Psychological Science

The MSc in Psychological Science programme is based in the Department of Psychology, which has a strong focus on research and its applications to social issues. The Master programme reflects the core orientation of the department with emphases on research methods, applied & social psychology and clinical psychology. The course represents an exit route for those interested in research careers (e.g. in state agencies; NGOs; academica etc.), and it provides an excellent basis for entry to doctoral level degree programmes in psychology.

Key Fact
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, Applied & Social Psychology or Clinical Psychology to tailor their degree to their own career trajectory

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Advanced Research Designs in Psychology
• Advanced Analysis in Psychology 1
• Professional Skills in Psychology 1
• Clinical Models of Psychological Disorders
• Social Influence & Attitude Change
• Problem Solving & Decision Making
• Psychology of Employee Relations
• Organisational and Work Design
• Applied Sport Psychology
• Analysis of Motor Skill Performance and Learning

Spring Semester
• Advanced Analysis in Psychology 2
• Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
• Migration: Inclusion and Health
• Professional Skills in Psychology 2
• Advances in Health Psychology
• Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research
• Advanced Studies in Political Psychology
• Human Resource Development
• Wellbeing and Work
• Exercise Psychology and Mental Health
• Psychology of Movement Development from Infancy to Adolescence
• Community Psychology
• Clinical Diagnostic and Methods of Intervention

Summer Semester
• Major Research Project

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.

Application dates


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


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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