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Psychological Science MSc (Psychology)

Course Details


Available: Full- Time

Duration: 1 Year

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Marianne Tormey
+353 (0)61 233774
Dr Jenny Roth
Dept. of Psychology
+353 61 234934
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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, social psychology, community and health 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



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, Social Psychology, Community and Health 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 four streams: Research Methods, Social Psychology, Community and Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology. Once accepted into the programme candidates can select the stream of their choice without restriction. 

4 Core Modules in Research

  • PS6042
  • PS6051
  • PS6032
  • PS6042
Research Methods Stream Social Psychology Stream Clinical Psychology Stream Community & Health Psychology Stream
2 Research Methods 2 Social Psychology 2 Research Methods 1 Community Psychology
  • PS6061 – Professional Skills in Psychology 1
  • PS6052 – Professional Skills in Psychology 2
  • PS6071 – Social Influence and Attitude Change
  • PS6062 – Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research
  • PS6061 – Professional skills in Psychology 1
  • PS6052 – Professional Skills in Psychology 2

2 Clinical Psychology

  • PS6091 – Clinical Modules of Psychological Disorders
  • PS6092 – Methods of Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention
  • PS6072 – Community Psychology

1 Health Psychology

  • PS6121 – Advances in Health Psychology
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 4 Electives from Elective Pool not already in stream
Elective Pool
IE5631 - Anatomy and Physiology Foundations SS6002 - Applied Sport Psychology


SS6011 - Analysis of Motor Skill Performance and Learning PS6121 - Advances in Health Psychology (same content as PS4138)
PS6052 - Professional Skills in Psychology 2 PS6092 - Clinical Diagnostic and Methods of Intervention PS6062 - Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research PS6072 – Community Psychology


PS6082 - Political Psychology (not available to students who have completed PS4087 in prior degree) PS6132 - Migration: Inclusion and Health PM6162 - Wellbeing and Work


PM6132 - Workplace Learning and Development


SS6092 - Exercise Psychology and Mental Health SS6012 - Psychology of Movement Development from Infancy to Adolescence PS6081 – Problem Solving& Decision Making


PM6011 – Organisational Theory


IE6011   - Human Performance SS6002 - Applied Sport Psychology SS6011 - Analysis of Motor Skill Performance & 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
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.


  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • 1 (one) written academic reference.
  • Research Knowledge form -  click here
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Graduate Testimonials

Brooke McMullen - Born and raised in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, I completed undergraduate studies at The University of New Hampshire in 2016. While working towards a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, I had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at The University of Limerick in 2015. Ireland always felt like a second home to me, and so I was optimistic about my dream to live and pursue postgraduate studies in Ireland. 

Following my undergraduate studies, I spent 3.5 years working as a Child Developmental Specialist for an Early Intervention agency in Boston, MA., where I provided clinical and therapeutic services to children ages 0-3 years and their families. Simultaneously, also playing a small role in the Eisenhower et al. (2020) study, "The Multi-Stage Screening in Early Intervention: A Critical Strategy for Improving Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Identification and Addressing Disparities". 

I have always been particularly interested in mental health, psychological research, and research involving typical and atypical early childhood development, especially the dynamic history and evolution of ASD. Being involved in this research, even on a small scale, inspired me to pursue a Master of Science in Psychological Sciences, with a stream in Clinical Psychology at UL. 

Firstly, the quality of instruction and the modules' comprehensive structure was challenging yet rewarding. For the major research project (MRP), I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Barry Coughlan as my supervisor, a Clinical Psychologist, who's research interests parallel mine.

Not only did I have the significant research experience, extensive knowledge, and unceasing encouragement of my University supervisor, but I also had guidance from the Healthy UL network and co-investigators of the project. Additionally, I had extensive support from my Advanced Analysis lecturer who dedicated his time to helping me with the research project analyses and interpreting the findings.

Additionally, while completing the MRP, Dr. Barry Coughlan and I began talking about the possibility of constructing a PhD project on Identifying Girls with Autism in Early Childhood, which is now underway. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity, and it is an honour to be connected with and co-supervised by Professor Barry Carpenter, the author of Girls and Autism.
Beyond the academic advantages I have benefitted from my MSc experience in Psychological Sciences at the University of Limerick, I have also developed several meaningful and life-long friendships with other students in the programme. The rigorous nature of the course work, and the compulsory group projects of the modules, fosters an environment of mutual support and friendship building. These relationships are close friendships and stepping stones to important networking contacts for my future education and employment opportunities. 

Andrew Moynihan - I chose to do the MSc in Psychological Science at the University of Limerick to improve my research skills and training in social psychology. The comprehensive range of modules available on this course in social, clinical, health, occupational psychology, and research methods makes it a perfect choice for those interested in further study with a view to branching into a specific area of psychology. The staff’s broad range of research interests introduced me to an array of interesting topics I had not yet encountered previously such as existential psychology, community psychology, and social identity research, which address key issues in modern society. Small classes on the MSc programme creates an atmosphere of mutual support, which enhances the learning and college experience. This is made all the better by the excellent teaching, first-rate research, and eagerness to help that comes from working with a pleasant, friendly, and professional staff. The University of Limerick is a beautiful and modern campus with excellent facilities. I know that my experience on the MSc in Psychological Science programme has made me more competent, professional, and confident in my career.