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Psychology - Applied Psychology MA

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Course Code: CKE13 Full-time

Course Title: Psychology - Applied Psychology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Psychology - Applied Psychology

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,000 full-time; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €16,000.

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)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/18

Closing Date (Non-EU): Now closed for applications for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018

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.

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)

Course Details

Programme Overview 2015-2016

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I
Core Modules
Students take 35 credits as follows:
AP6016 Research Methods and Data Analysis (10 credits)
AP6023 Psychological Assessment (5 credits)
AP6112 Critical Issues in Applying Psychology (5 credits)
AP6172 Methods of Investigation (5 credits)
AP6173 Service Design and Evaluation (10 credits)

Elective Modules
Students take 25 credits from the following:
AP3015 Forensic Psychology (5 credits)
AP3019 Human Sexuality (5 credits)
AP3030 Special Educational Needs: Aetiology, Assessment and Intervention (5 credits)
AP3037 Work Psychology (5 credits)
AP3110 Psychological Therapies (5 credits)
AP6116 Positive Psychology and Coaching (5 credits)
AP6128 Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Skills (5 credits)
AP6129 Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP6142 Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) (5 credits)
AP6144 Applied Clinical Issues (Adult Mental Health) (5 credits)
AP6153 Placement (15 credits)
AP6154 Conflict and Co-operation (5 credits)
AP6155 Applied Clinical Issues (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) (5 credits)
AP6156 Psychology and Intellectual Disabilities (5 credits)
AP6175 Cultural Competence in Psychological Practice (5 credits)

(Electives are those available in 2015-6 and may be subject to minor changes. AP6153 Placement is offered each year and will be offered in 2016-2017 ).

Part II
AP6137 Dissertation in Applied Psychology (30 credits)

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.

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.

Detailed Entry Requirements

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.

COMPLETING statement questions as part of the online applications process for this programme.  A copy of these online statement questions are available to view here: CKE13AdditionalQuestions (92kB)

Eligible candidates may be interviewed. Selection from amongst eligible candidates will be made according to the following criteria:
i) Academic performance;
ii) Research capacity;
iii) Commitment to the area of applied psychology.

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

UCC requires all students on the MA in Applied Psychology to undergo garda vetting.

For all applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent is required. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

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. 

Application Procedure

Applications must be made online at www.pac.ie/ucc (Course code CKE13). Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the online application procedure click How to Apply.

All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application at www.pac.ie/ucc (My Account section), 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 (92kB) (92kB)

The name and contact details (address, email and phone number) of a Referee will be required and may be contacted during selection (Written references will be required for placement interviews later).

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

Please note that if your application is successful, deferrals are not permitted on this programme

Course Practicalities

This is a one-year full-time course.  Lectures take place on Monday- Wednesday inclusive. A placement, which is a non-compulsory module (AP6153), 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 AP6153, 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.

Assessment

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.

Who Teaches This Course

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.

Further Contact Information

Programme Director
Dr. Sharon Lambert
Email:  sharon.lambert@ucc.ie
Tel. 00 353 21 4904594

Programme Director
Dr. Angela Veale,
Email: a.veale@ucc.ie
Tel. 00 353 21 4904509

 

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