Taught course

Clinical Psychology

Trinity College Dublin · School of Psychology
DClinPsy by taught

Entry requirements

Applicants will be formally required to hold at least an upper second class honours primary degree in Psychology from a recognised University Course, which confers eligibility for graduate registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland. A candidate's demonstrated interest in the field of clinical psychology and research competence will also be taken into account.

Please note: As trainees are employees of the Health Service Executive (HSE) or other approved Health Care Provider, we require that applicants have the right to work in Ireland without restriction. Non-EEA applicants are therefore not considered unless they have a pre-existing right to work in Ireland for the duration of the course and the required three years after completion.

Months of entry


Course content

Within the three years, the course provides an intensive and systematic programme of training, equipping each student to meet the challenges facing clinical psychology and to make a unique contribution to the Irish Health Services.

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is designed to provide high quality post-graduate professional training in Clinical Psychology leading to the award of a doctoral qualification. The course is designed to produce clinical psychologists who are equipped with the skills to respond flexibly to the changing demands of the Irish health and related services. A core value in the course is the emphasis on linking theory and practice, informed by the reflective scientist practitioner philosophy of integrated training in research methods, academic knowledge and clinical experience.

The course comprises three major components: (i) research training, (ii) academic training and (iii) clinical placements. Students currently spend approximately 55% of course time on clinical placement. The remainder is divided between the taught academic programme and research activity. There will also be block teaching modules throughout the three years of training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DClinPsy by taught
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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