Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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.

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.

Duration: 3 years, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

Average intake: 12

Closing date: 26 February 2016

Mode of study: Taught

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.

Applications and selections

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

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.

Find out more

Dr John Bogue
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €13,085 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €12,861 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16

If you are being part funded for this programme please forward (or scan) confirmation letter of funding to


(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 31/01/2016);

(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 31/01/2016);

Graduate profile

Kate Burke
Graduate profile

Kate Burke

"I have enjoyed training at NUI Galway. The clinical psychology programme is small with a nice atmosphere with support from fellow students and academic staff. I like NUI Galway as although it is a large campus, it has a small, friendly, and relaxed community feel. I am currently in my final year of training on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at NUIG. When I finish my training I hope to work as a clinical psychologist and provide psychological support in a range of clinical settings."