M.Sc. Psychological Science with Clinical Psychology stream

University of Limerick

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,900 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,270 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc in Psychological Science programme is a 1-year full-time programme based in the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick, which has a strong focus on research and its applications to social issues. The master programme reflects the core orientation of the department with emphases on research methods, applied & social psychology, and clinical psychology. The MSc programme is an excellent route for those interested in careers in the voluntary/state sector and an excellent basis for entry to doctoral level degree programmes in psychology (e.g., Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). 90 ECTS are required, 30 credits of taught modules in the first semester, 30 credits of taught modules in the second semester, and 30 credits of the major research project. The course has 3 Streams (options): Research Methods, Applied & Social Psychology, and Clinical Psychology. Applications after July 2nd will be considered if there are places available.


On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that students will be able to:

* Describe advanced research methods and a variety of psychological theories and paradigms, and identify the applicability of psychological methods and theories to personal and social issues.
* Demonstrate reflective and critical thinking regarding psychological research and its applications and recognise the significance of psychological theories and psychological research methods for personal and social issues in everyday life.
* Develop and apply learning practices for independent studies, such as to identify where and how to locate and access information relevant to the study and research, to interrogate new information, to break tasks into manageable parts, to focus on task-related goals and to provide and receive feedback on learning experiences and progress.
* Display communication and presentation skills, that is, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and interviewing skills.
* Demonstrate interpersonal competencies and professional sensitivity in accordance with the role of psychologists in society, and develop mature and ethical attitudes that help to understand and address social and psychological issues.
* Apply psychological theories and methods to personal and social issues by considering the utility and feasibility of such applications.


The 1-year MSc in Psychological Science programme requires full time attendance on campus. Overall, 90 credits (ECTS) are required for the degree, 30 credits of taught modules in the first semester, 30 credits of taught modules in the second semester, and 30 credits of the major research project. The course has 3 Streams: Research Methods, Applied & Social Psychology, and Clinical Psychology.
Autumn (Semester 1):
Advanced Research Designs in Psychology (6 ECTS)
Advanced Analysis in Psychology 1 (6 ECTS)
Professional Skills in Psychology 1 (6 ECTS)
Clinical Models of Psychological Disorders (6 ECTS)
Social Influence & Attitude Change (6 ECTS)
Problem Solving & Decision Making (6 ECTS)
Psychology of Employee Relations (6 ECTS)
Organisational Theory (6 ECTS)
Human Reliability (6 ECTS)
Human Performance (6 ECTS)
Anatomy and Physiology Foundations (6 ECTS)
Work Analysis Techniques (6 ECTS)
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology (6 ECTS)
Analysis of Motor Skill Performance and Learning (6 ECTS)
Spring (Semester 2)
Advanced Analysis in Psychology 2 (6 ECTS)
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology (6ECTS)
Professional Skills in Psychology 2 (6 ECTS)
Clinical Diagnostic and Methods of Intervention (6 ECTS)
Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research (6 ECTS)
Community Psychology (6 ECTS)
Work Design and Employee Well Being (6 ECTS)
Human Resource Development (6 ECTS)
Work Psychology (6 ECTS)
Occupational Ergonomics (6 ECTS)
Applied Sport Psychology (6 ECTS)
Psychology of Movement Development from Infancy to Adolescence (6 ECTS)
Major Research Project (30 ECTS)


Normally a 2.2 honours degree is required (NQAI Equivalent). In addition, equivalent qualifications in cognate fields (e.g., sociology, economics) with substantial research methods experience are considered. In the case of international candidates, the overseas equivalent is required. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in TOEFL or IELTS Standard English Language Competency Test is required. Note that qualification interviews may be held with applicant.


As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival. Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213(computer based) 80 (internet based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.


* Qualification transcripts and certificates
* English language qualification if English is not your first language
* Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English 1 (one) academic reference.
* A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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