Entrance Requirements
1. Direct Entry

MSc.: Usual requirements for entrance are a primary degree (minimum level: 2nd Class Honours) in a field of study in the human sciences.

Postgraduate Diploma: Usual requirements for entrance are a primary degree in a field of study in the human sciences. Learners who achieve a postgraduate Diploma with First or Second Class Honours may be admitted to the M.Sc. programme.

Foundation/ Intermediate Level Professional Training Programme: Same as entry to Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional Training Programme: Successful completion of Foundation / Intermediate Level Professional Training

2. Indirect Entry

Recognition Prior Learning (RPL) Applicants who are not entitled to direct entry may be considered for entry on the basis of their prior learning, that is their knowledge and skills acquired through life, work experience and study, not attested through formal certification. Applicants will be considered provided they can demonstrate equivalence to Direct Entry Requirements which can be verified through the Clanwilliam Institute RPL process. Applicants who are considering application through this route are encouraged to make informal enquiries to the Head of Training,
An RPL policy and procedures document has been drafted and is available from the Institute.

– Under Institute RPL procedures, a Support Person is available to assist RPL applicants
– RPL applications take a minimum of 6 weeks to prepare and one week for a decision. Therefore RPL applications should commence at least 7 weeks prior to the closing date for direct entry applications.). Late applications may result in less time for preparation of portfolio.

All Course  applicants are required to be in a work setting or role which will provide opportunities for the learner to implement the learning from the programme, such as counselling, psychotherapy, support services, or project/community work in either a paid or voluntary position.
For non-native English speakers tested evidence of competency in English is required.
All candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme. Candidates wishing to progress to Advanced Level Professional Training will also be interviewed. At first interview candidates are expected to demonstrate:

  • An interest and engagement with the field of psychotherapy and with the Institute’s approach and ethos;
  • A reflexive awareness of their own learning experience;
  • A willingness to engage with supervisory and support structures;
  • A sensitivity to group and team processes.



Note: The academic  Seminar programme runs from late September to the end of May but arrangements will sometimes be made for sessions and/or team-work to extend beyond these dates.

Year One:  30 ACCS credits: Hours requirements are as follows:
Seminars: 50 hours. Clinical Group 35 hours. PPD Group: 15 hours. Self Directed Learning: 500 hours
Year 1 Learners will be divided into two supervision teams. Work during the year will sometimes happen in the supervision team and at other times will be organised to happen with both teams working together in one large group

Fee: Provisional, subject to change
Although fees for each year of the programme have not yet been finalised, it is likely that they will be of the following order:
Year 1 €5500
Year 2 €8000
Year 3 €8000
Year 4  €7500

A deposit of €500 secures a place on the course . Fees are payable in two semesters .

Application Procedure

Completed application forms together with curriculum vitae, personal statement and the names of two referees who are familiar with your work and/or academic abilities, should be submitted to the Training Department.  An application processing fee of €75 is required.

An applicant who wishes to be considered under RPL entry requirements will be charged an RPL application processing fee of €100.  Application for entry to the training programme will also incur that application processing fee of €75.