Master of Science (MSc.) in Health Psychology

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Psychology

Course Overview

The Master of Science in Health Psychology (NFQ Level 9, 90 ECTS) is a one year full-time or two years part-time programme that provides learners with the theoretical background and practical skills to apply their psychological knowledge efficiently and productively to effect positive change in the world in the pursuit of  health promotion and illness prevention. The programme covers a wide range of specialist topics that provides learners with the knowledge of theories and concepts relating to the contribution of psychological processes to health and illness and helps them understand how this knowledge can be applied in a variety of contemporary settings at individual, community and global levels.

Learners will explore human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives and through a detailed understanding of the discipline, both theoretically and methodologically, and will be enabled to assess appropriate interventions and design appropriate solutions for health needs. Modules focus on the applied nature of professional and ethical issues and advanced research methods while others have a specific focus upon the application of theory to the ‘real world’ allowing learners to further develop and apply competencies and knowledge in Health Psychology. Finally, the programme offers a choice of elective capstone (30 ECTS) pathways that provide an opportunity for research placement and minor dissertation, or the production of a major dissertation. Learners who complete the full programme will therefore also develop and enhance their research capability through critical enquiry and detailed analytical problem-solving.

 

The programme's specific objectives are to:

  • Enable learners to explore the various theories, concepts and processes of Health Psychology. 

  • Facilitate critical evaluation of competing Psychological theories through critical analysis and appraisal of Psychological studies and projects in health and illness. 

  • Enable learners to understand how these theories can be applied to understanding human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives.

  • Relate Psychological concepts, theories and processes to a variety of professional individual and group settings and situations. 

  • Develop in learners an understanding of contemporary local and global issues using a Health Psychological perspective. 

  • Enable learners to assess appropriate interventions and design appropriate solutions for clients’ needs using a Health Psychological perspective.

  • Develop in learners an understanding of the systematic, replicable and discoverable nature of Health Psychology.

  • Enable learners to explore advanced research methods and demonstrate a detailed understanding of the theoretical and methodological considerations, evidencing these skills in a research placement or major research project.

  • Provide graduates with the underpinning academic knowledge to enhance their employment and educational opportunities and achieve the award of a Master of Science in Health Psychology.

the programme contains an embedded exit award, the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Psychology (60 ECTS, NFQ Level 9) which is available for those who cannot complete the research component of this programme for personal or professional reasons.

Delivery

This is a hybrid programme, which is delivered through face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods.

Teaching and Assessment

DBS is committed to providing a flexible, active, peer-led, experiential and reflective learning environment for learners. As a result, throughout this programme, learners will experience a varied range of teaching and learning strategies, which have been selectively chosen and based on module content and suitability for assessment. While modules will be delivered through a mix of workshops, practical sessions, tutorials and lectures, teaching and learning will focus on the learner applying problem-solving skills and undertaking critical reflection and critique of case studies. The material will be presented during lectures and workshops with supporting material available via Moodle, DBS’s virtual learning environment. Learning, teaching and assessment for this programme, therefore, encourages learners to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving and analytical and evaluative skills relating to real-world scenarios. 


Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a minimum of an upper Second Class Honours degree (or above) in Psychology at NFQ Level 8 award from a recognised University course, which confers eligibility for PSI membership or equivalent professional body in the case of overseas applicants. In exceptional cases, the college may accept a lower Second Class Honours degree in Psychology at NFQ Level 8 award from a recognised University course, on the basis of an interview. For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement is B2+ + or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Course Content

 

Module No.

Module Name

ECTS

Semester

Year 1

1

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis

5

FT 1

PT 3

2

Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

5

FT 1

PT 3

3

Addiction and Rehabilitation

5

FT 1

PT 1

4

Public and Community Health

5

FT 2

PT 3

5

Global Health

5

FT 2

PT 3

6

Occupational Health Psychology

5

FT 2

PT 2

7

Personal Development and Stress Management

10

FT 1, 2

PT 1, 2

8

Survivorship

10

FT 1,2

PT 1, 2

9

Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology

10

FT 1, 2

PT 1, 2

10

Research Placement Capstone

30

FT 1, 2, 3

11

Major Dissertation Capstone

30

FT 1, 2, 3

 

Full-time

 

For the full-time delivery, in Semester 1 learners will begin three, 10 ECTS linear modules, Personal Development and Stress Management, Survivorship and Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology in addition to three, 5 ECTS modules in Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis and Addiction and Rehabilitation. All of these modules are assessed by a range of continuous assessments across the 24- or 12-week period.

In Semester 2 learners will continue with the linear modules while taking an additional three, 5 ECTS modules in Public and Community Health, Global Health and Occupational Health Psychology. The continuous assessment for the linear modules is completed in Semester 2. The 5 ECTS modules are assessed by continuous assessment across the 12-week semester with Public and Community Health and Global Health also assessed by a terminal exam during the scheduled examination period. 

In Semester 1, the programme offers a choice of elective capstone pathways (Capstone 1 or Capstone 2, each 30 ECTS) that provide an opportunity for the learner to integrate accumulated learning and make the necessary connections in the context of the discipline. This is achieved through the process of research placement and the production of a research placement project/minor dissertation, or through independent research and the production of a major research dissertation. The assessment for each of these modules continues over 3 semesters with learners submitting their proposal at the end of Semester 1, completing the First Meeting assessment and commencing research placement or independent research engagement in Semester 2, with submission of the final artefact in July of Semester 3.

For the part-time delivery, in Semester 1 learners begin Personal Development and Stress Management, Survivorship and Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology in addition to Addiction and Rehabilitation. All of these modules are assessed by the same range of continuous assessment across the 24- or 12-week period as in the full-time delivery.

In Semester 2 part-time learners continue with the linear modules while also taking Occupational Health Psychology. The continuous assessment for the linear modules is completed in Semester 2 as on the full-time delivery. In addition, part-time learners commence the Capstone 1 or 2 pathway in Semester 2, completing their proposal by the end of the semester.

The part-time programme continues into the second year of delivery in which learners in Semester 3 take four, 5 ECTS modules: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis, Public and Community Health and Global Health. As on the full-time programme, these modules are all assessed by continuous assessment across the 12-week semester, with Public and Community Health and Global Health also assessed by a terminal exam during the scheduled examination period. The Capstone 1 or 2 pathway continues in Semester 3 with part-time learners completing the First Meeting assessment and commencing research placement or independent research engagement.

Semester 4 of the part-time programme has no taught modular component and allows the learner to fully engage solely in the Capstone 1 or 2 pathway, culminating in the submission of assessment requirements by the end of the semester.


Assessment methods

Assessment is approached creatively with a range of assessment strategies including essay writing, in-class presentation, graded group dissertation and examination. Instructions and guidelines for all assessments are clearly communicated to students.

Career Opportunities

Potential career options for learners pursuing the proposed Master of Science in Health Psychology include both cognate and non-cognate opportunities e.g. as Health Psychologists, wellness experts, trainers, public health advocates, social policy advocates, in research and evaluation posts, teaching/lecturing, administrative positions, health care settings and in general health promotion.  It will also appeal to those keen to pursue further postgraduate studies in the field of Psychology.

 

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €8,900 full-time, and €5,500 per annum part-time. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and

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You can contact your Admissions Team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

 

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Open evenings are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Science in (MSc) in Health Psychology. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

As this is an extremely specialised area of study advanced entry to any stage of the programme is not permitted.


EU Applicants
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation.

• Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport)

• Detailed Curriculum Vitae

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.


In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:
• A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport

• The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation


International Students/ Non EU Applicants
• Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

• Academic documents

• Academic transcripts

• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)

• A Curriculum Vitae

• A copy of your passport


Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2023

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: 
Master of Science in Health Psychology
Award Type:
 Major
Duration:
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 Years
Next Intake:  September 2023

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