Psychology & Well-being

MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing
It is an ideal programme for those engaging in continuing professional development or those looking for a stepping stone to a research career, clinical doctorate or other professional training. The focus of this programme is on the impact of psychological, societal, environmental and physical factors on the wellbeing of communities, families and individuals throughout their lives. This programme, at level nine of the National Framework of Qualifications, covers a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on practical and research skills. It is offered on both a full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) basis.

The 90-credit programme is offered on both a one-year full-time and two-year part-time basis.

The programme will:
• Challenge students to develop their theoretical and conceptual knowledge of factors impacting wellbeing
• Provide research-led teaching including additional workshops and seminars in an interactive spring school
• Enhance opportunities for learners to enter or progress their careers in a variety of public and private settings
• Benefit those keen to pursue more advanced and specialised postgraduate studies.

Subjects taught

Students will complete the following modules:
• Wellbeing, Mental Health and Community Psychology
• Innovations in evidence-based psychological practice
• Environmental influences on well-being
• Wellbeing through the lifespan

An additional module, which spans Semesters 1 and 2, focuses on developing individual specialism in one area of psychology and wellbeing through in-depth literature review.

Students will also complete a year-long supervised individual research project.

To view the current course structure, please visit the Provider's website.

Entry requirements

For admission to the M.Sc. in Psychology and Well-being, entrants will normally:
• Have a relevant undergraduate degree in psychology with a H2.1 or equivalent
• Candidates must demonstrate eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Specifically:
1. The study of psychology should be spread over at least three conventional academic years
2. The modules upon which their primary degree classification is calculated consisted of at least 50% psychology modules.
3. These modules must cover the core areas of psychology as identified by the PSI Biological Bases of Behaviour, Developmental and Lifespan Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Cognitive Psychology, Research Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (including Practical Component).
4. The course should address ethical principles for psychological research and professional practice.
• International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

Application dates

Application Deadlines
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

• Closing date for non EU applicants is 24th March 2023.
• Closing date for EU applicants is 24th March 2023.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

To apply for this programme:

• All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal.

• Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.

• A detailed Personal Statement outlining Psychology qualifications, why you wish to complete this programme and how it fits with your current or future plans.

• Applicants are required to submit two recent academic references with their application. Reference Form DC765 (Full Time) click here Reference Form DC766 (Part Time) click here to be fully completed and uploaded with application.

• Please upload a CV under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.

• If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.

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Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.


DC765: Full Time 1 Year
DC766: Part Time 2 Years

One-year, full-time

The full-time commitment is between two and two and a half days on campus per week (Monday and Tuesday*) for one year. In addition, all students are expected to attend a week-long Spring School on the DCU Glasnevin campus, usually held in March*.

Two-year, part-time

The part-time commitment is one full day on campus per week for two years - Year 1: Monday and Year 2: Tuesday*. In addition, all students are expected to attend a week-long Spring School on the DCU Glasnevin campus, usually held in March*.

*Please note that days and dates are subject to change depending on timetabling.

Enrolment dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2022.

Post Course Info

Career Areas
• Community
• Community Education
• Education
• Healthcare Sector

This programme provides an excellent springboard for students going on to further clinical. research or professional psychology training.

This programme would also benefit those who are working in applied settings including in education, community settings, mental health, family support, and clinical psychology.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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