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Psychology - Applied

Overview
The MA in Applied Psychology gives you an advanced understanding of the discipline of psychology in applied settings. The course is designed to help you appreciate the potential and values of applied psychology, think critically about psychological theory and practice and give you the opportunity to explore your own particular interests.

Applied psychologists use research and theory to analyse real-world situations, develop appropriate interventions, and evaluate outcomes. The course will enable you to pursue postgraduate professional training opportunities, and to pursue a variety of career paths where psychological expertise is needed.

Successful applicants to the MA in Applied Psychology are eligible to be considered for the Ann Moloney Bursary, sponsored by Enable Ireland .

Course Practicalities
This is a one-year full-time course. Lectures take place on Monday- Wednesday inclusive. A placement, which is a non-compulsory element of the AP6111 module, is considered a unique learning experience that will give you workplace experience over a six-month period. Please note that placements are not guaranteed for every student.

There may be travel costs associated with module AP6111, a non-compulsory placement module.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The MA in Applied Psychology will appeal to psychology graduates who want to pursue a professional career or take further professional postgraduate training in psychology. The particular strength of this course lies in its applied ethos. Graduates from the MA have found their placement and research experiences to be particularly beneficial in supporting their successful application to specific professional education courses in psychology.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 degree in psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) (or non-Irish equivalent).

In exceptional cases, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another masters degree, a 2.2 degree may be considered. In such cases, the student should set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application.

COMPLETING statement questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these online statement questions are available to view on course webpage (under Application Procedure or Detailed Entry Requirements) - link below to course webpage.

Eligible candidates may be interviewed. Selection from amongst eligible candidates will be made according to the following criteria:
i) Academic performance;
ii) Research capacity;
iii) Commitment to the area of applied psychology.

Note: A minimum intake of 10 students will be required to run this programme.

UCC requires all students on the MA in Applied Psychology to undergo garda vetting.

For all applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent is required. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year full-time.

This is a one-year full-time course. Lectures take place on Monday - Wednesday inclusive. A placement, which is a non-compulsory element of the AP6111 module, is considered a unique learning experience that will give you workplace experience over a six-month period. Please note that placements are not guaranteed for every student.

There may be travel costs associated with module AP6111, a non-compulsory placement module.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

On completion of this course you have:

The ability to critically appraise psychological research and practice in a range of settings

Advanced knowledge of the professional and ethical issues that may arise in the application of psychology

An adequate level of competence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues

Skills in planning and implementing an effective research course

Further competencies developed through this course include interview, assessment, communication and presentation skills.

Placement and Study Abroad Information
Students on the MA in Applied Psychology have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience through the six-month placement module (AP6111).

Further enquiries

Programme Directors
Dr. Angela Veale
Email: a.veale@ucc.ie
Tel. 00 353 21 4904509

Dr. Sharon Lambert
Email: sharon.lambert@ucc.ie
Tel. 00 353 21 4904505

Subjects taught

The MA in Applied Psychology is a one year full-time course structured in two parts:

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
Core Modules
Students take 35 credits as follows:
AP6016 Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
AP6023 Psychological Assessment (5 credits)
AP6112 Critical Issues in Applying Psychology (5 credits)
AP6172 Methods of Investigation (5 credits)
AP6173 Service Design and Evaluation (10 credits)

Elective Modules
Students take 25 credits from the following:
AP3015 Forensic Psychology (5 credits)
AP3019 Human Sexuality (5 credits)
AP3030 Special Educational Needs: Aetiology, Assessment and Intervention (5 credits)
AP3037 Work Psychology (5 credits)
AP3110 Psychological Therapies (5 credits)
AP6116 Positive Psychology and Coaching (5 credits)
AP6128 Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Skills (5 credits)
AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP6142 Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) (5 credits)
AP6144 Applied Clinical Issues (Adult Mental Health) (5 credits)
AP6153 Placement (15 credits)
AP6154 Conflict and Co-operation (5 credits)
AP6155 Applied Clinical Issues (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) (5 credits)
AP6156 Psychology and Intellectual Disabilities (5 credits)
AP6175 Cultural Competence in Psychological Practice (5 credits)

(Electives are those available in 2015-6 and may be subject to minor changes. AP6153 Placement is offered each year and will be offered in 2016-2017 ).

Part II
AP6137 Dissertation in Applied Psychology (30 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

The Ann Moloney Bursary
Successful applicants to the MA in Applied Psychology are eligible to be considered for the Ann Moloney Bursary, sponsored by Enable Ireland, which acknowledges the contribution made by Ann Moloney in linking UCC psychology graduates to the applied work setting. Ann worked for over 30 years as a lecturer in the Applied Psychology Department at UCC and also as Principal Psychologist at Enable Ireland Cork. Enable Ireland is a national organisation that provides a range of services including therapy, intervention and support services for children and adults with a physical disability. The Bursary, to the value of €1,000, will provide an opportunity for a psychology graduate to avail of a part-time work placement in the psychology department at Enable Ireland Cork, a placement-linked honorarium, and a parchment which is awarded at the UCC Scholarships and Prizes day.

The Bursary is awarded through an Interview Process in the School of Applied Psychology, which is completed as part of the Placement Process. Students who apply for an interview with Enable Ireland as their top choice of placement will be considered for the award.

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
The MA in Applied Psychology is delivered by staff from the School of Applied Psychology in the main. Contributions are also made from other professional / voluntary bodies where appropriate.

Unique Aspects of the Course
The MA in Applied Psychology will appeal to psychology graduates who want to pursue a professional career or take further professional postgraduate training in psychology. The particular strength of this course lies in its applied ethos. Graduates from the MA have found their placement and research experiences to be particularly beneficial in supporting their successful application to specific professional education courses in psychology.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into the MA in Applied Psychology. These include essays, research funding applications, portfolios, reports, class tests, research proposals, journal of learning, class presentations, research thesis, taped practice work with transcript and analysis.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 full-time

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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