Course Title: Psychology - Applied Psychology
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Successful applicants to the MA in Applied Psychology are eligible to be considered for the Ann Moloney Bursary, sponsored by Enable Ireland (see Course details below)
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2013/2014 IRISH/EU FEE: €6,400 full-time
Entry Requirements: A 2.1 degree in psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) (or non-Irish equivalent). (See detailed entry requirements below)
Course Code: CKE13
Closing Date: 1 June 2013
Next Intake: September 2013
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 will enable you to pursue postgraduate professional training opportunities, and to pursue a variety of career paths where psychological expertise is need.
Late applications can be submitted after May 1st until June 1st
The MA in Applied Psychology is a one year full-time course structured in two parts:
60 credits consisting of core and elective modules
- Research Methods and Data Analysis
- Critical Issues in Applying Psychology
- Methods of Investigation
- Psychological Testing and Assessment
Students select elective modules from a range offered in a variety of areas. The following are typical of those offered:
Psychological Issues in Middle and Older Adults
Special Educational Needs
Working with Violence
Issues in Clinical Psychology
Research dissertation (30 credits)
When you have completed the course, you will have:
- an comprehensive understanding of the discipline of psychology and its value in applied contexts
- the ability to critically appraise psychological research and practice in a range of settings
- knowledge of the professional and ethical issues that may arise in the application of psychology in a variety of contexts
- the skills associated with planning and implementing an effective research course
Further details on the content and modules are available in the: Postgraduate College Calendar
THE ANN MOLONEY BURSARY
Successful applicants to the MA in Applied Psychology are eligible to be considered for the Ann Moloney Bursary, sponsored by Enable Ireland, which acknowledges the contribution made by Ann Moloney in linking UCC psychology graduates to the applied work setting. Ann worked for over 30 years as a lecturer in the Applied Psychology Department at UCC and also as Principal Psychologist at Enable Ireland Cork. Enable Ireland is a national organisation that provides a range of services including therapy, intervention and support services for children and adults with a physical disability. The Bursary, to the value of €1,000, will provide an opportunity for a psychology graduate to avail of a part-time work placement in the psychology department at Enable Ireland Cork, a placement-linked honorarium, and a parchment which is awarded at the UCC Scholarships and Prizes day.
The Bursary is awarded through an Interview Process in the School of Applied Psychology, which is completed as part of the Placement Process. Students who apply for an interview with Enable Ireland as their top choice of placement will be considered for the award.
A 2.1 degree in psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) (or non-Irish equivalent).
In exceptional cases, where for example an applicant has relevant work experience or has performed impressively in another masters degree, a 2.2 degree may be considered. In such cases, the student should set out the grounds upon which they wish to be considered in their application.
UCC requires all students on the MA in Applied Psychology to undergo garda vetting.
Second round applications after 30th March, can be submitted until May 1st 2013.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
In addition it involves:
COMPLETING/ANSWERING specific additional supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these online supplementary/additional questions are available to view here: CKE13AdditionalQuestions (93kB)
Arranging for TWO REFEREES' REPORTS to be posted by the applicant's Referees directly to the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. The REFEREES REPORT FORMS must be downloaded and printed during the online application process. Please write your PAC Application Number (which you will be issued at the end of your online application), name, address and telephone number in the space provided on the REFEREES REPORT FORMS and a copy should be sent to each of your Referees for completion. A copy of the REFEREE REPORT FORMS are available to view here:- CKE13ReferenceForms (91kB)
This is a one-year full-time course. Lectures take place on Monday- Wednesday inclusive. A placement, which is a non-compulsory element of the AP6111 module, is considered a unique learning experience that will give you workplace experience over a six-month period. Please note that placements are not guaranteed for every student.
There may be travel costs associated with module AP6111, a non-compulsory placement module.
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Students who have completed and passed modules to the value of at least 60 credits in Part I and who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.
A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into the MA in Applied Psychology. These include essays, research funding applications, portfolios, reports, class tests, research proposals, journal of learning, class presentations, research thesis, taped practice work with transcript and analysis.
The MA in Applied Psychology is delivered by staff from the School of Applied Psychology in the main. Contributions are also made from other professional / voluntary bodies where appropriate.