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MSc in Psychology (Conversion)

MSc in Psychology (Conversion)

  • PAC CodeDC767
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Duration 1 Year

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€7,650
  • Non EU Fees€15,300
About fees & requirements

The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) offers a conversion route into psychology for graduates who hold an honours degree in a psychology-related discipline (Human Sciences, Sports Sciences, Education etc). This programme offers a fast-track (one-year intense) conversion route where students are exposed to cutting-edge innovations in psychology and have the opportunity to develop practice-based skills such as counselling.

The programme has been formally accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).


The programme is a one-year intensive full-time masters, which has been fully accredited by PSI. Classes are timetabled for between 20-30 hours per week each semester, four days a week. In Semester 1, you will cover six core areas:

  • Biological Bases of behaviour
  • Developmental and Lifespan Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Difference
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Design and Methods

In Semester 2, you will study three advanced modules:

  • Individual Differences
  • Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Social Cognitive Psychology

A further module examines contemporary issues and the use of technology in psychology research and practice. You will also select one elective module specifically designed for graduates who intend to pursue further study in applied settings including clinical psychology, and educational psychology, and a thesis/research project in an area of your choice.



This programme offers a fast-track conversion route into the discipline of psychology where you are exposed to cutting-edge innovations in psychology and have the opportunity to develop practice-based skills (counselling). It contains applied modules, which focus on psychological issues in the real world today; technological innovations in psychology, clinical applications and the emerging field of social cognition. The programme can allow a change in career direction for individuals who have studied some psychology at undergraduate level and wish to pursue a career in this field.


The programme has been designed to enable graduates to seek membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland upon completion. Such membership is a prerequisite for further study in psychology, including clinical and applied areas. Graduates who wish to pursue further study in psychology as a discipline can go on to specialise with either masters and doctorate qualifications in counselling, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology and a range of other specialist areas in psychology.


Jobs options for graduates:

  • Assistant psychologist positions
  • Careers advice
  • Marketing/sales positions

In these areas


General Entry Requirements

This programme is now full and applications are closed.

For admission to the MSc in Psychology (Conversion), entrants will typically hold:

  • A (NFQ) Level 8 Honours Degee with a H2.1 or international equivalent in a discipline cognate to Psychology (e.g. Humanities; Human Sciences, Education Sociology, Health and Society, etc.) or have completed a Psychology Honours Degree that did not confer eligibility for the graduate basis from the Psychological Society of Ireland (otherwise known as Psychological Studies degree). 
  • Applicants should also have a minimum combined total of 60 ECTS in Psychology modules (or modules with a substantial element of Psychology, e.g Health Promotion, Human Resouces, etc.) and Research Methods modules (or equivalent modules, e.g. Research Project/Thesis, Statistics, Data Analysis/Data Handling etc.)
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competancy in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.

In addition to the above, applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be considered.  This may include demonstrated substantial additional prior experiential learning in Psychology and/or Research Methods.  These individuals will be considered on a  case by case basis.  We will particulary recognise those individuals who have substantial Research Methods and Statistics experience.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

  • All applicants should apply through
  • Search for course code DC767.
  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
  • Personal statement addressing why you wish to do this particular programme indicating clearly your experience in Psychology and Research Methods to date (academic, experiential and professional).
  • Please include your CV and details of relevant experience.
  • Where relevant, evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Application Deadlines

This programme is now full and applications are closed.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to

Commencement of Programme

 The programme commences in September 2019.



Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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MSc in Psychology (Conversion) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €7,650 €15,300