School of Psychology

MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing

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1 Year Full-Time & 2 Years Part-Time
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The MSc in Psychology and Wellbeing is the next step for psychology graduates aspiring to bring strong theoretical and practical knowledge of factors influencing wellbeing to their work or future career. It is an ideal programme for those engaging in continuing professional development or those looking for a stepping stone to a research career, clinical doctorate or other professional training. The focus of this programme is on the impact of psychological, societal, environmental and physical factors on the wellbeing of communities, families and individuals throughout their lives. This programme, at level nine of the National Framework of Qualifications, covers a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on practical and research skills. It is offered on both a full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) basis.

The 90-credit programme is offered on both a one-year full-time and two-year part-time basis.

One-year, full-time

The full-time commitment is between two and two and a half days on campus per week (Monday and Tuesday*) for one year. In addition, all students are expected to attend a week-long Spring School on the DCU Glasnevin campus, usually held in March*.

Two-year, part-time

The part-time commitment is one full day on campus per week for two years - Year 1: Monday and Year 2: Tuesday*. In addition, all students are expected to attend a week-long Spring School on the DCU Glasnevin campus, usually held in March*.

*Please note that days and dates are subject to change depending on timetabling.


Students will complete the following modules:

  • Wellbeing, Mental Health and Community Psychology
  • Innovations in evidence-based psychological practice
  • Environmental influences on well-being
  • Wellbeing through the lifespan

An additional module, which spans Semesters 1 and 2, focuses on developing individual specialism in one area of psychology and wellbeing through in-depth literature review.  

Students will also complete a year-long supervised individual research project.

The programme will:

  • Challenge students to develop their theoretical and conceptual knowledge of factors impacting wellbeing
  • Provide research-led teaching including additional workshops and seminars in an interactive spring school
  • 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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The psychology team at DCU is a dynamic group with an excellent track record of research and teaching in the area of wellbeing. The MSc Psychology and Wellbeing is the first programme of its kind in Ireland and offers psychology graduates the opportunity to gain a pre-professional qualification in the growth area of wellbeing. Graduates will be strongly positioned to advance their existing careers or go on to further develop their research or professional skills.


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This programme provides an excellent springboard for students going on to further clinical. research or professional psychology training.

This programme would also benefit those who are working in applied settings including in education, community settings, mental health, family support, and clinical psychology.


For admission to the M.Sc. in Psychology and Well-being, entrants will normally:

• Have a relevant undergraduate degree in psychology (or equivalent - e.g. psychology conversion) with a minimum H2.1 or equivalent

• Candidates must demonstrate eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Specifically:

       - The study of psychology should be spread over at least three conventional academic years (or at least 12 months in the case of a conversion programme)

       - The modules upon which their primary degree classification is calculated consisted of at least 50% psychology modules.

       - These modules must cover the core areas of psychology as identified by the PSI Biological Bases of Behaviour, Developmental and Lifespan Psychology, Social Psychology,   Personality and Individual

          Differences, Cognitive Psychology, Research Design, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (including Practical Component) and should include a capstone research project.

      - The course should address ethical principles for psychological research and professional practice.   

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applicants are required to submit a cover letter along with their application under the Transcripts section of the portal, affirming their intent to apply for RPL. For more information on RPL see here.  
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about DCU's English language requirements can be found here.
MSc in Psychology and Well-being


Full time

EU Status Fee
€8,700 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
€4,600 per annum
Non EU Fee Part time
€8,100 per annum

Next Steps

To apply for this programme:

  • All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available here.  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
  • A detailed Personal Statement outlining Psychology qualifications, why you wish to complete this programme and how it fits with your current or future plans.
  • Applicants are required to submit two recent academic references.  Please see application for details.
  • Please upload a CV, detailing relevant academic and professional experience, under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section. 
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link
  • Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme. For further information, please contact the Programme Chair using the contact details above

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

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

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 31st March 2024.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 31st March 2024.
  • All required documentation to support an application must be submitted by 31st March 2024.

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

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Application Queries

For EU applicant queries, please visit or email

For non EU applicant queries, please visit or email

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2024.