Psychology - Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) MA

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Course Code: CKE15 Part-time

Course Title: Psychology - Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling)

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Psychology - Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling)

Duration: 18 months Part-time

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

This programme will be taught during weekday working hours and evening hours over 18 months.

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,000 (Year 1 60 Credits); 2017/2018 IRISH/EU FEE: €3,500 (Year 2 30 credits); 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €13,00 Year 1, €6,500 Year 2.

Entry Requirements: To apply for this course you should have a 2.2 honours degree. (See detailed entry requirements for more information)

Closing Date: Not on offer for 2018/2019

Next Intake: Not on offer for 2018/2019


The aim of this MA course is to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to become a qualified guidance counsellor. Guidance promotes personal, social, educational and vocational development in individuals. The course will appeal to:

Psychology graduates


Social workers

Probation officers

Juvenile liaison officers

Occupational therapists



Those who work in adult education pastoral care, residential care, youth and community work, sport, nursing, adult placement, development work, coaching, employee welfare, human resources.

Those whose work has a guidance component.


Course Details

The role of the guidance counsellor is to help people to make the right career decision. Their strengths, talents and virtues are assessed using career information and objective psychometric data. Counselling skills are also important to foster awareness and self-knowledge in the person. The ideal professional alliance is goal-oriented, future-focused, and dynamic.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Year I

AP6205 Psychological Principles of Human Development (5 credits)
AP6206 Psychological Perspectives on Counselling Theories (5 credits)
Theories of Career Development (5 credits)
AP6220 Career Skills (5 credits)
AP6221 Career Information Management Skills (5 credits)
AP6222 Counselling Skills for Guidance Counsellors (5 credits)
AP6223 Psychological Intervention Skills for Guidance Counsellors (5 credits)
AP6224 Group Work Theory and Skills 1 (5 credits)
AP6225 Group Work Theory and Skills 2 (5 credits)
AP6215 Professional Issues in Guidance Counselling (5 credits)
AP6226 Theory of Psychological Testing (5 credits)
AP6227 Practice of Psychological Testing (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.
Year II

AP6228 Guidance Counselling Field Practice (10 Credits)
ED6212 Project Portfolio (10 credits)
ED6213 Educational Disadvantage and Multiculturalism: Learning and Identity (5 credits)
ED6214 Inclusion of Learners with Special Educational Needs: Identity and Disability(5 credits)

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar



Detailed Entry Requirements

  • to apply for this course you should have a 2.2 class honours degree. Graduates who do not meet this requirement and have a minimum of five years relevant experience in teaching, industry or community work will also be considered.
  • you will be asked to supply a personal statement outlining your professional experiences and personal qualities relevant to undertaking training in guidance counselling and your reasons for applying to the course.
  • All applicants offered a place will have been selected through short-listing and face to face interview with the School of Applied Psychology.

N.B. Please note, the MA in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) offers educational and training opportunities which will require you to come in contact with the public and assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes of study/training. Consequently, all students on the MA in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) undergo GARDA/POLICE VETTING. University College Cork has made arrangements with the Gardaí with regard to Garda Clearance procedures.

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

Please note that the application procedure for the MA in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) involves:

1) Submitting an ONLINE application at (Course Code CKE15). Please click How to Apply.

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.

2) Completing online additional supplementary questions and personal statement. Please click on this link to view the additional supplementary questions: CKE15AdditionalQuestions (445kB) (445kB)

3) Arranging for ONE Character 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 interview.  Please click here to see a copy of the special REFEREE'S REPORT FORM: ‌‎‌‎CKE15RefereesReportForm (197kB) (197kB)

4) Non-UCC applicants must submit evidence of any post-secondary qualification(s) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable) either by UPLOAD via the PAC "Application Status" link or by post to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your online Postgraduate Application Number)

5) All applicants offered a place will have been selected through short-listing and face to face interview with the School of Applied Psychology.

6) Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €500 on acceptance of their place.

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

  • The Rounds closing dates for 2017 intake will be as follows:

    For all completed applications received by January 15th 2017:     Short-listing for interviews will be confirmed by January 29th 2017
    For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017:           Short-listing for interview will be confirmed by March 15th 2017
    For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017:              Short-listing for interview will be confirmed by May 15th 2017
    For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017:              Short-listing for interview will be confirmed by July 17th 2017

  • Applicants will be short-listed for interview after each round closing date and interviews will be arranged after each round closing date.  

Course Practicalities

Year 1 consists of 12 hours of lectures per week. Currently, four of these happen on Tuesdays and eight on Wednesdays. In year 2, there is a placement in a work setting one morning per week and currently up to seven hours of lectures on Wednesdays. Please note this timetable may be subject to change.


Assessment consists of a combination of:

  • essays
  • project reports
  • end of year examinations
  • placement supervision reports

Who Teaches This Course

The course it taught by staff from the School of Applied Psychology and the School of Education, as well as external teachers who include an educational psychologist, a counselling psychologist and guidance counsellors.

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