Psychology - Applied Psychology

University College Cork

Psychology - Applied Psychology

Course Outline
Our MA in Applied Psychology gives you an advanced understanding of the discipline of psychology in applied settings. The course is designed to help you appreciate the potential and values of applied psychology, think critically about psychological theory and practice, and give you the opportunity to explore your own particular interests.

Applied psychologists use research and theory to analyse real-world situations, develop appropriate interventions, and evaluate outcomes. The course has strong links with community-based partners working with children, families, and communities. The course will enable you to pursue postgraduate professional training opportunities and to pursue a variety of career paths where psychological expertise is needed.

Subjects taught

Modules (90 credits)

Part I

Core Modules (30 credits)
AP6016 Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
AP6023 Psychological Assessment (5 credits)
AP6177 Critical Community Psychology (5 credits)
AP6173 Service Design and Evaluation (10 credits)

Elective Modules* (choose 30 credits)
AN4009 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (5 credits)
AP3119 Psychological Therapies (5 credits)
AP6128 Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Skills (5 credits)
AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP6153 Applying Psychology in Community-Based Settings Placement (15 credits)
AP6174 Clinical Presentations (Child, Adolescent, Adult, and ID) (10 credits)
AP6178 Psychological Principles and Skills in Working with Children and Families (5 credits)
*Elective modules may be subject to minor changes. The Applying Psychology in Community-Based Settings Placement module (AP6153) is offered each year.

Part II
AP6137 Dissertation in Applied Psychology (30 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

1. Hold a Second Class Honours Grade 1 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Psychology.

2. Satisfy the eligibility requirements for graduate membership of either the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or the British Psychological Society (BPS). This must be demonstrated by the applicant by providing evidence that your undergraduate degree/qualification(s) is accredited by the PSI or by the BPS. Applicants whose undergraduate degree/qualification(s) is not listed as an accredited qualification by either the PSI or the BPS are required to provide evidence from the PSI or the BPS that they (the PSI or the BPS) consider your undergraduate degree/qualification(s) to be equivalent to the PSI/BPS degree, in terms of granting you eligibility for graduate membership of the society. This evidence must be sought by the applicant by applying directly to either the PSI or BPS for graduate membership as appropriate.

3. Provide an academic reference. Once you have submitted your online application you will be requested to provide the name and email address of 1 academic referee. A communication will issue immediately from UCC to your referee requesting the that they submit a reference directly to UCC.

4. Supply statements detailing:

A research proposal, which must include details that would ordinarily be contained within an abstract. Your research proposal is very important for your application as it demonstrates your potential to undertake and successfully complete a research dissertation. The research proposal requires significant detail and must include: a research topic and demonstrate your ability to identify a research problem and design a study to address it; an average word count of ~500 is expected.

Motivation and readiness, which should include information on:

Your understanding of what applied psychology entails
Reasons for applying to the programme and how your reasons fit with your experience and career objectives.

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may also be given to applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements as stated above but who present with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in Psychology and have significant and directly relevant work experience or has performed impressively in a relevant Master's degree acceptable to the School selection committee. In such cases, the applicant must clearly set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in the motivation and readiness statement.

Applicants may be interviewed and will be selected based on the following:

academic performance,
evidence of research capacity,
academic reference,
commitment to the area of applied psychology
Please note that:

If you are in the process of completing your undergraduate degree in Psychology or a conversion/Masters degree you must be in receipt of your final results (whether undergraduate or postgraduate) before 31st July.

Assessment Info

A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into the MA in Applied Psychology. These include essays, research funding applications, portfolios, reports, class tests, research proposals, journal of learning, class presentations, research thesis, taped practice work with transcript and analysis.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
On completion of this MA programme you will have acquired many skills including:

The ability to critically appraise psychological research and practice in a range of settings;
Advanced knowledge of the professional and ethical issues that may arise in the application of psychology;
Competence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues;
Skills in planning and implementing an effective research course.

Further competencies developed through this course include interview, assessment, communication, and presentation skills.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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