Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology


Applications are invited for the PhD. (Clinical Psychology), a three-year full-time professional educational programme.  The programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland. The programme will commence in September 2020.

Trainees are sponsored by the Health Service Executive (HSE) - salary and fee contribution - with successful graduates contracted to the HSE for a fixed post-qualification period

Applicants must, at the time of application, hold a primary degree in psychology or a postgraduate diploma in psychology, recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as conferring eligibility for graduate membership of the Society. 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.  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. 


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


A joint selection process between UL and NUI Galway will take place and will be on the basis of competitive shortlisting and interview of applicants. Although a joint selection process, applicants must apply separately to each course for which they wish to be considered.  Interviews will take place in early April 2020.

Applications for UL open 18th November 2019 and close 10th January 2020. They must be submitted online here

In addition to the online application we require fully completed academic and work references to be submitted directly to the dedicated email address no later than the same closing date of 10th January 2020.

It is each applicants’ responsibility to ensure that all application material including fully completed references are submitted by the 10th January 2020 closing date.


Open Evening: For potential applicants requiring more information, our Clinical Psychology Team will host an Open Evening on Tuesday 26th November. The venue is Room C1061 in our Main University Building and will run from 17.30pm until 19.00pm.