Postgraduate
MA Psychology – Applied Psychology

University College Cork

Course Overview


The MA in Applied Psychology gives you an advanced understanding of the discipline of psychology in applied settings.

The course is designed to help you appreciate the potential and values of applied psychology, think critically about psychological theory and practice and give you the opportunity to explore your own particular interests. Applied psychologists use research and theory to analyse real-world situations, develop appropriate interventions, and evaluate outcomes. The course has strong links with community-based partners working with children, families and communities. The course will enable you to pursue postgraduate professional training opportunities and to pursue a variety of career paths where psychological expertise is needed.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Students on the MA in Applied Psychology have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience through the six-month placement module (AP6153).


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The MA in Applied Psychology will appeal to psychology graduates who want to pursue a professional career or take further professional postgraduate training in psychology.
  • Graduates from the MA have found their placement and research experiences to be particularly beneficial in supporting their successful application to specific professional education courses in psychology.
  • The particular strength of this course lies in its applied ethos.
  • Students on the MA in Applied Psychology have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience through the six-month placement module

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

A candidate for this MA programme must:

  1. Hold an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology.
  2. Satisfy the eligibility requirements for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland or the British Psychological Society of Ireland or the British Psychological Society. This can be demonstrated by:
    – Evidence that your undergraduate degree is accredited by the PSI or BPS (see www.bps.org.uk) or
    – Evidence from the BPS that they consider your undergraduate degree to be equivalent to a PSI/BPS accredited degree, in terms of granting you eligibility for graduate membership of the society.
  3. The name and contact details of a Referee will be required and may be contacted. Written references will be required for placement interviews.
  4. Supply a personal statement conveying:
    – An understanding of what applied psychology entails;
    – Reasons for applying to the programme and how this programme fits with the applicant’s experience and career objectives;
    – A proposed topic for research dissertation that demonstrates your ability to identify a research problem and design a study to address it.
  5. A second-class honours grade one degree is required. Consideration will be given to second-class honours grade two candidates, where for example an applicant has significant and directly relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another Master’s degree acceptable to the School selection committee. In such cases, the applicant should set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in the supplementary statement.

English Requirements

  • DET Minimum Requirements (Duolingo)
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: DET 110-115 + Skills Check, DET 120 or more eligible for full offer.
  • IELTS Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
  • TOEFL Minimum Requirements
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: TOEFL 90 Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
  • Pearson PTE
    College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes: Minimum Score of 63 with no section score below 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


On completion of this course you have:

  • The ability to critically appraise psychological research and practice in a range of settings
  • Advanced knowledge of the professional and ethical issues that may arise in the application of psychology
  • An adequate level of competence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues
  • Skills in planning and implementing an effective research course
    Further competencies developed through this course include interview, assessment, communication and presentation skills.

Notes


Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC’s Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Note
A minimum intake of 10 students will be required to run this programme.