This programme is 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.
The programme 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.
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.
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.