Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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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 Methods

  • PS6041 - Advanced Research Design
  • PS6051 - Advanced Analysis 1
  • PS6032  - Advanced Analysis 2
  • PS6042 - Qualitative Research Methods

Major Research Project (Finalized in Summer Semester)

Elective Pool:


  • SS6002 - Applied Sport Psychology
  • PS6132 - Migration: Inclusion and Health
  • PS6082 - Political Psychology
  • PS6081 – Problem Solving& Decision Making
  • 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
  • PS6091 – Clinical Modules of Psychological Disorders
  • PS6092 – Methods of Clinical Diagnosis and Intervention
  • PS6072 – Community Psychology
  • PS6121 – Advances in Health Psychology


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.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status


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