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Psychological Science MSc (Psychology)

Course Details

Course Code: MSPSSCTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Marianne Tormey
Email:
psychology@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 (0)61 233774
Web:
Name:
Dr Jenny Roth
Address:
Dept. of Psychology
Email:
Jenny.Roth@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 61 234934

Brief Description

The MSc in Psychological Science programme is based in the Department of Psychology, which has a strong focus on research and its applications to social issues. The master programme reflects the core orientation of the department with emphases on research methods, applied & social psychology and clinical psychology. The course represents an exit route for those interested in research careers in the voluntary/state sector, and it provides an excellent basis for entry to doctoral level degree programmes in psychology for those with a PSI-accredited undergraduate degree. The MSc in Psychological Science is not accredited, and applicants without existing accreditation should consider our MA Psychology conversion course https://www.ul.ie/gps/course/psychology-ma

 

Application Deadline: 31st May 2020. Applications may still be considered after that date in the unlikely case that places are still available.

This programme provides candidates with advanced skills in the methods and topics of Psychological Science broadly defined. The stream structure allows candidates to further specialize in Research Methods, Applied & Social Psychology or Clinical Psychology to tailor their degree to their own career trajectory.   

Candidates gain advanced research and analytical skills highly sought after in the field of psychology and in academic/commercial/social research environments. On successful completion of this programme, 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.

The programme provides advanced training in psychological science, with scope to specialize in one of three streams: Research Methods, Applied & Social Psychology, and Clinical Psychology. Once accepted into the programme candidates can select the stream of their choice without restriction. 

 Research Methods Stream  Applied & Social Psychology Stream Clinical Psychology Stream  
2 RESEARCH METHODS 

PS6061 - PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1

PS6052 - PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY 2

2 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 

PS6071 - SOCIAL INFLUENCE AND ATTITUDE CHANGE

PS6062 - ADVANCED PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIAL IDENTITY RESEARCH  

2 RESEARCH METHODS 

PS6061 - PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1

PS6052 - PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGY 2 

    2 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY MODULES

PS6091 - CLINICAL MODELS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

PS6092 - METHODS OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTION

4 ELECTIVES FROM ELECTIVE POOL NOT ALREADY IN STREAM 4 ELECTIVES FROM ELECTIVE POOL NOT ALREADY IN STREAM 2 ELECTIVES FROM ELECTIVE POOL NOT ALREADY IN STREAM
Elective pool:

PS6081 - PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING

PS6072 - COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

PS6082 - ADVANCED STUDIES IN POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

PM6021 - PSYCHOLOGY OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS

 PM6011 - ORGANISATIONAL THEORY

IE6011 - HUMAN PERFORMANCE

SS6002 - APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

SS6011 - ANALYSIS OF MOTOR SKILL PERFORMANCE AND LEARNING

PM6162 - WELLBEING AND WORK

PM6042 - HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

IE6022 - WORK PSYCHOLOGY

SS6001 - APPLIED EXERCISE AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

SS6012 - PSYCHOLOGY OF MOVEMENT DEVELOPMENT FROM INFANCY TO ADOLESCENCE

  (MODULE AVAILABILITY MAY CHANGE FROM YEAR TO YEAR) 

Major Research Project (Finalized in Summer Semester)

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

Normally a 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) 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) written 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
  • Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • 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.
 

MSc Student Charles Brand

"I am approaching the halfway stage of my first semester in the MSc Psychological Science programme at the University of Limerick.  My professional end goal is clinical psychology and UL provided the only course I could find that offered a choice of specialised clinical training.  I am very impressed by the enthusiasm of the teaching staff and I definitely feel part of team that's engaged in maximising my learning potential. 
There is plenty of support available from staff as well as opportunities to engage with them through their research areas and gain experience as a research assistant.  As a selling point to potential employers and to help future applications to other academic programmes this experience is invaluable.”

“The UL campus facilities are amazing with excellent academic study and research areas, really modern library as well as a state of the art sports arena.  I really like the fact that the main concert hall hosts some of the best entertainment on tour in the country because it means I don't have to travel to take advantage of it.  This makes the feeling around campus really vibrant and helps to take the pressure off the academic side of things.”

“Overall I’m really happy with the course delivery of the Psychological Science MSc and learning environment at UL.  There’s the opportunity to have a good balance of work and play and I think both are important for making the best of my time at college.”