PhD in Clinical Psychology


Program Description

  • Duration (years): 3 years
  • Qualification Awarded: Clinical Psychology (Ph.D., 3 years)
  • Level of Qualification: 3rd Cycle (Doctorate)
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Mode of Study: Full-time
  • Minimum ECTS Credits: 210

Profile of the Programme


The aims set for the programme in Clinical Psychology are multi-fold covering the complexity and the multifaceted reality of the profession. These are to (a) provide the key clinical competencies and capabilities for independent and ethical clinical practice, and (b) create professionals based on the scientist-practitioner model that will be independent thinkers and producers of knowledge.


By the end of their training students should be competent in the areas of:

  • Assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, and communication.
  • Working with a range of clients in a range of psychological/psychiatric and/or medical problems/difficulties taking into consideration the social, the educational, racial and cultural background of clients
  • Applying their knowledge and expertise in order to draw on a range of evidence-based psychological models and psychological therapies in their work with clients.
  • Applying their academic knowledge and skills to ask scientific questions both in an academic and in a clinical context and to be able to transform these questions into research hypotheses and investigation.

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to will be able to work as independent clinicians, researchers, and academics. Graduates will be able to work as Clinical Psychologists in public and private hospitals or clinics, have a private practice, work at research centres, work as consultants, and will be competitive applicants for academic positions at Universities.

Access to Further Studies

Upon graduation, students would have obtained the highest academic title possible.


Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid terms, projects, and class participation.

Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.

Graduation Requirements

The student must complete 210 ECTS and all programme requirements, which include 1500 hours of supervised practicum, doctoral dissertation completion, passing the comprehensive examination.

A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 is required for graduation. A student who completes the coursework without achieving this minimum requirement will have to repeat one or more courses in order to improve his/her grades. Grades of C and below are unsatisfactory and students will have to repeat the course to improve their grade.

Learning Outcomes

The three years of study and training provided by the PhD in Clinical Psychology programme has been carefully designed to ensure that committed, diligent, successful students will:

  1. Be able to critically analyze and synthesize information from evidence-based practices in Clinical Psychology using a variety of resources so that their training will constitute the basis for their development as lifelong learners and self-reflective practitioners.
  2. Be able to use knowledge and skills in therapeutic relationships as derived from a variety of evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches and which can be effectively applied in varying treatment contexts.
  3. Develop skills in the selection, application, and interpretation of clinical and psychometric assessment methods as well as being able to assess the efficacy of their clinical practice.
  4. Develop high ethical standards consistent with future roles as professional and responsible clinicians, and as informed by the ethical codes and standards of the Cyprus Psychologists’ Association, the European Federation for Psychologists’ Association (EFPA), and the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Conduct.
  5. Develop skills to work with a range of clinical populations, a well as value and appreciate the diversity represented by individuals of differing cultures, gender, ethnicity, races, religions, ages, physical/mental status, and other groups.
  6. Will have the knowledge and skills to independently to design and evaluate intervention programmes.
  7. Adopt a scientific approach to addressing questions relevant to Clinical Psychology and develop proficiency in organizing research protocols and procedures.
  8. Be in a position to illustrate and critically evaluate research methods used in psychological inquiry and demonstrate aptitude in the preparation, execution, and management of an independent large-scale research study.
  9. Will have the knowledge and skills to independently design and evaluate research and psychometric instruments.
  10. Develop skills in the dissemination of findings to the wider academic community, initially through writing-up their Thesis and then through publishing their work in academic journals and/or giving presentations in academic conferences and seminars.
  11. Acknowledge the impact of their own experiences, beliefs, and culture on the processes and outcomes of inquiry, as well as the interpretation of findings, and through this process become reflective researchers.

Scholarships - Financial Aid

The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

UNIC is the largest university in Cyprus, with over 12,000+ students, from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space.

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