Since we originally wrote this post in 2015 the Irish Universities have added the following statement to their websites:
“We welcome applications from Non-EU students for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. However as clinical psychology trainees are employees of the Health Service Executive (HSE) or other approved Health Care Agencies, we require that applicants have the right to work in Ireland without restriction. Non-EU applicants are therefore not considered unless they have a pre-existing right to work in Ireland for the duration of the course and the required three years after completion.”
Unfortunately, this means that international students will not be able to apply to train as Clinical Psychologists in Ireland (unless you somehow already have the right to work there).
We have left the information below for your reference:
To become a clinical psychologist in Ireland an accredited honours undergraduate degree where psychology is the major subject is required, as well as completion of a recognised postgraduate training programme in clinical psychology. Candidates can enhance chances of achieving a place on such a programme by achieving a high-grade at undergraduate level (minimum 2.1 grade) and obtaining further research or academic experience relevant to the field of clinical psychology.
Do I need to be licensed or registered to practise as a psychologist in Ireland?
At present, there is no official statutory regulation of the practice of psychology in Ireland. Therefore, it is not compulsory for you to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board to practise as a psychologist. However, employers and clients are likely to request evidence of your ability to practice so in practice it is important to be accredited by a reputable organisation
Who accredits psychologists in Ireland?
The PhD and doctorate (PsyD) courses in Clinical Psychology are accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).
If I train as a Clinical Psychologist in Ireland will I be able to practice in my home country?
It is advisable to check with relevant authorities or potential employers in your home country to determine whether an Irish qualification will be recognised.
How much will it cost?
Annual fees for international students range between €13,000 (Euros) & €30,000 per year.
You should also consider how much it will cost to live in Ireland. Information on cost of living in Ireland can be found on the Irish Council for International Students website.
Which Irish Universities currently offer places for international students to study clinical psychology?
It isn’t entirely clear which courses offer places to international students but these courses might:
- University College Dublin, PhD Clinical Psychology
- University of Dublin, Trinity College, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
This was originally written on 20th March 2015 and was most recently updated on 27th October 2022. It is my opinion based on information available online. Please email us at email@example.com to suggest amendments.