Psychology & Well-being

The MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing is the essential next step for psychology graduates aspiring to bring strong theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of factors influencing well-being to their work or future career.

Well-being is a far reaching global issue, impacting on many facets of society and many settings. The focus of this programme will be on the impact of psychological, societal, environmental and physical factors on the well-being of communities, families and individuals across the lifespan. This one-year, full-time programme, at level nine of the National Framework of Qualifications, covers a comprehensive curriculum in psychology and well-being with a strong focus on practical and research skills.

Entry requirements


General 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 competancy in the English language.


Full Time 1 Year, Part Time 2 Years.

Careers or further progression

This programme is designed for individuals who work or intend to work in applied settings including in education, community settings, mental health, family support, and clinical psychology.

Upon successful completion of this programme Non-EEA graduates are eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme to obtain a visa for up to two years , for the purpose of seeking employment.

In these areas

Community Education
Healthcare Sector

Further enquiries
+353 (01) 01 700 7422

Subjects taught

This programme of studey will cover the following modules* (two in Semester 1 and two in Semester2):

•Well-being, mental health and community Psychology;
•Innovations in evidence-based psychological practice;
•Environmental influences on well-being;
•Well-being through the life-span.

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.

*modules are subject to change without notice from year to year

This programme of study will:

•Challenge students to develop their theoretical and conceptual knowledge of factors impacting well-being;

•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.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2019.

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