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Psychology - Conversion Course

The M.Sc. Psychology (Conversion Course) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology (e.g., in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology or other related areas) but who do not hold an honours degree in psychology and are not eligible for Graduate Basis for Membership from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The course structure and curriculum have been designed to provide an education in psychological theory and research methods of sufficient breadth and depth for the course to be taken as a first qualification giving eligibility for the Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to hold at least an upper second class honors Bachelor degree or its equivalent (for example, GPA 3.3) from a recognised university course. They will have at least 60 psychology ECTS credits or cognate ECTS credits (for example, credits earned from psychology modules taken as part of a sociology or economics degree). Alternatively, applicants will have completed a minor Psychology honours degree that did not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Membership from the Psychological Society of Ireland. Relevant qualifications and psychology credits earned include those taken in the course of a degree in Anthropology, any of the Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Education studies, Health and Social Care, Human Resources, Humanities combined awards, Law, Linguistics, Marketing, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Politics, Psychotherapy or Counselling, Social work, Sociology, or Youth and Community Studies.

Applicants to the course will be required, at the application stage, to supply transcripts and to provide detailed information about the contact hours, ECTS credit volume, content and assessment of psychology-related or cognate modules completed during their primary degree. This information will form the basis for their admission to this course.


1 years full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr. Jean Quigley
Course Email:
Course Tel: +353-1-896 2290

Subjects taught

Students will cover the 6 mandatory areas of psychology required for Psychological Society of Ireland accreditation:
• Cognitive Psychology
• Biological Psychology
• Social Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Individual Differences
• Advanced Research Methods

At least two modules in each of the six areas will be available every year. All conversion students must gain credit in each of these areas by passing a module in that area.

Five core modules are compulsory and will be offered every year:
• Statistics & Methodology I & II
• Advanced Psychology
• Conducting Research in Psychology
• Introduction to Psychometrics

Optional modules will be offered every year (subject to staff availability, timetabling constraints and demand). The following is an example of the range of modules* that will be offered:
• Applied Issues in Developmental Psychology
• Child Development in Changing Family Contexts
• Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology
• Culture & Health
• Embodiment
• Issues in Adult Clinical Psychology
• Issues in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
• Issues in Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disability
• Social Neuroscience
• The Brain through the Lifetime

In addition, all students will be required to submit a dissertation based on an empirical investigation of a topic in psychology.
*optional modules will change each year.

Application date

Closing Date: 31st March 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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