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M.Sc. in Applied Psychology

The course is designed to provide students with a thorough appreciation of issues in applied psychology, knowledge of the skills required to apply psychology effectively, and a detailed understanding of their chosen focus of application.


  • Course Director:
    • Dr. Tim Trimble
  • Course Office Contact Details:
  • International Student Course Queries:
    • Solange Daini (Global Officer, School of Psychology)
    • Telephone: +353-1-896-1015
    • Email:
  • Course Duration: 1 year, full-time
  • Closing date for Applications:
    • 31st March annually *places may be filled before this date.
    • *The online applications’ site is open from November annually.
  • ECTS Credits:
    • 90 ECTS
  • Course Overviews

    The Master’s course in Applied Psychology is designed to provide students with a general awareness of the problems of applying psychology, a knowledge of skills required to apply it effectively and a detailed understanding of their chosen focus of application. The themes of analysis, intervention and evaluation are central to the structure and philosophy of the course. The core modules provide training in research methods and professional issues. Optional modules enable the further development of these competencies and knowledge while enabling students to consider their application in specified content areas through the study of applied modules and an extended piece of empirical research.

    The course provides a preparatory training for those intending to apply for other more specialised postgraduate professional courses in psychology and for those intending to pursue a career in which psychological expertise of a high level is necessary or beneficial.

    See more details on the main courses website.

    Course Content and Structure

    The course lasts for one year and is full-time. However, the course timetable may allow students, with the support of an employer, to organise their work schedule around their course attendance commitments.

    The following two core modules are compulsory and will be offered every year: Philosophical and Professional Issues in Applied Psychology, and Research Methodology and Statistics.

    A range of optional applied modules will be offered each year and students must take a total of four of these modules. Modules will be offered in a range of areas representing health, organisational and clinical psychology and will vary from year to year. The following is the current list of approved optional modules:

    • Theory of Psychotherapy
    • Applied Forensics Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Counselling Skills
    • Psychology Applied to Lifespan Behavioural and Emotional Problems
    • Issues in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
    • Issues in Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disability

    (*optional modules will be offered subject to staff and timetabling availability)

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

    Student Handbook

    Please see the student handbook for more information on the course. Student handbooks are subject to review each year in line with college policy.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants to the course will be required to hold a minimum of an upper second class honours degree in psychology or its equivalent from a recognised university course, which confers eligibility for membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland or equivalent professional body in the case of overseas applicants.

    If English is not your first language or you have not been educated through English, you are required to submit one of the following qualifications below or notice of your test date with your application before you can be considered:

    • IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall (**each band of the IELTS must have a minimum score of 6.5)

    • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

    • University of Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)

    *Please note meeting the minimum requirements is necessary for application to the course and not an indicator of admission success and test scores are only valid for two years.*

    For further information please consult

    How to Apply

    The closing date for applications for entry in September will normally be 31st March each year. Applicants must apply online here.
    Please note applicants will be permitted 5 working days after the deadline of 31st March 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. Please note that all documents must be supplied and conditions of offer met by July 31st or any offer made will expire.

    Course Fees

    A list of current course fees is available in the Course Fees section of the Academic Registry website.

    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

    For information about professional accreditation requirements, please see the Psychological Society of Ireland website.

    For general information about postgraduate studies in the College, please see the College Graduate Studies Office pages.

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