Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
The Doctor of Psychological Science (DPsychSc) in Clinical Psychology is a taught doctoral programme that provides professional training in clinical psychology. The programme is provided in partnership with clinical psychology services in the Health Services Executive and other health service agencies. The overall objective of the programme is to produce competent and capable clinical psychologists for the Irish health service, through the provision of high quality training in the clinical, academic and research elements of clinical psychology.
The programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland as a postgraduate professional training course in clinical psychology. The programme provides basic professional training in many areas of work, including adult clinical psychology, child and adolescent clinical psychology and intellectual disabilities.
Candidates must hold a degree or PDip in psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as granting eligibility for graduate membership of PSI. The qualification must be at least upper Second Class Honours level (barring exceptional circumstances). Qualifications deemed equivalent by the College of Arts may also be accepted. At least one year of practical and/or research experience relevant to clinical psychology is also required. Successful applicants are expected to have a means of transport to enable them to participate in all elements of the programme, including undertaking supervised clinical placements in health settings.
3 years, full-time
Next start date: September 2013
Average intake: 12
Closing date: 1st March 2013
This programme provides trainees with thorough and integrated training in academic, practical, and research aspects of clinical psychology, through academic teaching blocks, supervised clinical placements and supervised clinically relevant research projects.
Clinical competence is developed in six placements over the three years of the programme. The placements provide trainees with experience of clinical psychology practice under the supervision of experienced clinical psychologists. All trainees have placements in mental health settings working with both child and adult clients, and in-services for people with learning disability. Other placements include services for elderly people, rehabilitation services, services for people with acquired brain injury, services for people with addictions, and appropriate settings in general hospitals. The development of personal awareness and interpersonal sensitivity are fostered.
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Fees for this course
EU (Total): €13,085
- Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,250
"I have enjoyed training at NUI Galway. The clinical psychology programme is small with a nice atmosphere with support from fellow students and academic staff. I like NUI Galway as although it is a large campus, it has a small, friendly, and relaxed community feel. I am currently in my final year of training on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at NUIG. When I finish my training I hope to work as a clinical psychologist and provide psychological support in a range of clinical settings."