UCC Postgraduate courses

Psychology - Applied Psychology (Mental Health)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Psychology - Applied Psychology (Mental Health)

  • Code

    CKD39 Full-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees 2019

    €7000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €16,000

  • Entry Requirements

    Hold an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland; a 2H1 degree is required. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    22 March 2019

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    22 March 2019

  • Start Date

    9 September 2019

Course Outline

The MA in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) gives you an advanced understanding of the discipline of psychology in mental health settings. The course is designed to help you to appreciate both the potential and values of applied psychology, to think critically about psychological theory and practice, and to give you the opportunity to explore your own particular interests. It offers you an opportunity to develop a clear understanding of the practice of a professional psychologist, to advance understanding of mental health services, and to connect theory to practice under the supervision of either a clinical or counselling psychologist.

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 in mental health is needed.

The MA Applied Psychology (Mental Health) is a one-year full-time programme.  It is structured in two parts

Part I (Taught modules)

  • Psychological therapies
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Psychological Assessment 
  • Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Skills
  • Clinical Presentations (Child, Adolescent, Adult and ID) 
  • Critical Perspectives on Mental Health Law
  • Mental Health and Disability Placement*

*Placements: While sufficient placements will be secured for all students on the programme, if a student chooses not to accept the placement offered by the School of Applied Psychology, it will then become their responsibility to secure an alternative placement for themselves which meets with the School of Applied Psychology placement criteria for MA in Applied Psychology (Mental Health).Placements may be located throughout the Republic of Ireland. 

All placements will be supervised in a work setting relevant to the programme of study. Placements will run two days a week (usually Thursdays and Fridays) for at least six months (340 hours minimum).

Part II 

  • Dissertation in Applied Psychology.  

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) (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 fail or do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to exit the programme and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology (Mental Health).

Transfer to MA (Applied Psychology)
Students who pass the taught modules Part 1 but fail the Placement (and repeat placement if taken) or are deemed unsuitable to undertake a placement may be permitted to transfer to the MA (Applied Psychology) to complete the remaining 20 credits of taught modules and 30 credit dissertation on the MA (Applied Psychology) or complete 20 credits of taught modules and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

This is a one-year full-time course. Lectures take place on Mondays to Wednesdays with placements being held usually on Thursdays and Fridays. However, students may agree other times with their placement providers to avail of good learning opportunities. Placement is central to the programme, providing a unique learning experience that will give you supervised workplace experience over a six-month period (approx. 340 hours in total).

While all students will be offered a placement, specific placements will be secured through a competitive placement interview process in semester 1. Placements can be located throughout Ireland. If a student chooses not to accept the placement offered by the School of Applied Psychology, it will then become their responsibility to secure an alternative placement for themselves which meets with the School of Applied Psychology placement criteria for MAAP (Mental Health).

Students failing the Placement may, with the approval of the programme team, be permitted to either extend or repeat the Placement. Students may repeat the placement only once in a repeat year. Students failing or not completing the placement because of a serious ethical breach will not be permitted to repeat the placement.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into the MA in Applied Psychology (Mental Health). These include essays, portfolios, reports, class tests, research proposals, journal of learning, class presentations, research thesis, taped practice work with transcript and analysis

Who teaches this course

The MA in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) is delivered by staff from the School of Applied Psychology in the main. Contributions are also made by other professional/voluntary bodies where appropriate (e.g. clinical psychologists in HSE).

Why Choose This Course

The MAAP (Mental Health) programme offers successful applicants a strong grounding in the theory and practice of applied psychology in the field of mental health. A key feature of this programme is a six-month placement (2 days a week (Thursdays and Fridays) for 6 months (approx. 340 hours in a mental health setting supervised by a clinical or counselling psychologist. Through the combination of research, theory and practice, this programme offers a solid foundation for professional education programmes based on psychotherapeutic practices.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Students on the MAAP (Mental Health) will have the opportunity to gain work experience in a mental health service under the supervision of a clinical or counselling psychologist. Upon successful completion of this placement (AP6153), which lasts for six months (2 days a week usually Thursdays and Fridays for 6 months approx. 340 hours), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their ability to take part in the mental health work of the placement provider;
  • Demonstrate evidence of learning activities and experiences by keeping a journal of learning and completing a reflective portfolio;
  • Apply theory from programme course work to complete work placement tasks/activities;
  • Utilise the principles of applied psychological practice in  mental health placement settings;
  • Reflect on learning and demonstrate personal development throughout the process;
  • Demonstrate an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues;

Skills and Careers Information

This programme will support students in securing places on professional education programmes (level 10) in psychology. Securing a place on professional education programmes in clinical and counselling psychology is particularly competitive. Completing the MAAP (Mental Health), which includes modules and placements (endorsed by clinical and counselling psychologists practicing in the HSE and related agencies) similar to professional education courses in clinical and counselling psychology, will further enhance attractiveness of graduates from this programme for level 10 programmes.

Requirements

A candidate for this MA programme must:

  1. Hold an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland (or the national psychology body in the country where the applicant completed their degree); a 2H1 degree is required.  Only in special circumstances will consideration be given to 2H2 candidates where, for example, an applicant has 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

  2. All applicants must arrange for one Referee's Report form to be posted directly to the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork.   The reference must be a professional reference from someone who has experience of the applicant in a professional capacity, whether paid or voluntary work. 

  3. Supply a personal statement conveying:
    i) An understanding of what applied psychology in mental health entails;
    ii) Reasons for applying to the programme;
    iii) A proposed topic for research dissertation

  4. Satisfy the interview board.  
    Applicants will be shortlisted for interview for this programme based on their academic performance, referee report, evidence of research capacity and commitment to the area of applied psychology.   Applicants cannot be short-listed for interview if a completed referee report form has not been submitted to the School.

  5. UCC requires all students on the MA in Applied Psychology (Applied Mental Health Psychology)  to undergo Garda vetting.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €16,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer 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: CKD39AdditionalQuestions 

Arrange for one Referee's Report form to be posted directly to the Course Coordinator, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. The Referee's Report form is downloaded and printed during the online applications process.  Referee's reports must be submitted prior to short-listing for interview.  Please click here to see a copy of the special Referee's Report Form: CKD39RefereeReportform (Word format) CKD39ReferenceForm(pdf)

If you have completed your undergraduate psychology degree (or conversion programme) outside of Ireland you will also need to provide evidence that the programme you completed is recognised by the PSI/BPS/APA or the national Psychological Society of the country in which you completed the programme. If you do not evidence this information in your application, your application will be deemed incomplete.

If you are in the process of completing your undergraduate programme in psychology or a conversion course, please note that all formal documentation evidencing your final degree result would need to be submitted prior to the commencement of the programme. Please be aware that such documentation for many MA programmes will not be available until mid-late September which is after the commencement of the MAAP(MH) therefore you may not be eligible to take up a place on this programme until the year post completion of your MA conversion course. 

Deferrals

Deferrals are not permitted on this programme

The closing date for non-EU applications is 22 March 2019

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