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MSc in Psychology (Conversion)

MSc in Psychology (Conversion)

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

The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) offers a conversion route for graduates who hold an honours degree in Psychological Studies or a discipline cognate to Psychology, with at least 30 ECTS credits in Psychology or Psychology-related modules; and 30 ECTS in Research Methods modules or equivalent. Cognate discipline degrees may include Humanities; Health Sciences etc.  Psychological Studies degrees are those that do not confer eligibility for the graduate basis from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or the British Psychological Society (BPS). Our one year Pre-professional MSc programme is the essential first-step for those graduates aspiring to pursue a career in Psychology. 

A pre-professional degree in Psychology offers graduates the opportunity to work in Psychology based professions. However, further education and professional training at postgraduate level is required post conversion to permit graduates to work as professional psychologists.

This one-year, full-time programme, at level nine of the National Framework of Qualifications, covers a comprehensive curriculum in psychology with a strong focus on practical and research skills. Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accreditation of this programme is pending.


This programme of study will cover the key mandatory areas of psychology including Cognitive; Biological; Social; Developmental and Lifespan; Individual difference and Research methods, and Professional ethics.

The following modules* (Core modules in Semesters 1 and 2; Elective module in Semester 2) are offered:

Semester One Core

  • Cognition across the Lifespan
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology and Contemporary Issues
  • Lifespan Development (from childhood to adulthood)
  • Psychological Health, Difficulties and Disorders 

Semester Two Core

  • Advanced Conceptual Issues and Innovative Approaches in Psychology
  • Advanced Individual Difference, Psychological Measurement and Assessment
  • Advanced Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Advanced Social Cognitive Psychology

An additional module called Advanced Psychology Research Skills, Methods and Data Management, which spans Semesters 1 and 2, focuses on developing advanced research skills.  Students will also complete a year-long supervised individual research project.

A choice of an elective module in Semester 2 can be taken from the following:

  • Crime and Psychology
  • Psychology of Self-Control
  • Counselling and Psychology
  • Psychology of Adolescence

*modules are subject to change without notice from year to year

This programme of study will:

  • Provide the Psychological Society of Ireland pre-requisite and pre-professional knowledge and skills to seek further training in Psychology;
  • Provide research-led teaching including additional workshops and seminars in an interactive spring school and through-out the academic year;
  • Enhance opportunities for learners to enter or progress their careers in a variety of public and private settings;
  • Benefit those keen to pursue more advanced and specialised postgraduate studies.
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This programme is designed to be a springboard for graduates who wish to make a career move from a general area to a specialised discipline such as Psychology.

Upon successful completion of this programme Non-EEA graduates are eligible to apply for the Third Level Graduate Programme to obtain a visa for up to two years, for the purpose of seeking employment.

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General Entry Requirements

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

A Level 8 Honours Degee with a H2.1 or international equivalent in a discipline cognate to Psychology (e.g. Humanities; Human sciences 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 have a minimum of 60 ECTS or equivalent experience in Psychology or module with substantial element of Psychology and Research Methods or equivalent.  At least 50% of the 60 ECTS requirement must be associated with psychology or cognate modules, with the remainder made up of

research methods, and data management skills in Psychology or a cognate area.

ALL Applicants MUST submit:

  • Certified Academic Transcripts for all years of study at college or university
  • Personal Statement outlining your reasons for applying for this course; how you meet the entry criteria in terms of academic modules; 
  • CV outlining relevant professional experience in Psychology.




International Applications

In addition to the above, non-native English speakers must also submit:

  • Certified Academic Transcripts in original language along with certified English translation

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language, they must satisfy the University of their competency in English language click here . For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications

EU Applicants

Apply on line througn the Postgradute Applications Centre by 14th August 2018 for the September 2018 intake.


Non-EU Applicants

Apply on line througn the Postgradute Applications Centre by 11th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining enty into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.