Taught course

Clinical Psychology

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
DClinPsy by taught

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree in Psychology as recognised by The Psychological Society of Ireland and one year of work experience relevant to clinical psychology. Short-listing & selection by interview will apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a full time three year professional course, leading to a Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology. Graduates are qualified to work as Clinical Psychologists. The programme is designed around the Accreditation Guidelines of the Psychological Society of Ireland for postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychology. There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised: (1) Academic Competence; (2) Clinical Competence; (3) Research Competence; (4) Personal Development. The programme is primarily based on the principles of life-span developmental psychology as applied in the clinical setting. There is a strong emphasis on empirically based theoretical orientations including psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioural theories. Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice and reflective practice.

  • To provide a programme that is academically rigorous to the highest standards of its international counterparts, that accords with the principles of best practice in professional education of clinical psychologists and that meets standards laid down by The Psychological Society of Ireland
  • To enable students to develop clinical practitioner skills through appropriate, supervised clinical placements in which clinical and research skills can be applied in a real world setting.
  • To engage students in academic and service-based research.
  • To promote student ability and commitment to practice within a strong ethical framework.
  • To provide the community with competent professional clinical psychologists to work in the health service

Programme Content

Year 1:
Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology, Research Methods, Personal Development, Child & Adolescent Clinical Placements, Qualitative and Quantatative Research Projects.

Year 2:
Adult Clinical Psychology, Working with Older Adults, Clinical Neuropsychology, Personal Development, Adult Mental Health Clinical Placement

Year 3:
Intellectual Disability Clinical Psychology, Personal Development, Clinical Placement, Thesis.

Each year contains academic, placement, research, specialist and professional development modules.


Clinical Psychologists to work in the Health Service, Voluntary Body Sector, The Prison Service and other related areas.

Qualification and course duration

DClinPsy by taught

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr. Barry Coughlan