Psychology - Clinical Psychology (for Qualified Clinicians)

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.

Entry requirements

The programme is intended for those who have previously obtained a qualification in Clinical Psychology such as a Masters or Professional Diploma. The programme is intended as a “top up” Doctoral qualification.

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 is required for this programme.

Admission to the programme will be based on the following criteria: (a) Applicants must demonstrate that they are eligible for Full Membership of the PSI Clinical Division (b) Applicants other than those who are self-employed must provide written evidence of approval from their employer to undertake the course.


3 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next start date September 2024

Post Course Info

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

Successful completion of the programme awards a Doctorate of Psychological Science (DPsychSc) in Clinical Psychology to those already holding a qualification in clinical psychology that pre-dates the introduction of Doctoral-level training (i.e., Professional Diploma or Masters). 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.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    DPsychSc (Clinical)

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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