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The Master of Art in Psychology (MA Psychology) is a full-time 1-year conversion course that integrates existing undergraduate modules and postgraduate modules. The course - accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) - has been designed for students with prior experiences in psychology and research methods comparable to 1 year of study (10 modules; 60 ECTS).On successful completion of the programme, it is expected that the student will be able to:

Identify the fundamental psychological processes that underlie psychological phenomena in cognition, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, and biological psychology.

Understand the fundamental principles of research methods.

Critically evaluate current issues in psychological research and its applications in society.

Demonstrate how psychological issues can be investigated and critically evaluated.

Select and develop strategies to investigate and solve psychological issues on the level of individuals and groups.

Apply the fundamental psychological concepts and practices to psychological issues in research and in the social context.

Demonstrate expertise in applying psychological methods when assessing and solving psychological issues.

Demonstrate interpersonal competencies and professional sensitivity including ethical behaviour.Conceptualise, research and write critical assessments of psychological areas of investigation.

Understand and evaluate the significance of psychological research and the findings that it can provide.

Critically evaluate psychological applications to solutions in society considering contextual limitations and the feasibility of psychological interventions.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Normally a 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) is required, with a minimum of 60 ECTS or equivalent experience in psychology and research methods in a cognate field (e.g., sociology). The amount of credits associated with psychology modules must be equivalent to more than 50% of the overall credits. In the case of international candidates, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Board and the guidelines of UL Graduate School Admissions is required. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a standard English language competency test in line with UL requirements will be necessary. Where deemed necessary, candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.

•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.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this 1-year conversion course will be eligible for graduate membership in the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). They can also apply for graduate membership in the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Further enquiries

For further information please visit the departmental web page,, or contact the administrator:
Grainne Kelly, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
Phone: +353 (0)61 233774

Applicants who wish to discuss detailed elements of the programme may contact the Course Director:
Dr. Aisling O'Donnell
Department of Psychology, University of Limerick
Phone: +353 (0)61 202169

Subjects taught

Psychology of the Personality
Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
Empirical Psychology
Social Influence and Attitude Change

•Elective (eg., Advanced Research Design; Psychology of employee relations; Applied sport psychology)

Human Development and the Life Span 1
Research Methods;
Advanced Empirical Psychology
Cognition 1

•Elective (e.g., Community psychology; Work psychology; Performance psychology)

Major Research Project

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Application date

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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