Environmental Psychology

In addition to expert contributions from a range of sub-disciplines in psychology (e.g. cognitive, health, clinical, and research) contributions from geography, biology, digital marketing and environmental science are integral to the programme.

The recognition of the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and the UN Sustainable Development Goals provide an appropriate global backdrop to this programme. Key topics include social and climate justice, nature-based therapies and mental health, nature-based solutions and sustainability, ecological and personal thriving, and innovation in our assessment of the environment as a facilitator, shaper and consequence of human behaviours. The Masters also 'puts environmental psychology in its place' locally; highlighting the unique Maynooth Green Campus initiative and other natural assets including the Royal Canal Greenway. EU projects SHAPES on health and smart ageing and GoGreenRoutes on urban health are among the interlinked activities that offer opportunities for knowledge-sharing.

Subjects taught

This will be a one year taught programme. Contact hours will be between 9-6 within the standard university week. The students will have lectures, group and project work, and undertake a research project or thesis. Modules will be of 5 or 10 credits, with the exception of the Research Project module. The research project will run over the third semester, and will be worth 30 credits. In semesters 1 and 2, students will complete 60 credits of taught modules. Primarily these will be lecture/classroom-based activities with some outdoor and on-campus based innovations.

New modules are linked to our ongoing European funded research projects and include the "Smart and Healthy Ageing Environments" and "Research Seminars in Environmental Psychology" which connect to SHAPES and GoGreenRoutes, both funded under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 projects. "Fundamentals of Environmental Psychology" provides a foundation level knowledge in the discipline and includes a problem-based learning strategy. These modules are augmented by further modules focusing on advanced topics and the research project. Existing modules from the departments of psychology and geography with other contributions from across the campus community as guest speakers provide a breadth of learning opportunities.

Several modules will apply a blended to readily access international experts via Teams. This approach both enhances the diversity of available contributors and also aligns with the courses Eco-code (Programmes planned commitment to improving their environmental performance, sustainability and efforts to reduce carbon footprint) which will be co-created with the student cohort. All modules activities and content will be mapped against the 17 UN sustainable development goals to clearly elucidate the relevance of each aspect of the programme.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have a 2.1 in primary degree in cognate subject (not confined to psychology). The progamme is suitable for those with a primary degree in psychology or related subjects, but open to applicants from across environmental, human and health sciences and related domains.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non- EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2023


1 year

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Diverse job opportunities for environmental psychology graduates might include teaching, consulting or research in areas such as, sustainability science, workplace well-being, green architecture, urban planning landscape architecture, environmental design, nature-based enterprises, community development, or restoration. Additional opportunities may be available with government agencies, non-profit organizations or wildlife and forest conservatories.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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