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We provide taught foundation courses and masters in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Biological Psychiatry. Our academic staff also supervise MD and PhD students in their respective disciplines.

MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

This course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy provides theoretical teaching and clinical supervision, and includes a requirement to write a thesis. Twelve places. Duration: 3 years.
Course Director:- Dr John O'Connor
Course Coordinator:- Theresa Merrigan and Ann Daly

Foundation Course in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
(in partnership with HSE and St Patrick’s University Hospital)

  • Offers a comprehensive introduction to CBT principles for clinicians who want to understand and use CBT principles in their day to day clinical roles.

Diploma Course

  • Provides academic and supervisory support for introductory casework using CBT, for those with some existing experience/training in counselling / psychotherapy.
  • Applicants must be employed in a health profession (e.g. nursing, medicine, social work, occupational therapy etc.) and have relevant clinical experience.

Masters Course

  • This two year course builds on existing competences in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy with a one year placement, workshops, supervision and research dissertation to be completed in second year.
  • Applicants must be health professionals with a Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Biological Psychiatry (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

Duration: 2 Year(s) Part Time
Closing Date: 31st May 2012
Course Director(s): Prof. Declan McLoughlin
Course Coordinator(s): Dr Thekiso B. Thekiso

Course Details

This multidisciplinary Masters course in Biological Psychiatry explores the relationship between basic principles, biological factors and clinical features in mental health disorders, allowing students to translate scientific understanding into effective clinical practice. It is aimed primarily at graduates with a background in psychiatry (or related health care disciplines), psychology, biological or social sciences, who wish to develop their research skills and broaden their research interests. The course will aid in equipping participants with the skills to progress into a career in psychiatry and psychiatric research or to embark on a doctoral programme.

The following six modules (10 ECTS each) are mandatory, and make up the taught component of the course (60 ECTS): Statistics and Research Methodology; Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Genomics; Neuroimaging and Biomarkers; Molecular Neuroscience; Neuropsychiatric Genetics; Molecular Psychiatry. In addition, in their second year students will be required to submit a dissertation (30 ECTS) based on an empirical research project conducted in one of the many research groups located within the Dept of Psychiatry.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a relevant first degree (e.g. Medicine, Psychology, Biological Sciences) with at least 2nd class honours or equivalent professional qualification (e.g. MB degree) and have at least one years relevant work experience in mental health. The course will be run in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James Hospital, Dublin 8.


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