Taught course

Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies)

Ulster University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold at least a 2:1 degree in Psychology, which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Those with a 2:2 are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to those who have some additional relevant clinical experience to add to their CV.

All applicants, regardless of qualifications, are advised to use the space provided in the personal statement/additional information section of the online application process, to detail any experience that may be relevant to studying an MSc in Applied Psychology.

For those students interested in undertaking Route 1 on the programme (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner), you will be selected through an interview process - this interview specifically determines entry to Route 1, and does not affect the offer of a place on the MSc.

For the more clinical-based optional module of 'Family Therapy and Systemic Practice 2', students will be required to be working in a clinical setting, either voluntary or paid, where having access to clients (under supervision) will be an essential criteria. Students must arrange this for themselves.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme provides an opportunity for students to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas of applied psychology related to mental health practice and research. It trains and equips students wishing to:
  • Enter further professional training in Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Forensic Psychology;
  • Become more employable for positions in the public and private sector (such as Assistant and Associate Psychologist posts, and Research Assistant/Analyst posts);
  • Pursue PhD research in the area of mental health.

In addition, the course has gained full AFT accreditation for Foundation Level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, and full BPS accreditation for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training. These can be taken as routes within the MSc programme.

The MSc Applied Psychology programme was shortlisted for the 2017/18 gradireland Postgraduate Course of the Year in the ‘Health Sciences’ category.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Donal McAteer
+44 (0)28 7167 5027