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.
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.