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Psychological Science

Overview
On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that students will be able to:

- Describe advanced research methods and a variety of psychological theories and paradigms, and identify the applicability of psychological methods and theories to personal and social issues.

- Demonstrate reflective and critical thinking regarding psychological research and its applications and recognise the significance of psychological theories and psychological research methods for personal and social issues in everyday life.

- Develop and apply learning practices for independent studies, such as to identify where and how to locate and access information relevant to the study and research, to interrogate new information, to break tasks into manageable parts, to focus on task-related goals and to provide and receive feedback on learning experiences and progress.

- Display communication and presentation skills, that is, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and interviewing skills.

- Demonstrate interpersonal competencies and professional sensitivity in accordance with the role of psychologists in society, and develop mature and ethical attitudes that help to understand and address social and psychological issues.

- Apply psychological theories and methods to personal and social issues by considering the utility and feasibility of such applications.

Programme Content
The course has 3 Streams: Research Methods, Applied & Social Psychology, and Clinical Psychology - graphical view of three streams.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - QQI) in psychology is required. In addition, we will consider relevant work experience and equivalent qualifications in cognate fields (e.g., sociology, economics) with substantial research methods experience. In the case of international candidates the overseas equivalent is required. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a Standard English Language Competency Test will be necessary. Candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English 1 (one) academic reference.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Further enquiries

For further information please visit the departmental web pages:
www.ul.ie/psychology, http://tiny.cc/MScPsychScience, or
contact the Administrator: Grainne Kelly
Email: psychology@ul.ie
Phone: +353 (0)61 233774

Applicants who wish to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the Course Director:
Dr. Mike Quayle
Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
Email: mike.quayle@ul.ie
Phone: +353 (0)61 202059

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester
• Advanced Research Designs in Psychology
• Advanced Analysis in Psychology 1
• Professional Skills in Psychology 1
• Clinical Models of Psychological Disorders
• Social Influence & Attitude Change
• Problem Solving & Decision Making
• Psychology of Employee Relations
• Organisational Theory
• Human Performance
• Applied Sport Psychology
• Analysis of Motor Skill Performance and Learning

Spring Semester
• Advanced Analysis in Psychology 2
• Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
• Professional Skills in Psychology 2
• Clinical Diagnostic and Methods of Intervention
• Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research
• Community Psychology
• Work Design and Employee Well Being
• Human Resource Development
• Work Psychology
• Occupational Ergonomics
• Applied Exercise and Health Psychology
• Psychology of Movement Development from Infancy to Adolescence

Summer Semester
• Major Research Project

Application date

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 31st May Applications may still be successful after this deadline if spaces are available on the programme.

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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