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Master of Science (MSc) in Applied Psychology



What will I learn?


This Master of Science in Applied Psychology provides learners with the theoretical background and practical skills to apply their Psychological knowledge efficiently and productively to effect positive change in the world. It has been designed with an integrated delivery from end‐to‐end, covering a wide range of specialist topics that provide learners with the knowledge of theories, concepts and processes relating to Psychology and helps them understand how these can be applied in a variety of contemporary settings. Learners will explore human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives and through a detailed understanding of the discipline, both theoretically and methodologically, and will be enabled to assess appropriate interventions and design appropriate solutions for clients’ needs. Modules focus on the applied nature of professional and ethical issues, neuroscience, life transitions and interventions and advanced research methods. Other modules have a specific focus upon the application of theory to the ‘real world’ allowing learners to further develop and apply competencies and knowledge in both Health Psychology and Organisational Psychology-themed applied modules.

Finally, the programme offers a choice of elective capstone pathways (30 ECTS) that provide an opportunity for independent placement or research and the production of a Placement Project or Research Dissertation. Learners who complete the full programme will therefore also develop and enhance their research capability through critical enquiry and detailed analytical problem solving.

Programme Objectives

The specific programme objectives are to:

Enable learners to explore the various theories, concepts and processes of Applied Psychology.

Facilitate critical evaluation of competing Psychological theories through critical analysis and appraisal of Psychological studies and projects.

Enable learners to understand how these theories can be applied to understanding human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives.

Relate Psychological concepts, theories and processes to a variety of professional individual and group settings and situations.

Develop in learners an understanding of contemporary local and global issues using an Applied Psychological perspective.

Enable learners to assess appropriate interventions and design appropriate solutions for clients’ needs.

Enable learners to explore advanced research methods and demonstrate a detailed understanding of the theoretical and methodological considerations, evidencing these skills in a placement and/or major research project.

Provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their employment and educational opportunities and achieve the award of a Master of Science in Applied Psychology.

Which department am I in?

Dublin Business School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€12,750.00 (US$ 13,447) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Dublin Business School

13/14 Aungier Street,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum entry requirements are: A minimum Second Class Honours Degree (2.2) in any discipline from a recognised third level institution, or An equivalent professional qualification such as ACCA or CIMA or Higher Diploma in Business Level 8 conversion programme.

For international students

A first qualification in Psychology of an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) at NFQ Level 8 or above accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland or show eligibility for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland. (In exceptional cases, the college may accept a lower Second-class Honours degree in Psychology on the basis of an interview).

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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