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.

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


External Funding

This page contains information on funding opportunities that are available outside of the University. The information below is intended as a guide only and applicants should contact the funding agencies directly for further information.

Local Authority (Higher Education) Grants

Postgraduate students, who received an Irish local authority grant for their undergraduate studies, may usually extend this to cover one full-time postgraduate course in Ireland, including Northern Ireland. This applies to both masters and doctorate degrees as well as taught postgraduate diplomas and taught masters programmes. The grant covers fees and in some cases a maintenance payment.

A mature candidate (23 years of age on 1 January of year of entry to postgraduate study) may be eligible for a local authority grant on the basis of parents' income if ordinarily resident with parents or on the basis of own income if resident away from home. Details of income limits for eligibility are available from Local Authorities (Higher Education Section).

Students should contact their relevant local authority for further information.

Graduate Skills Programmes

The Graduate Skills Conversion Programme (GSCP) is a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Science and the Higher Education Authority, in response to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills needs, The aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire qualifications for employment in the ICT area. A composite fee applies to all courses under the programme. The fee for 2009-10 is 2,000.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships and Fellowships 2011/2012

During the academic year 2010/2011, students and doctoral candidates from the EU are now eligible for Erasmus Mundus scholarships and fellowships.

European students or doctoral candidates interested in an Erasmus Mundus scholarship/fellowship should consult the list of Erasmus Mundus Masters and Doctorates on the Erasmus Mundus website . There are over 800 Masters and 70 PhD scholarships available in the A/Y 2011/12.

Candidates wishing to enrol in an Erasmus Mundus Joint Programme at masters or doctoral level in the academic year 2011/2012, will have to apply directly to the consortium or consortia of their choice during the period November 2010 - January 2011.

Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences funds graduate research in the humanities and social sciences, including law and business studies.
The Scholarships are valued at up to 16,000 per annum. While the scholarships are awarded initially for one year, they are renewable for up to two additional years subject to terms and conditions. Fees will also be covered for the period of the Scholarship. Applicants must be either citizens of Ireland or citizens of a member state of the European Union who have been ordinarily resident within Ireland for a continuous period of not less than three years.

Closing date for application: To be announced in January 2011

Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)

The Embark Initiative's Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme is designed for either Masters or Doctorate level researchers in the sciences, engineering or technology.

The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology invites applications for funding from intending postgraduate researchers under the Embark Initiative Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (2009).

The 2009 programme will fund new entrant Masters or Doctorate level researchers in the sciences, engineering and technology. A number of additional scholarships will be jointly funded by industry as part of IRCSET's Enterprise Partnership Scheme. The scheme is open to candidates worldwide with a small number of the scholarships available to exceptional candidates from non EU member states. Under the Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme, funding of 24,000 is provided for each of three years for Doctorate level research (total funding of 72,000) and one year (24,000) for Masters level research.

The Closing Date for all on-line applications is To be confirmed.

Opportunities aboard: Department of Education and Science

The Department of Education and Science provide information on opportunities abroad for postgrduate research/study and other offers.

General Information and Funding Opportunities

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This site provides information on course fees and details on eligibility requirements for free fees. In addition, you will find out all you need to know about other sources of assistance for students, such as the Fund for Students with Disabilities, the Back to Education Allowance, the Student Assistance Fund and the Millennium Partnership Fund. You can find answers to possible questions you may have by accessing our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. finally, there are details and links to a range of other organisations and websites that may be of interest and/or assistance.

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