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Masters in Psychology (Conversion Course)

The M.Sc. Psychology (Conversion Course) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology but who do not hold an honours degree in psychology and are not eligible for Graduate Basis for Membership from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).


  • Course Director:
    • Prof. Jean Quigley
  • Course Office Contact Details:
  • Course Duration
    • 1 year, full-time
  • Closing date for Applications:
    • 31st May annually
  • ECTS Credits:
    • 90 credits per year

Course Overview

The M.Sc. Psychology (Conversion Course) is a fully accredited postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology (e.g., in counselling psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology or other related areas) but who do not hold an honours degree in psychology and are not eligible for Graduate Basis for Membership from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The course structure and curriculum have been designed to provide an education in psychological theory and research methods of sufficient breadth and depth for the course to be taken as a first qualification giving eligibility for the Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or equivalent. The course will allow graduates to proceed to further postgraduate training, including higher doctoral degrees by research, and to specialise in an area of professional psychology.

See more details on the main courses website.

Course Content and Structure

Students will cover the 6 mandatory areas of psychology required for Psychological Society of Ireland accreditation:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Advanced Research Methods

At least two modules in each of the six areas will be available every year. All conversion students must gain credit in each of these areas by passing a module in that area.
Five core modules are compulsory and will be offered every year:

  • Statistics & Methodology I & II
  • Advanced Psychology
  • Conducting Research in Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychometrics

Optional modules will be offered every year (subject to staff availability, timetabling constraints and demand). The following is an example of the range of modules* that will be offered:

  • Applied Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Child Development in Changing Family Contexts
  • Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology
  • Culture & Health
  • Embodiment
  • Issues in Adult Clinical Psychology
  • Issues in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
  • Issues in Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disability
  • Social Neuroscience
  • The Brain through the Lifetime

In addition, all students will be required to submit a dissertation based on an empirical investigation of a topic in psychology.

*optional modules will change each year.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Masters in Psychology will be required to hold at least an upper second class honours Bachelor degree or its equivalent (GPA 3.3) from a recognised university course. Applicants will have completed a minor Psychology honours degree that did not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Membership from the Psychological Society of Ireland. Alternatively, they will have at least 60 psychology ECTS credits or cognate ECTS credits (for example, psychology credits earned from modules taken as part of a sociology or economics degree). Credits counted must be attached to psychology modules taken, i.e. modules clearly aligned with one of the subdisciplines of psychology and covering relevant content as would be typical or standard for such a psychology module, albeit taken as part of a degree in another discipline. Applicants to the course will be required, at the application stage, to provide official transcripts, detailed outlines and descriptors, and information about the contact hours, ECTS credit volume, content and assessment for each module submitted as contributing to the 60 ECTS credits. Only credits earned for modules that would be classified as appropriate on a psychology course will be counted. This information will form the basis for their admission to this course.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications for entry in September will normally be the 31st May in the year in which admission is sought. Applicants must apply online here.

Please note, applicants will be permitted 5 working days after the application deadline to upload all prescribed supporting documentation to the online application system via the TCD website. Applications that are incomplete or missing any supporting documents after 5 working days will not be rejected but it should be noted that precedence when allocating places on the course will be afforded to those applicants who submitted in entirety on time.

Course Fees (2016/2017)

  • Full-time EU students: €7,470
  • Full-time Non-EU students: €15,950

IMPORTANT: Fees may increase annually.

Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU/Non-EU student and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status.

Useful Links

The Graduate Studies Office is responsible for all aspects of the application process. Any queries with regard to the status of applications should be directed there. Further information may be found at:

For further information regarding accreditation and a career in psychology please visit the Psychological Society of Ireland website at: