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Psychology - Applied Psychology

Introduction
The MSc in Applied Psychology will provide learners with an insight into the field of applied psychology, thus developing the competencies and skills required to relate theory to practical applications. The learner will explore various theories of psychology that will enable them to understand human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives.

The programme is comprised of both core modules and elective modules. Elective modules form two distinct career pathways in the areas of organisational psychology and health psychology.

Central to this programme are the areas of analysis, intervention, application, evaluation and research. There is a strong focus on ethics, professional skills and personal development.

Upon completion of the programme, learners will be able to competently investigate contemporary local and global issues using an applied psychological perspective and design solutions to match.

Programme Structure
Learners will analyse and evaluate the support for competing theories, as well as the studies and projects that apply these psychological concepts, theories and processes. From this and their exposure to advanced research methods and professional skills, learners will understand the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations in designing and assessing interventions, evidencing these skills in an applied research project.

The programme will be structured in two sequential stages. Stage 1 is a wholly taught component, contributing 60 ECTS credits. Stage 2 is a supervised dissertation, contributing 30 ECTS credits.

Depending on the career pathway, graduates will be equipped with an understanding of individual, organisational, social and cultural influences on behaviour in organisational or health settings. Evidence-based skills are developed in specific methodological, statistical, measurement and other empirical techniques required by academia, private and public industry.

Suited to: Graduates who hold a first qualification in Psychology of an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) at NFQ Level 8 or above accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland or show eligibility for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Entry requirements

- To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a qualification in Psychology of an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) at NFQ Level 8 or above accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland or show eligibility for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland. (In exceptional cases, the college may accept a lower Second-class Honours degree in Psychology on the basis of an interview).

- For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Full-time
For full-time learners, the taught component comprises four mandatory modules, delivered over one academic year, comprising two semesters. The taught component also comprises eight elective modules, of which the learner chooses four. These elective modules are delivered over a semester; two elective modules per semester. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows the learner to move on to the dissertation stage.

Part-time
For part-time learners, delivery of the taught component is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, learners will normally attend lectures on two evenings per week.

Careers or further progression

Careers
Holders of the MSc in Applied Psychology will be open to careers in areas such as research and evaluation posts, teaching/lecturing and human resource management, as well as market research, social policy advocates, administrative positions, health care settings and training and development specialists. The programme may also appeal to those learners keen to pursue further postgraduate studies in the field of psychology.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

Core Modules
Applied Neuroscience
Life Transitions and Interventions
Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology
Advanced Research Methods and Analysis

Electives
Semester One (please choose 2)
Psychometrics and Psychometric Assessment
Public and Community Health
Leadership and Organisational Development
Positive Psychology in Practice

Semester Two (please choose 2)
Occupational Health Psychology
Addiction and Rehabilitation
The Psychology of Motivation and Productivity
The Psychological Practitioner and the Therapeutic Relationship

Semester Three
Dissertation

Comment

Postgraduate School of Arts
The Postgraduate School of Arts is dedicated to the mission of DBS to provide students with the opportunity to develop themselves academically as well as personally through study within the arts, humanities and social sciences. The School of Arts has built an excellent reputation at undergraduate level in areas such as psychology, psychoanalysis, counselling, philosophy, film studies, psychotherapy, drama, journalism and social science. Within the School of Arts the Department of Psychotherapy currently offers six programmes: MA in Psychotherapy, MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MA in Addiction Studies, Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies and the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Psychology. The Postgraduate School of Arts has the objective of being a centre of excellence for education and research in the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Postgraduate School wants to provide students with a unique learning experience that is supported by a dedicated staff who are all very experienced and highly qualified in their field. We intend to maintain an educational environment in which the professional and personal aspects of the student-staff relationship are balanced in such a way that the learning experience is very enjoyable and in which the transmission of knowledge and skills find their optimum level.

The Postgraduate School of Arts is connected to an international network of academics and academic institutions. We are committed to maintaining and extending this network of collaborative relationships and to transmitting the benefits of these relationships to our local communities through our research, participation and indeed above all, through providing these communities with an opportunity to avail of an educational experience that is unique.

Assessment method

Assessment
Subjects will be assessed through a combination of end of semester examinations and continuous assessments. In keeping with the emphasis on skills development and application in the programme, the assessment methods will require learners to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate areas, apply their learning and practical skills to provide solutions to practical issues, and demonstrate clear understanding and critical awareness of core concepts. Learners will also be exposed to guest lecturers from a variety of subject areas within psychology.

Enrolment and start dates

EU APPLICANTS
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and submit it online or return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements including English language if applicable.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form.

For further information please contact:
The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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