Taught course

Clinical Psychology (Doctorate)

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

The course currently attracts a high number of applicants and competition for the limited number of places is intense. Requirements for selection include a primary honours degree in psychology with at least an upper second class award or equivalent. Good research skills and relevant experience are essential. Candidates are required to hold graduate basis for registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

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
course is structured so that the academic teaching typically
takes place in term time for one and a half days per week. In
addition, each placement is preceded by a teaching block of
approximately four weeks duration. Students complete six
clinical placements during the course, each of approximately
five months duration, providing knowledge, skills and
experience to work with as wide a range of clients as possible.
Research training is continuous across the programme.
Course requirements include continuous clinical assessment,
examinations and a research portfolio combining reports
of clinical activity, small and large scale research projects
and demonstrating research competency across a range of
methodologies. Progress on the course is assessed by an
end-of-year review which each student must pass. Research
interests of staff include attachment theory, developmental
psychopathology, health psychology, research methods, ,
forensic psychology, risk perception, quality of life perception
and applied behaviour analysis. Students of the course are
employed by an approved health care provider and graduates
are required to complete an additional three-year contract of
employment with their sponsoring service provider.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Kevin Tierney
+353 1 896 2425/3915