Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.)

NFQ Level 10
3 years full-time
15/16 Places


Course Overview

Within three years, the course provides an intensive and systematic programme of training, equipping each student to meet the challenges facing clinical psychology and to make a unique contribution to the Irish Health Services. A core value in the course is the emphasis on linking theory and practice, informed by the reflective scientist practitioner philosophy of integrated training in research methods, academic knowledge and clinical experience.

The course holds P.S.I. Accreditation.

Is This Course For Me?

The Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is designed to provide high-quality postgraduate professional training in Clinical Psychology leading to the award of a doctoral qualification. The course is designed to produce clinical psychologists who are equipped with the skills to respond flexibly to the changing demands of the Irish health and related services.

Career Opportunities

The course aims to train students so that they will be equipped to function as independent career-grade clinical psychologists in the Irish health service under appropriate supervision. A number of graduates also go on to further clinical research.

Course Structure

The course is structured so that the academic teaching typically takes place in term time for one and a half days per week. In addition, each placement is preceded by a teaching block of approximately four weeks duration.  Students complete six clinical placements during the course, each approximately five months in duration, providing knowledge, skills and experience to work with as wide a range of clients as possible. Research training is continuous across the programme.

Course requirements include continuous clinical assessment, examinations and a research portfolio combining reports of clinical activity, research projects and demonstrating research competency across a range of methodologies. Progress on the course is assessed by an end-of-year review.

Course Content

The course comprises three major components: research training, academic training and clinical placements. Students currently spend approximately 55% of course time on clinical placement. The remainder is divided between the taught academic programme and research activity. The academic programme consists of fourteen academic modules over three years.

Modules offered in recent years include: Adult Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practice; Research Methods and Statistics; Placement Theory and Practice; Advanced Issues in Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practice; Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disability; Child Clinical Psychology; Specialist Topics; Transition to Qualified Status.

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Important: It is a requirement that applicants upload a completed Course Application form (see link below) to the supporting documents area of their College application by the deadline date

Course Application Form (upload completed form to your College application)

Study the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Trinity

Introduction to the D.Clin.Psych. in Clinical Psychology programme by Dr. Kevin Tierney of the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 10

Number of Places

15/16 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr Kevin Tierney

Closing Date

21st November 2023

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Admission Requirements

Requirements include a primary honours degree in Psychology with at least an upper second-class award (2.1) or equivalent. Good research skills and relevant experience are essential.

Candidates are required to hold graduate basis for registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland. Students will need a full and valid driving licence.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, you can learn more at:

Course Fees

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To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8962425

+353 (0)1 8963915


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I thoroughly enjoyed my three years on the programme. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the course immerses trainees in therapeutic modalities such as psychodynamic, systemic, and cognitive behavioural to name just a few. The teaching staff are approachable, helpful and enthusiastic, actively encouraging personal and professional reflection and development. I would recommend this clinical programme to anyone interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology.

Jessica Russell-Carroll