MPsychSc Psychological Science
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The focus of this programme is on acquiring basic applied psychology skills to equip you for doctoral studies in clinical, counselling, educational or organisational psychology, or for progressing to a PhD in psychological research. Over the course of the year students work with a staff member to complete a research project. In keeping with the skills-based focus of the programme, the research is written up as a journal article that conforms to the publication style of an identified journal. Applicants are invited to review the research areas of the School's Academic Staff. In most cases, students work on one of their supervisor's ongoing research projects.
- One year full-time taught masters in basic applied psychology skills
- Emphasises acquisition of skills for professional practice
- Equips you for doctoral studies in clinical, counselling, educational or organisational psychology or for progressing to a PhD in psychological research
- Research project, supervised by a member of staff and written up as a journal article
- Includes a psychometric assessment module that meets requirements to obtain BPS certification
Vision and Values Statement
The M.Psych.Sc. has been designed to equip psychology graduates with the inter-personal sensitivities, methodological and statistical skills that form the basis for a wide range of professional training programmes in psychology (including for example, clinical, education, organizational, and academic). Students are expected to be curious, self motivated and independent in their approach to the study of psychology and to develop the skills to become reflective in their professional work. The learning environment emphasizes the active participation of students, encourages team work and collaborative research. Students are encouraged to develop their critical appraisal, analytical and methodological capabilities through interaction with faculty, peers and independent study.
The focus of the programme is on professional skill acquisition and this is reflected in the active nature of the learning environment in the modules. The programme uses a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment including traditional faculty-led seminars, student presentations, experiential learning, classroom role-play and case studies. An integral part of the research training is staff supervision and, usually, membership of a collaborative research team. In addition, students are expected to undertake self-directed study for all of the modules and are advised that they need to set aside time for study each week. Assessment strategies include both traditional and innovative as appropriate to the specific skill set that is being assessed.
-On successful completion of the programme the students should be able to: understand and apply a range of professional skills rooted in the principles and concepts of psychology
-apply advanced analytic methods to address psychological questions through independent data collection and/or analysis of existing data sets;
-understand, and apply principles of ethical conduct of research;
-communicate and explain psychological research to diverse audiences, including both specialist and non-specialist;
-critically reflect on experiences and apply those in a cycle of self-improvement
-work collaboratively with groups of peers to achieve mutual goals
-demonstrate cultural sensitivity and competence in professional practice with diverse groups of people.
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