Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
3 Years
NFQ Level 10 Major Award
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Prof. Patrick Ryan
Name: Maria Rodriguez

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Brief Description

Virtual Open Evening: For potential applicants requiring more information, our Clinical Psychology Team will host an Open Evening on Wednesday 06th December 2023. This will be held online, using MS Teams, and will run from 6.00pm until 7.00pm.

Please click on the link attached to access this meeting.

Applications for 2024 will close on Friday the 12th January 2024 at 6pm 

The Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme is a full time three-year postgraduate professional course, leading to a Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology, designed to train psychologists to be eligible for appointment as Clinical Psychologists in the health services.

There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised: (1) Academic Competence; (2) Clinical Competence; (3) Research Competence; (4) Personal Development. Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice, and reflective practice.

For FAQ's for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology  click here  

The Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme is a full-time, three-year postgraduate professional course in clinical psychology, designed to train psychologists to be eligible for appointment as Clinical Psychologists in the health services.

The programme is delivered in partnership between the University and Health Services Executive (HSE) and other organisations. Each student is offered a specified purpose contract of employment for 3 years as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist with the HSE or other organisations.

Most placements will take place in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Area. However, they may be located anywhere in Ireland. Trainees must be available to travel to placements beyond County Limerick.  Acceptance of a place on the programme will require a commitment to travel to various placement locations.

As well as completing placements and study in Adult Mental Health, Intellectual Disability and Autism, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and Elective areas, trainees also receive support for Personal and Professional Development, and an advanced training in clinical research leading to a research thesis at the end of year 3.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Adult Clinical Psychology

Lifespan Disability Theory

Research Methods

Working with Older Adults

Lifespan Disability Clinical Placement

Personal and Professional Development

Clinical Neuropsychology

Doctoral Research Dissertation

Child & Adolescent Clinical Placements

Personal and Professional Development

Specialist/Elective Placement

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Projects

Adult Mental Health Clinical Placement


Each year contains Academic Placement, Research and Specialist & Professional Development Modules

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

The selection process of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme is composed of two stages:

Stage 1:

Applicants must be eligible for graduate membership of PSI.

Applicants must, at the time of application, hold a primary honours degree with an award of 2H1 in Psychology or postgraduate diploma in Psychology (as recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Applicants who have a 2.2 Degree in Psychology and a recognised postgraduate qualification in Psychology at Masters level or higher may be considered for interview. 

Applicants who have a 2.2 Degree in Psychology (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland)and a recognised postgraduate qualification in Psychology at Masters level or higher may be considered for interview

Applicants with a primary degree from outside Ireland or the UK must supply proof of recognition of their degree by the PSI at the time of their application.

The degree must be at least at upper second-class honours level.

Practical and/or research experience relevant to clinical psychology is also required. 


Stage 2:

As there are likely to be far more suitable applicants than places available, an interview shortlist will be prepared. The shortlist will be based on ratings of the relevant competencies derived from evidence presented in the application form, uploaded required documents and experience. The competencies include:

  • Intellectual ability – particularly related to psychological knowledge
  • Research competencies
  • Clinically related competencies and experience
  • Personal and professional development

Applicants should ensure the information provided on the application form speaks to these competencies.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a day-long interview assessment process.

A joint selection process between the University of Limerick and NUI Galway will take place and will be on the basis of competitive short-listing and interview of applicants.

Whilst this will be a joint selection process, applicants must apply separately to each course for which they wish to be considered

Interviews will likely take place around Early April 2024.

What to include with your application:

  1. A copy of your birth certificate/passport. Marked: 2024 Application Birth Certificate/Passport
  2. A passport sized photo. Marked:  2024 Application Passport Photo
  3. 2 References - 1 Clinical (work related) Form and 1 Academic Reference Form - Please submit directly to no later than the closing date of 12th January 2024. 
  4. Summary CV - maximum of 2 pages. Marked: 2024 Application Summary CV
  5. 2024 Selection Work Experience Form 
  6. Qualification transcripts and certificates. Marked: 2024 Application Qualifications

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice.

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate.

EU : €14,630 per annum*

Non EU: €37,600 per annum*

*Please note year 2 and year 3 fees are subject to change

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

Clinical psychologists provide a variety of services including assessment, therapy, and consultancy where emotional, behavioural, psychiatric or developmental difficulties are addressed.

Career opportunities exist for professionally qualified clinical psychologists in a variety of health, prison services and social care settings. Opportunities may also be found in educational services and institutions.