Psychology - Applied Psychology - Positive & Coaching Psychology
This is an innovative MA programme that brings together the fields of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.
Coaching Psychologists specialise in behaviour change and use systematic methodologies drawn from the psychological evidence base to bring about positive change. This form of coaching is valued by people who want professional support from their coaches in order to maximise their performance and potential. In this programme we provide you with the tools and skills to provide such support and you will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of Positive Psychology & Coaching competencies.
Positive Psychology is the science of well-being, strengths, and the achievement of our potential, and all that is good in us. As a person’s level of well-being increases, their goal attainment also increases. Consequently, the synergies between Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology make for a very powerful approach in helping people realise their potential.
The MA Applied Psychology (Positive & Coaching Psychology) degree can be utilised across a wide range of areas:
Those working in human services with the desire to incorporate a coaching approach to behaviour change in their professional work. This could include teachers, social workers, social care workers, youth and community workers, probation officers, nurses, medical specialists, nutritionists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, etc.;
Graduates who have the ambition to work as freelance coaches, or internal coaches in business organisations;
Human resource professionals who want to specialise in employee well-being and development;
Managers and leaders who wish to develop the ability to maximise the potential of their teams and develop their leadership potential;
Those who want to maximise performance by adding a psychological approach to skill attainment. This could include sports and exercise professionals, those who work with singers, actors, and other talented individuals;
Graduates of psychology who wish to acquire a set of professional skills as part of their route towards becoming a chartered coaching psychologist, or to undertake doctoral studies;
Coaches who wish to study to master's level and incorporate a positive psychology dimension to their work.
Who you are ...
Coaches come from different backgrounds, countries, and cultures. They have different experiences and have different personalities from each other. We welcome diversity and believe that inclusion in the classroom is important. However, there are some commonalities. You will be a graduate who values evidence-based practice. You will know your own strengths and abilities to reflect on their use in your life. You will understand the scope of coaching as an approach to learning and be able to distinguish it from teaching, mentoring, guidance, and other approaches to learning. You will be secure in yourself. And you will be committed to personal development, evidence of this is that you work with a coach yourself.
In Part I students take 60 credits consisting of core and elective modules. In Part II students complete a Research Dissertation (30 Credits). Although students must complete Part I before progressing to Part II, work on the research dissertation commences at the start of your course under the supervision of a member of staff.
Part-time: The part-time option is taught during weekday working hours over 2 years. Modules are broadly similar to the part-time option but are taken over two years with students completing 20 credits in Year 2 for Part I.
Core Modules (50 credits)
AP6061 Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis (5 credits)
AP6062 Quantitative Research Methods for Professionals (5 credits)
AP6181 Practice of Evidence-Based Coaching (10 credits)
AP6182 Positive Psychology and Human Flourishing (10 credits)
AP6183 Positive Psychology Coaching Practice (10 credits)
AP6184 Cognitive enhancement and motivational interviewing as strategies for change (10 credits)
Elective Modules (choose 10 credits)
AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP6159 Positive Organisational Psychology (5 credits)
AP6160 Private Practice (5 credits)
AP6164 Positive Psychology in Group Settings (5 credits)
AP6169 Learning, Well-Being, & Participation at Work (10 credits)
AP6171 Research Dissertation in Work, Organisational & Coaching Psychology (30 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Positive & Coaching Psychology)
Students who successfully complete and pass taught modules to the value of 60 credits in Part I and opt not to complete Part II may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Positive and Coaching Psychology). A student who subsequently applies to undertake the Master's programme must do so within five years of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Positive & Coaching Psychology) subject to the programme being on offer.
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Psychology (Positive & Coaching Psychology)
Students who successfully complete and pass taught modules to the value of at least 30 credits in Part I may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Psychology (Positive and Coaching Psychology). A student who subsequently applies to complete the Master's programme must do so within five years of successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Psychology (Positive & Coaching Psychology) subject to the programme being on offer.
A minimum Second Class Honours Grade II undergraduate (honours) degree (NFQ Level 8).
Each applicant will supply a personal statement conveying:
An interest in the appropriate application of psychological theory and methods to coaching practice.
Reasons for applying to the course, including a written statement about career objectives.
All applicants must arrange for one Referee's Report form to be completed and uploaded to their application. You need to provide evidence of at least two hours of work with a professional coach. They need to be a member of one of the professional bodies cited above under Skills and Careers Information.
MAAPPP Reference Form: After submitting the online application, the Reference form must be downloaded and emailed to your Referee to complete. The Referee must return the completed form to you and you must then upload to your application.
Closing Date 8 March 2024
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
Start Date 9 September 2024
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Skills and Careers Information
Coaching Psychology is a developing profession within the wider field of Psychology. In the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), it is considered a Special Interest Group. This is a step on the way to becoming a full Division, where practitioners will be able to term themselves Chartered Coaching Psychologists.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) has established a Division of Coaching Psychology, so this programme is truly for the trailblazers – some of you might shape this profession in years to come.
Of course, you do not need to be a psychologist to be a great coach. If you decide not to follow the PSI route you would most likely want to join one of the coaching professional bodies and start following their accreditation routes such as the Association for Coaching, European Mentoring and Coaching Council or the International Coach Federation.
Master's training is an integral part of any human services profession. Ultimately we envisage our graduates will have three career routes opened to them by completing this course.
Private sector work - either as a consultant practitioner or through the development of private practice.
As part of a route to becoming a chartered coaching psychologist or an accredited coach.
A Research/Academic career in Psychology or related area perhaps by moving into a PhD.