What is the course?
The MSc Psychology is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology, who have already studied at least 60 credits of psychology in their undergraduate degree, but who do not currently hold an undergraduate qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society. This intensive course is designed to provide a pre-professional qualification equivalent to a bachelor degree in psychology and, as such, offers a conversion route for graduates who hold an honours degree in Psychological Studies or equivalent. Emphasis is on psychological research methods and analytic techniques, professional ethics, and applied research experience.
Applicants will be required to have at least a II/1 degree in a level eight honours programme, including at least 60 credits of Psychology/Psychological Studies. Prior learning must include introductory level coverage of each of biological psychology, social psychology, personality and inter-individual differences, developmental psychology and cognitive psychology; and post-introductory level study of at least 4 of those areas. Places are limited to 20 per annum, and will be assigned on a competitive basis.
What are the Fees?
Fees are at the standard Maynooth University level for taught Masters programmes. For 2019/2020 these are €6,350 (inclusive of the student levy). The fees schedule for the university can be found here:
2019.20 Postgraduate Fees List (14.2.19).pdf
What Will I Study?
The course is a one full year, 3 semester course with 90 credits of material. Modules focus heavily on research methodology in Psychology, including conducting an independent research project. The structure of the course assumes significant prior learning in psychology, as well as graduate-level learning ability. The course will entail approximately 20 hours a week of in-class time, and as such represents a full-time commitment.
Below are listed the modules that you will study:
|Module Name||Module Code||Credits|
|LABORATORIES IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 1||PS648||5|
|CLASSIC STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY||PS649||5|
|INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS||PS650||5|
|STATISTICAL AND QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES FOR PSYCHOLOGY||PS652||10|
|PSYCHOLOGY RIGHTS AND WRONGS||PS653||5|
|ISSUES & DEBATES IN PSYCHOLOGY||PS654||5|
|ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS FOR PSYCHOLOGY||PS655||5|
|LABORATORIES IN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 2||PS656||5|
|QUALITATIVE RESEARCH APPROACHES FOR PSYCHOLOGY||PS657||5|
|CRITICAL SKILLS FOR CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY||PS658||5|
|RESEARCH SEMINARS IN PSYCHOLOGY||PS659||5|
|INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE||PS661||30|
How Do I Apply?
All applications must be made through http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity.
The PAC code for the course is MHW54.
On-line applications will be open until the 1st of June.
Do I need to supply references and academic transcripts?
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. Maynooth University students do not need to provide references or academic transcripts.
Will there be an interview?
Yes. We will shortlist on the basis of academic grades, and invite to interview on that basis. It is envisaged that interviews will be held at the end of June/start of July, following the issuance of final university examination results by Maynooth University. Attendance at interview will be mandatory for acceptance on the course.
Will there be any supplemental assessments?
Yes. As the course entails a significant amount on statistical and quantitative approaches as applied in psychology, a basic test of numerical reasoning will be used as part of the admissions process. This test will be completed on the day of your interview. Below is a sample test, containing the types of questions you may be asked.
Mathematical Reasoning Test - Sample Questions
1. Find 15% of 280.
(a) 280/15 ; (b) 42 ; (c) 4200 ; (d) 38.
2. Solve the equation 4a – 6 = 18. What is the value of a?
(a) a = – 4 ; (b) a = 4 ; (c) a = – 6 ; (d) a = 6.
3. Which is the smallest of the following numbers: 0.005, 0.01, 0.0008, 0.10.
(a) 0.005 ; (b) 0.01 ; (c) 0.0008 ; (d) 0.10.
4. If M = ⅘ ( R + 26), find the value of M when R = 39.
(a) 52 ; (b) 55 ; (c) 65 ; (d) 82.
5. The table below indicates the number of countries travelled to by a group of 26 students. What is the total number of countries travelled to by this group?
|Number of Countries||Number of Students|
(a) 21 ; (b) 60 ; (c) 75 ; (d) 73.
6. The number of words (out of 50) read aloud correctly by six children in a reading test were 28, 45, 47, 26, 44, 50.
What was the average number of words read correctly for this group of children? (Recall that the average (or mean) of a set of values is found by adding up all of the values and dividing by the total number of values in the set.)
(a) 240 ; (b) 45 ; (c) 47 ; (d) none of the above.