Queen’s University Belfast Clinical Psychology

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Queen’s University Belfast Clinical Psychology



The aim of this Doctorate is to prepare students for professional employment as clinical psychologists in the personal health and social services and for research and teaching in clinical psychology.

Course Details

Modules include:

  • Advanced Psychological Interventions
  • Applied Research 1
  • Applied Research 2
  • Applied Research 3
  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Clinical Presentations of Adult and Childhood
  • Personal and Professional Development 1
  • Personal and Professional Development 2
  • Personal and Professional Development 3
  • Placement 1 (Foundations of Psychological Therapy)
  • Placement 2
  • Placement 3
  • Placement 4 (Specialist Services)
  • Placement 5 (Specialist Services)
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Therapies 1
  • Psychological Therapies 2
  • Specialist Clinical Presentations

In addition, students must also complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation on an approved topic.

All modules are compulsory.

Teaching and placement time occurs outside the normal semester schedule of the University. As employees of the DHSS, students are seconded full time to the professional doctorate.

Trainees are entitled to 27 annual leave days per year in addition to 10 statutory leave days. In addition, study and research leave is scheduled throughout the programme.

Entry Requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and British Psychological Society, as the graduate basis for chartered membership. Those with a 2.2 Honours degree or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also apply if they have also achieved a postgraduate qualification (eg Diploma/Masters) relevant to Clinical Psychology.

As the programme typically has in excess of 200 applicants per year who meet these essential criteria, application forms are shortlisted on the basis of desirable criteria. These are outlined in selection information but include evidence of four competencies: psychological knowledge and thinking; research skills; personal and professional development; and interpersonal skills.

Typically 48 applicants are shortlisted for interview. As successful applicants will be salaried during their time of study by the Department of Health and Social Services, European Union (EU) employment restrictions apply.

Normally salaried places cannot be offered to non-EU nationals. Applications from non-EU applicants who are able to self-fund, or who have other sources of funding, will be considered.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. (*Taken within the last 2 years). For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen’s University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information: English for University Study – an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level. Pre-sessional English – a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen’s University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen’s.

For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Currently 11 places are funded by the DHSSPS on Band 6 Agenda for Change trainee clinical psychologist pay scales. Occasionally additional secondments are accepted from other agencies. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Applications can only be made through an application pack on our website: http://go.qub.ac.uk/ClinPsych

Dr Aiveen Higgins, Selection Coordinator
Caroline Sinclair, Course Administrator

How To Apply

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