Master of Science (MSc) Applied Psychology

  • Overview
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  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


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This programme is suited to graduates who hold a first qualification in Psychology of an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) at NFQ Level 8 or above accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland or show eligibility for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Key Features of the Programme

The programme will provide learners with an insight into the field of applied psychology, thus developing the competencies and skills required to relate theory to practical applications. The learner will explore various theories of psychology that will enable them to understand human behaviour from individual, social and biological perspectives.

The programme is comprised of both core modules and elective modules. Elective modules form two distinct career pathways in the areas of organisational psychology and health psychology. 

Central to this programme are the areas of analysis, intervention, application, evaluation and research. There is a strong focus on ethics, professional skills and personal development. 

Upon completion of the programme learners will be able to competently investigate contemporary local and global issues using an applied psychological perspective and design solutions to match.

Entry Requirements

A first qualification in Psychology of an upper Second Class Honours (2.1) at NFQ Level 8 or above accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland or show eligibility for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland. (In exceptional cases, the college may accept a lower Second-class Honours degree in Psychology on the basis of an interview).

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum English language requirement for entry to the programme is IELTS score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course Content

Core Modules



Applied Neuroscience

Life Transitions
and Interventions

Professional Issues
and Ethics in Applied Psychology

Advanced Research
Methods and Analysis


Choose 2 of the following 4  

Occupational Health

Addiction and

The Psychology of
Motivation and Productivity

The Psychological
Practitioner and the
Therapeutic Relationship

Choose 2 of the following 4

Psychometrics and
Psychometric Assessment

Public and
Community Health

Leadership and
Organisational Development

Positive Psychology in Practice


Subjects will be assessed through a combination of end of semester examination and continuous assessment. In keeping with the emphasis on skills development and application in the programme, the assessment methods will require learners to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate areas, apply their learning and practical skills to provide solutions to practical issues, and demonstrate clear understanding and critical awareness of core concepts. Learners will also be exposed to guest lecturers from a variety of subject areas within psychology.



For full-time learners, the taught component comprises four mandatory modules, delivered over one academic year, comprising two semesters. The taught component also comprises eight elective modules, of which the learner chooses four. These elective modules are delivered over a semester; two elective modules per semester. Successful completion of the taught component stage allows the learner to move on to the dissertation stage.


For part-time learners, delivery of the taught component is structured over four taught semesters. During each semester, learners will normally attend lectures on two evenings per week.

Career Opportunities

Holders of the MSc in Applied Psychology will be open to careers in areas such as research and evaluation posts, teaching/lecturing and human resource management, as well as market research, social policy advocates, administrative positions, health care settings and training and development specialists.  The programme may also appeal to those learners keen to pursue further post graduate studies in the field of psychology.


The course fees for the next academic year are €8,700 full-time, €5,390 per annum part-time or €6,300 for both full-time and part-time (16 months) higher diploma programmes.This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

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You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. 

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

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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 (MSc) Applied 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.

Who is the Programme aimed at?

The programme is designed for Psychology graduates who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in professional areas of Psychology before entering further specialised professional training in Psychology, or pursuing PhD research. In addition, as a key feature of this programme is the development of transferable skills, the programme will be of benefit to learners seeking to enter or progress their careers in a variety of professions in both the public and private sectors. 

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: 
MSc in Applied Psychology
Award Type:
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

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