Programme Overview

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Psychology Practice is a four year (full time) postgraduate research and professional training qualification. The PhD has been developed in line with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) ratified guidelines for postgraduate programmes for health psychology practitioners.  The PhD provides ‘Stage 2’ training in Health Psychology Practice, building on ‘stage 1’ academic training in health psychology provided through Masters programmes in Health Psychology.

This is a new and exciting Programme, the first of its type in the Republic of Ireland. Trainees, through supervised practice in applied settings, will develop core health psychology practice skills to work as Health Psychology Practitioners. Health psychologists are employed in a number of settings, including hospitals, academic health research units, health services, primary care, government departments and university departments.