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Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

Clinical Psychology

Entry year
Entry requirements
3 years (Full Time)
Places available
19 (Full Time)
This course is now closed to applications for September 2021. If you are interested in September 2022 entry, please register your interest.
  • Overview

    This is a three-year full time course leading to a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Chartered Status and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for training clinical psychologists.

    Clinical Psychology highlights

    Further detail on applying is available in our Guide for Applicants. This document is updated each year and may be found on our webpage.

    Professional Accreditations

    • Our programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists and courses in the UK. The programme is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    Our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology consists of 18 compulsory modules including:

    Clinical presentations
    Psychological assessment and formulation
    Psychological therapies
    Personal and professional development
    Practice placements

    Course DetailsThere are 18 compulsory modules delivered across the 3 years of the programme. These comprise 10 academic, 3 research and 5 clinical practice modules. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, small group work and clinical workshops.
    DissertationStudents must complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation on an approved topic.
    ModulesModules 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

    People teaching you

    Programme Administrator

    School of Psychology

    Programme Director

    School of Psychology

    Teaching Times

    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.

    Career Prospects


    Learning and Teaching





    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Competency ratings in practice based learning

    Academic and clinical coursework

    Research portfolio


    In vivo examinations

    Final research viva

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Applicants must possess, or expect to possess by the course start date, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, which has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

    Applicants with a Lower Second Class Honours degree (2.2) in psychology, which has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), may apply if they also possess a higher degree (e.g. Master's or PhD or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

    In addition, we accept applications from those who have at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a first degree other than psychology but who expect to complete, by the course start date, a qualification which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

    Please note, the closing date for applications to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology for September 2022 entry is Friday 19 November 2021 at 4.00pm.

    International Students

    Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

    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:

    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) 1 £6,650
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £6,650
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £7,470
    EU Other 3 £22,050
    International £22,050

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

    2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    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

    How do I fund my study?

    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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    When to Apply

    The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

    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.

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