Psychology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    12701
    Tuition (Year)
    5471
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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The Master of Art in Psychology (MA Psychology) is a full-time 1-year conversion course that integrates existing undergraduate modules and postgraduate modules. The course - accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) - has been designed for students with prior experiences in psychology and research methods comparable to 1 year of study (10 modules; 60 ECTS).

About

On successful completion of the programme, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Identify the fundamental psychological processes that underlie psychological phenomena in cognition, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, and biological psychology.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of research methods.
  • Critically evaluate current issues in psychological research and its applications in society.
  • Demonstrate how psychological issues can be investigated and critically evaluated.
  • Select and develop strategies to investigate and solve psychological issues on the level of individuals and groups.
  • Apply the fundamental psychological concepts and practices to psychological issues in research and in the social context.
  • Demonstrate expertise in applying psychological methods when assessing and solving psychological issues.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competencies and professional sensitivity including ethical behaviour.
  • Conceptualise, research and write critical assessments of psychological areas of investigation.
  • Understand and evaluate the significance of psychological research and the findings that it can provide.
  • Critically evaluate psychological applications to solutions in society considering contextual limitations and the feasibility of psychological interventions.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University of Limerick (UL) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Limerick (UL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of the Personality
  • Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
  • Empirical Psychology
  • Social Influence and Attitude Change
  • Elective (eg., Advanced Research Design; Psychology of employee relations; Applied sport psychology)
  • Human Development and the Life Span 1
  • Research Methods; Advanced Empirical Psychology
  • Cognition 1
  • Elective (e.g., Community psychology; Work psychology; Performance psychology)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Normally a 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) is required, with a minimum of 60 ECTS or equivalent experience in psychology and research methods. The amount of credits associated with psychology modules must be equivalent to more than 50% of the overall credits. In the case of international candidates, the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Board and the guidelines of UL Graduate School Admissions is required. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a standard English language competency test in line with UL requirements will be necessary. Where deemed necessary, candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.


WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION

  • 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)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12701 International
  • EUR 5471 EU/EEA

Funding

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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