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.

Clinical Psychology Master's highlights

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

Professional Accreditations

  • Graduates are eligible for Chartered Psychologist with Clinical Status accreditation. On successful completion of the programme, student may apply to the health Care Professions Council for statutory registration which is required to practise as a Clinical psychologist in the UK. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health & Care Professions Council.
With 100% employment, graduates of this programme leave with strong clinical, research, personal and professional competencies Publication rates for trainee led research are high. Highly regarded within the UK, the programme at QUB provides a vibrant, innovative and supportive learning context in which to pursue training in clinical psychology.

Dr David Curran and Dr Ciaran Shannon
Acting Course Directors

Programme Details

Research information

Career Prospects

All graduates of this programme have successfully found employment, most as clinical psychologists in the NHS or voluntary sector. Some pursue careers in clinical practice in combination with academic/research posts.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

People teaching you

Dr Aiveen Higgins
Assistant Director
School of Psychology
Email: aiveen.higgins@qub.ac.uk

Mrs Caroline Sinclair
Course Administrator
School of Psychology
Email: c.sinclair@qub.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Entrance 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.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

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).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £5,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,500
Other (non-UK) EU £5,500
International £19,600

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Clinical Psychology costs

Students will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33. Students will also be required to purchase indemnity insurance costing £50 for each year of study.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

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International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Speak to your supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions. If you have your own research idea, contact the relevant School www.qub.ac.uk/about/Leadership-and-structure/Faculties-and-Schools to discuss it with us. If you are unsure of who to contact, email our Faculty Hubs www.qub.ac.uk/about/Leadership-and-structure/Faculties-and-Schools for guidance. You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.

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