Psychological Science

Key programme benefits to future students
This programme provides candidates with advanced skills in the methods and topics of Psychological Science broadly defined. The stream structure allows candidates to further specialize in Research Methods, Social Psychology, Community and Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology to tailor their degree to their own career trajectory. Commencing in 2024/5 we plan to have an additional stream in place that is delivered fully online to increase the accessibility of the programme.

Candidates gain advanced research and analytical skills highly sought after in the field of psychology and in academic/commercial/ social research environments.

Subjects taught

Core Modules
• Advanced Research Design
• Advanced Analysis 1
• Advanced Analysis 2
• Qualitative Research Methods

Stream 1 - Research Methods
• Professional Skills in Psychology 1
• Professional Skills in Psychology 2
• Select 4 Elective Modules

Stream 2 - Social Psychology
• Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research
• Social Influence and Attitude Change
• Select 4 Elective Modules

Stream 3 - Clinical Psychology
• Professional skills in Psychology 1
• Professional Skills in Psychology 2
• Clinical Modules of Psychological Disorders
• Methods of Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention
• Select 2 Elective Modules

Stream 4 - Community & Health Psychology
• Community Psychology
• Advances in Health Psychology
• Select 4 Elective Modules

The stream structure allows candidates to further specialize in Research Methods, Social Psychology, Community and Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology to tailor their degree to their own career trajectory. The online stream makes the programme accessible for distant learners.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in psychology is required. In addition, we will consider relevant work experience and equivalent qualifications in cognate fields (e.g., sociology, economics) with substantial research methods experience. In the case of international candidates the overseas equivalent is required. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a Standard English Language Competency Test will be necessary. Candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.

Qualification transcripts and certificates
1 (one) written academic reference.
Research Knowledge form - click here
A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, Taught & Online.

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Graduate careers
Honours Graduates from the MSc continue as PhD students, with careers as Assistant Psychologist with the goal to do a Clinical Doctorate, and they find work opportunities in Government Agencies and NGOs and other organisations.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time

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