Master of Science (MSc.) in Health Psychology*

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Psychology

Course Overview

The Master of Science in Health Psychology (NFQ Level 9, 90 ECTS) is a one year full-time (3 semester) or two years (4 semester) 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.


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).

*Subject to validation.

Course Content

The Master of Science (MSc.) in Health Psychology has the following content:

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis

  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

  • Addiction and Rehabilitation

  • Public and Community Health

  • Global Health

  • Occupational Health Psychology

  • Personal Development and Stress Management

  • Survivorship

  • Professional Issues and Ethics in Applied Psychology

  • Capstone 1 Research Placement (E)

  • Capstone 2 Major Dissertation (E)

Full-time

As per College principles of full-time delivery, contact hours are spread across a minimum of three days in the College week. This leaves two full days free for independent study, the fulfilment of research placement hours and engagement in the independent research process. Multimodal delivery has been aligned across weeks to ensure that learners do not have a mix of modes within any one day. Modules with synched schedules of delivery have been timetabled together on the same day to ensure consistency of on-campus and online/asynchronous requirements.

Part-time

The proposed programme is offered as a part-time delivery with a recommended learning path that allows completion within a minimum two-year period.  For part-time learners, their timetable follows a two-evening structure in Semester one and Semester three, with an additional half evening in Semester two due to the introduction of the Capstone module contact hours. As for the full-time learners, part-time delivery of Capstone contact hours is fully online and scheduled strategically across Semester two to support the preparation of learner proposals and the commencement of the ethics review process and is cross listed between the Capstone 1  and Capstone 2 modules. There are no class contact hours in Semester four, with the Capstone submission occurring at the end of this semester. Multimodal delivery has been aligned across weeks to ensure that learners do not have a mix of modes within any one evening. Modules with synched schedules of delivery have been timetabled together on the same evening to ensure consistency of on-campus and online/asynchronous requirements.


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.

 

From the graduate perspective many continue to further postgraduate specialisms or into employment in a variety of differing roles. When the current labour market reports are reviewed there is evidence of a need for Psychologists in the areas of health care, with NGOs, in education and research areas, and now emerging in the social media providers and Artificial intelligence type companies. A snapshot of vacancies in the Dublin region alone in January 2021 had organisations such as Facebook, Qualtrics, Simon Community, Peter McVerry Trust and Praxis all seeking to recruit individuals with a degree or higher qualification in Psychology. Specific to the field of Psychology with a health focus were advertisements from organisations including Simon Community, TUSLA, Pieta House, St. Michael's House and the HSE.

 

Graduates of the proposed Master of Science in Health Psychology will be uniquely placed to provide an informed and articulate summary of the critical factors shaping human behaviour, specifically in relation to health and wellbeing, at individual, community and global levels. As workplaces grow and take more account of their responsibility to their workforce in supporting their mental and physical wellbeing, employers will look to our graduates to help develop and lead programmes, interventions and strategies to aid their workforce in reaching their full potential.

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 examinations.

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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 days 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 2022

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 2022

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