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 highlights
Applications can only be made through an application pack on our website: http://go.qub.ac.uk/ClinPsych
- 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
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.
Students must complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation on an approved topic.
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 4 (Specialist Services)
Placement 5 (Specialist Services)
Psychological Therapies 1
Psychological Therapies 2
Specialist Clinical Presentations
|Trainees are typically at the University 1-2 days per week and on clinical placement 3-4 days, although several 3-4 week teaching blocks are organised across the 3 years. Study and research time is scheduled.|
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.
Learning and Teaching
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Academic and clinical coursework
In vivo examinations
Final research viva
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).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
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)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be 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 £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. 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, examination resits and library fines.
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.
How do I fund my study?
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.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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