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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 (NFQ) 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.
  • 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.

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

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 12th July 2019.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 9th August 2019.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.


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.