What will I learn?

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
  • Emphasizes acquisition of skills for professional practice
  • Equips you for doctoral studies in clinical, counselling, educational or organizational 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.

Programme Outcomes

  • 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.

Careers & Employability

Equips you for doctoral studies in clinical, counselling, educational or organisational psychology or for progressing to a PhD in psychological research

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€21,200.00 (US$ 23,384) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 January 2020

Venue

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. However intending applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement. UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

For international students

Candidates may apply for admission to the Masters in Psychological Science if they have the following:

  • At least an upper second class honours bachelor’s degree in Psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland or by the Psychology Society of the country in which the degree was awarded (minimum GPA 3.4/4.0)
  • At least an upper second class honours Higher Diploma in Psychology (conversion course) recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland or by the psychology society of the country in which the degree was awarded (minimum GPA 3.4/4.0).

IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University:

A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +; a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

Cambridge Examinations: English language examinations administered by the University of Cambridge: 180+ on Cambridge English scale (with no less than 175 in each skill and use of English).

Acceptable Examinations:

  • Proficiency Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2).
  • Advanced Certificate, Grade C (i.e. CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • First Certificate, Grade A (i.e. CEFR Level C1)

Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item of both skills profiles.

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