Course Overview

The Doctor of Psychological Science in Clinical Psychology is a taught programme that provides professional training in clinical psychology. The programme is provided in partnership with clinical psychology services in the Health Services Executive and other agencies. The programme’s objective is to produce competent and capable clinical psychologists for the health service by providing high quality training in the clinical, academic and research elements of clinical psychology.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through coursework and the evaluation of clinical competence on placements. The coursework involves three essays, four Reports of Clinical Activity, Small Service-Related Research Projects, one Systematic Review, and one Large Scale Research Project/Thesis. Trainees must also complete and pass four supervised clinical placements. The thesis will be examined orally by external and internal examiners.

Key Facts

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.


Additional Requirements

Duration

3 years, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

12

Closing Date

To be advised

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYA37

Course Outline

This programme provides trainees with a thorough and integrated training in academic, practical and research aspects of clinical psychology through teaching blocks, supervised clinical placements and supervised clinically relevant research projects.

Clinical competence is developed in four supervised placements over the programme’s three years. The placements provide trainees with experience of clinical psychology practice under the supervision of experienced clinical psychologists. Trainees have placements in mental health settings, working with both child and adult clients, and in services for people with learning disabilities. Other placements include services for elderly people, rehabilitation services, services for people with acquired brain injury, services for people with addictions, and appropriate settings in general hospitals. The development of personal awareness and interpersonal sensitivity is fostered.

The DPsychSc (Clinical) Programme is accreditedby the Psychological Society of Ireland as a postgraduate
professional training course in clinical psychology.

The programme provides basic professional training in many areas of work, including adult clinical psychology, child and adolescent clinical psychology and intellectual disabilities.

Modules for 2016-17

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required PS6100: Applied Clinical Theory 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6100: "Applied Clinical Theory 1" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6101: Clinical Practice 1A


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6101: "Clinical Practice 1A" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6105: Theoretical Issues in Child Psych


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6105: "Theoretical Issues in Child Psych" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6103: Research Methods 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 20

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6103: "Research Methods 1" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6104: Theoretical Issues in Adult Mental health


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6104: "Theoretical Issues in Adult Mental health" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6102: Clinical Practice 1B


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6102: "Clinical Practice 1B" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 2 (90 Credits)

Required PS6106: Applied Clinical Theory 2


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6106: "Applied Clinical Theory 2" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6112: Theoretical Issues in Intellectual Disability


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6112: "Theoretical Issues in Intellectual Disability" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6111: Research Methods II


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6111: "Research Methods II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6107: Clinical Practice 2A


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6107: "Clinical Practice 2A" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6108: Clinical Practice 2B


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6108: "Clinical Practice 2B" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6109: Clinical Practice 3A


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6109: "Clinical Practice 3A" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6110: Clinical Practice 3B


Semester 1 | Credits: 15

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6110: "Clinical Practice 3B" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 3 (90 Credits)

Required PS6125: Research Methods III and Thesis


Semester 1 | Credits: 55

Final year thesis, culminating in viva voce with external examiner and submission of paper based on thesis for publication to an international peer-reviewed journal.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Prepare a large-scale piece of original research for presentation as a major thesis (this process includes data analysis, an extensive review of relevant literature, and reflection on research findings
  2. Condense and distill the key findings of the thesis according to the guidelines laid out for a relevant peer-reviewed journal that has been identified by the student and supervisor(s) as a suitable arena for academic dissemination
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics" by Field, A. P.
    Publisher: Sage
  2. "Research design in clinical psychology" by Kazdin, A.
    Publisher: Pearson
  3. "SPSS survival manual." by Pallant, J
    Publisher: Open University
  4. "Surviving your dissertation: A comprehensive guide to content and process" by Rudestam, K. E., & Newton, R.
    Publisher: Sage
The above information outlines module PS6125: "Research Methods III and Thesis" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6124: Clinical Practice 4B


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module involves a 4 month (16 weeks) advanced placement working under the supervision of an appropriately qualified clinical psychologist. The placement is monitored and supported by the course team. Examination will be by continuous assessment in the form of an evaluation of the trainee’s clinical competence during the placement using the detailed ‘Evaluation of Clinical Competency' form.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Assess a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
  2. Propose a psychological formulation for a a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
  3. Implement an intervention/treatment plan for a a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor. .
  4. Evaluate and report on treatment and assessment outcomes for a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6124: "Clinical Practice 4B" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6119: Clinical Practice 4A


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module involves a 7 month (28 weeks) advanced placement working under the supervision of an appropriately qualified clinical psychologist. The placement is monitored and supported by the course team. Examination will be by continuous assessment in the form of an evaluation of the trainee’s clinical competence during the placement using the relevant placement evaluation forms.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Assess a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
  2. Propose a psychological formulation for a a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
  3. Implement an intervention/treatment plan for a a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor. .
  4. Evaluate and report on treatment and assessment outcomes for a range of presenting problems within a specialised Clinical Psychology setting to a standard deemed satisfactory by their appointed Clinical Supervisor.
  5. Manage clinical caseload demands and demonstrate effective organisational skills within a healthcare setting.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PS6119: "Clinical Practice 4A" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6118: Applied Clinical Theory 4


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module covers Personal and Professional Development which aims to instill within the trainee effective reflective practice and self-care skills. The module is taught using a variety of experiential methodologies including role play and small group discussion. The student is encouraged to engage in personal reflection upon the experiences that have influenced their professional development over the course of their period of clinical training.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of their own personal and professional development needs.
  2. Show how to apply knowledge of racial, cultural and social issues to professional practice.
  3. Show an understanding of the change processes within the HSE and how these may impact upon the profession of clinical psychology.
  4. Prepare effectively for the transition to to a staff grade post in the Irish public health service.
  5. Demonstrate good case management and self-care skills.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Personal Development and Clinical Psychology" by Hughes, J. & Youngson, S.
    Publisher: Wiley
The above information outlines module PS6118: "Applied Clinical Theory 4" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PS6117: Applied Clinical Theory 3


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This course will normally deal with the practical application of clinical theory to intellectual disability. It will include skills in assessment, formulation and intervention. Examination will be by continuous assessment in the form of a ‘Report of Clinical Activity’ undertaken during supervised clinical placement.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Show that he/she can apply psychological skills to clinical problems affecting individuals with intellectual disabilities in a competent manner.
  2. Show evidence of good general therapeutic skills such as empathy and sensitivity.
  3. Demonstrate a respectful and non-judgmental attitude towards culture, ethnicity and gender in their clinical work with clients.
  4. Show how presenting problems are influenced by age, developmental stage, health and cognitive status
  5. Demonstrate that regardless of the therapeutic orientation utilised in a particular case, the trainee is able to adopt a Scientist-Practitioner approach involving an explicit psychological formulation.
  6. Re-assess and re-formulate the case as might be indicated.
  7. Show an appropriate degree of self-reflection with suggested implications for personal and professional development.
  8. Consider the relative strengths and deficits of the clinical case study presented.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice" by Carr, A., O’Reilly, G., Noonan Walsh, P. & McEvoy, J.
    Publisher: Routledge
  2. "Clinical psychology and people with intellectual disabilities" by Emersen, E., Hatten, C., Bromley, J. & Caine, A.
    Publisher: Wiley
  3. "The International Handbook of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities" by Emerson, E., Thompson, T., Parmenter, T. & Hatton, C
    Publisher: Wiley
  4. "Challenging Behaviour and Intellectual Disabilities: A Psychological Perspective." by Jones, R. S. & Eayers, C.B.
    Publisher: B.I.L.D. Publications
The above information outlines module PS6117: "Applied Clinical Theory 3" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist for professionally qualified clinical psychologists in a variety of health, forensic and social care settings. Opportunities may also be found in educational services and institutions. Most DPsychSc (Clinical) graduates take up employment in the HSE but a small number are also employed within agencies such as the Brothers of Charity Services and the Irish Prison Service.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€13,085 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€12,861 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

If you are being part-funded for this programme please forward (or scan) confirmation letter of funding to fees@nuigalway.ie

Example:

(1)Some students receive 60% funding so the student's  liability is 40%.  Payment details below:
60% funding = €7,851; 40% student €5,234 (payable 50% on registration and 50% by 31/01/2018);

(2)Some students receive 50% funding so the student's  liability is 50%.  Payment details below:
50% funding = €6,542.50; 50% student €6,542.50 (payable 50% on registration and 50% by 31/01/2018);

Find out More

Dr John Bogue
T: +353 91 493 266
E: clinicalpsychology@nuigalway.ie