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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D Psych Sc)

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a 3 year research degree and professional training programme in clinical psychology. The course is fully accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.


The central objective of the course is to train postgraduates to a level which will enable them to work safely, competently and ethically as a basic grade clinical psychologist and to provide a foundation for later specialization through continuing professional development. Postgraduates graduating from the course should be able to

  • provide assessment and treatment services to a wide range of client groups including children and adults with psychological problems and disabilities
  • use their academic knowledge to solve clinical problems and provide consultancy and teaching services to colleagues and clients and
  • use their research skills to answer questions, raised within the health services, which require an empirically based answer.

Within the Doctoral programme the psychologist's role is conceptualized as that of a professional scientist-practitioner who works within a shared care model of multidisciplinary health service delivery. The psychologist as a professional is guided by codes of ethics and practice such as those laid down by the Psychological Society of Ireland. As a scientist, the psychologist brings knowledge of the findings of the science of psychology and the methods used to investigate problems scientifically to bear on clinical practice and health service delivery. As a practitioner, the psychologist is skilled in specific assessment and intervention methods and is sensitive to the way in which personal psychological strengths and vulnerabilities impinge upon skilled clinical practice. The importance of contributing a uniquely psychological perspective to multidisciplinary team practice is a central part of the clinical psychologists role.

Administration & Staff
The day-to-day running of the programme is managed by Muriel Keegan, Programme Administrator, Dr Gary O'Reilly, Programme Director; Professor Alan Carr, Programme Director; Dr Barbara Dooley, Research Co-ordinator; Sara Hollwey, Clinical Co-ordinator, and Dr. Jessica Bramham, Academic Co-ordinator.

Academic staff from the School of Psychology and clinical supervisors from the course placements are involved in teaching, research supervision and the supervision of clinical practice. The Course Advisory Committee develops course policy. This committee includes the course team, the Head of the School of Psychology, and representatives of the sponsoring health agencies and representatives of the postgraduates.


Please note there is no on-line application method for this programme. A completed set of application materials should reach our office before the specified time and date.

For future intake information please go to Admissions & Selection

Queries may be addressed to the Course Administrator at +353-1-7168120 and/or e-mail