level training (i.e., Professional Diploma or Master's). The programme focuses on the development of clinical research skills and is assessed through a series of academic and research projects, including a research thesis.

The programme consists of three years of part-time study. The time commitment for class attendance is one day per week of lectures on research methods for approximately 12–14 weeks per year. Candidates will also be expected to dedicate the equivalent of 4–6 hours per week throughout the year in order to complete the work requirements of the course. In addition, candidates will attend occasional specialist workshops in research skills and statistics and meetings with their research supervisors.


1. The DPsychSc (Clinical) for Qualified Clinicians provides a thorough and comprehensive training in research design, quantitative and qualitative research skills.

2. The programme provides the opportunity to complete research projects of value to employers and health service agencies.

3. The programme provides an opportunity for candidates to upskill and upgrade their professional qualifications.

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Minimum Entry Requirements
Candidates must hold a degree or PDip in psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as granting eligibility for graduate membership of PSI. The qualification must be at least upper Second Class Honours level (barring exceptional circumstances). Qualifications deemed equivalent by the College of Arts may also be accepted. At least one year of practical and/or research experience relevant to clinical psychology is generally required. Successful applicants are expected to have a means of transport to enable them to participate in all elements of the programme, including undertaking supervised clinical placements in health settings.

GARDA VETTING/POLICE CLEARANCE: Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.


3 years full-time

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Career Opportunities
This part-time programme provides additional research training to those already holding a qualification in clinical psychology.


Research Areas

Forensic clinical psychology; suicide and parasuicidal behaviour; psychopathy; actuarial and clinical risk assessment; offending behaviour.

Health promotion; coronary heart disease; primary care; health behaviour change, communication in health care settings; blood donation.

Stress-illness relationship; cognitivebehavioural interventions with patients with breast cancer; psychoneuroimmunology.

Psychological time and process psychophysics and their relation to consciousness. Cognitive dysmetria as applied to any disorder, especially schizophrenia.

llness cognitions and health outcomes; coping and adjustment in chronic illness; self-management interventions for chronically ill patients.

Child health psychology; children's experiences including their understanding of psychological problems; child-centred research methodology.

Developmental psychology; cognitive aging; performance psychology; electrophysiological windows into brain functioning; happiness.

Psychological aspects of stress, in particular psychophysiological and cardiovascular reactivity. Individual differences and psychosocial factors that moderate stress responsivity.

Laboratory studies in health psychology,including blood pressure regulation, psychophysiological aspects of stress, and addictive processes; behavioural epidemiology.

Pain and its management; rehabilitation and illness; utilisation of health services.

Derived stimulus relations in adults and young children; applied behaviour analysis and autism; applications of behavioural principles in the treatment of autism.

Rehabilitation of acquired brain injury; management of chronic pain; abnormal illness behaviour. symptom magnification and malingering; learning disability and challenging behaviour.

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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