MPsychSc Psychological Science


University College Dublin    UCD School of Psychology

Full time See Course Other Full-time: 1 year
Psychology (31)

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The MPsychSc Psychological Science programme is a one-year full-time taught Masters programme that focuses on acquiring basic applied psychology skills. It is designed to equip psychology graduates with the necessary skills for professional practice and to prepare them for doctoral studies or a PhD in psychological research. The programme includes a research project, supervised by a staff member, which is written up as a journal article. One unique feature of the programme is the psychometric assessment module, which meets requirements for BPS certification. The entry requirements include an upper second-class honours degree or a higher diploma in Psychology.

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Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

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.

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Entry Requirements

- 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)

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Caoimhe McManus

Graduated in 2021

Studying the Masters in Psychological Science was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The course teaching allowed me to develop a deep theoretical understanding of the concepts underlying fundamental areas of practice, whilst also allowing the opportunity to connect with experts working at both research and clinical levels. The practical elements of the course helped me develop competencies in psychometric assessment, whilst simultaneously placing a strong focus on building core therapeutic skills. Research components allowed me to further develop my skills and knowledge, particularly the practical research module which provided the opportunity to collaborate with a network of academics in both UCD and across other universities. Overall, this course provided me with a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the application of psychological science which has been hugely beneficial to me when working as both an assistant psychologist and a research assistant"

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