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Psychology

The MSc Psychology is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology, who have already studied at least 60 credits of psychology in their undergraduate degree, but who do not currently hold an undergraduate qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society. This intensive course is designed to provide a pre-professional qualification equivalent to a bachelor degree in psychology and, as such, offers a conversion route for graduates who hold an honours degree in Psychological Studies or equivalent. Emphasis is on psychological research methods and analytic techniques, professional ethics, and applied research experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have at least a 2.1 degree in a level eight honours programme, including at least 60 credits of Psychology/Psychological Studies. Prior learning must include introductory level coverage of each of biological psychology, social psychology, personality and inter-individual differences, developmental psychology and cognitive psychology; and post-introductory level study of at least 4 of those areas. Places are limited to 20 per annum, and will be assigned on a competitive basis.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Please note that all applications for this course will be reviewed after the closing date.

Careers or further progression

As the MSc Psychology is a pre-professional qualification, for careers in professional psychology disciplines (e.g. clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology) further training at Masters or doctoral level is required. Graduates who do not wish to pursue professional psychology careers may consider a variety of career and employment options including roles in advertising, the civil service, human resources, and recruitment consultancy. Psychological Society of Ireland accreditation for this course is pending, and is expected to be achieved in 2020.

Subjects taught

This is an intensive Masters Psychology conversion course offered on a fulltime basis over 1 year (90 credits) and designed for students with prior learning in psychology. Masters students will attend lectures, tutorials, laboratory and practical classes, and seminars, and will conduct an independent research project.

Application date

Closing Date : 01 June 2020

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