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Clinical Psychology

The aim of this Doctorate is to prepare students for professional employment as clinical psychologists in the personal health and social services and for research and teaching in clinical psychology.

Applications are open - go to our website to download your application pack

Why Queen's?
Graduates are eligible for Chartered Psychologist with Clinical Status accreditation. On successful completion of the programme, student may apply to the health Care Professions Council for statutory registration which is required to practise as a Clinical psychologist in the UK.

The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and British Psychological Society, as the graduate basis for chartered membership. Those with a 2.2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also apply if they have also achieved a postgraduate qualification (eg Diploma/Masters) relevant to Clinical Psychology.

As the programme typically has in excess of 200 applicants per year who meet these essential criteria, application forms are shortlisted on the basis of desirable criteria. These are outlined in selection information but include evidence of four competencies: psychological knowledge and thinking; research skills; personal and professional development; and interpersonal skills.

Typically 48 applicants are shortlisted for interview. As successful applicants will be salaried during their time of study by the Department of Health and Social Services, European Union (EU) employment restrictions apply.

Normally salaried places cannot be offered to non-EU nationals. Applications from non-EU applicants who are able to self-fund, or who have other sources of funding, will be considered.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. (*Taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information: English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level. Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


3 years full-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.

Trainees are typically at the University 1-2 days per week and on clinical placement 3-4 days, although several 3-4 week teaching blocks are organised across the 3 years. Study and research time is scheduled

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
All graduates of this programme have successfully found employment, most as clinical psychologists in the NHS or voluntary sector. Some pursue careers in clinical practice in combination with academic/research posts.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Aiveen Higgins, Selection Coordinator
Caroline Sinclair, Course Administrator

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Advanced Psychological Interventions
Applied Research 1
Applied Research 2
Applied Research 3
Assessment and Formulation
Clinical Presentations of Adult and Childhood
Personal and Professional Development 1
Personal and Professional Development 2
Personal and Professional Development 3
Placement 1 (Foundations of Psychological Therapy)
Placement 2
Placement 3
Placement 4 (Specialist Services)
Placement 5 (Specialist Services)
Psychological Assessment
Psychological Therapies 1
Psychological Therapies 2
Specialist Clinical Presentations

In addition, students must also complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation on an approved topic.

All modules are compulsory.

Teaching and placement time occurs outside the normal semester schedule of the University. As employees of the DHSS, students are seconded full time to the professional doctorate.

Trainees are entitled to 27 annual leave days per year in addition to 10 statutory leave days. In addition, study and research leave is scheduled throughout the programme.

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Clinical, academic, research and personal and professional competencies are assessed through placement performance, academic and clinical coursework, research portfolio, examinations, in vivo examinations, and final research viva.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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