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Foundations in Applied Psychology Practice (PG Cert)

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Foundations in Applied Psychology Practice

Entry year
Entry requirements
1 year (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Part Time)

Co-designed with Clinical Psychologists in the NHS and co-delivered by the Schools of Psychology at Queen’s and the University of Ulster, this programme provides Psychology graduates with a foundation to prepare them for employment in the NHS. It aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the application of psychological theory in a health and social care setting and helps them to appreciate and develop skills of professional practice. Students who have completed the programme will be able to apply their knowledge of behaviour change principles to analyse behaviour and identify intervention goals and will possess basic skills of psychological assessment and formulation. They will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of concepts of mental health and mental ill health, and will be familiar with a range of behaviour change interventions and therapeutic modalities. In addition, they will be aware of issues relating to working in complex systems and will be sensitive to team dynamics and team culture.

Foundations in Applied Psychology Practice highlights

Career Development

  • The course is part of a suite of upskilling programmes, funded by DfE, intended to increase skills in the Northern Irish workforce.

Student Experience

  • The course will be delivered in a flexible manner given that many students will likely already be working or have existing commitments on their time.

Course Structure

The course is comprised of two 30 credit modules.

Teaching Times

The course will be delivered entirely remotely. Live lectures will take place on Wednesdays between September and April.

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
The programme is designed to prepare students for careers in health and social care contexts and graduates of the programme might end up working in a very wide variety of settings such as mental health, learning disability, psychological therapies, community mental health and positive behaviour support.

Learning and Teaching

Lecturers on the course are experts in applied psychology in health and social care contexts either because of their research interests or through their professional practice. Thus, teaching on the programme will be research and practice-led.
We operate a proactive system of student support. The Postgraduate Advisor of Studies will guide and support you through your time with us, supported by the School's knowledgeable and friendly administrative staff. Good communication between staff and students is central and we operate a Student Voice Committee specifically for taught PG programmes.
Membership of this committee includes elected representatives from each of the taught postgraduate programmes, the Director of Postgraduate Taught Education, programme directors and the School Manager. This Committee allows students to quickly raise matters of concern to them and enables the School to keep students appraised of matters affecting the School and wider University.
The School of Psychology at Queen's has a distinguished history in educating undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School operates a single honours undergraduate degree on which around 500 students are enrolled, three taught MSc degrees, professional doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology, and a highly active research PhD programme. Many of the members of staff teaching on our programmes have international reputations in their field. All are committed teachers and researchers.
Our aim as a School is to recruit the best students locally and internationally. We aim to build a supportive learning environment that stimulates students to do their best work. We provide students with a range of opportunities to learn and have included some further information on these below.

Interaction in Role Plays

Students will engage in interaction via role play, and skills practice sessions, in order to begin to develop a variety of skills relating to psychological assessment and formulation and the gathering of information from people.


Lectures serve a number of purposes: they provide information about a topic and the basis for further self-directed study. They also provide an opportunity for class discussion, questions and feedback. In many cases lectures are followed by student-led seminars.

Self-guided study

Self-guided study is an essential part of any taught MSc course when private reading and research, preparation for assignments and reflection on feedback is carried out.


We will assess your performance in a variety of different ways

Video case study presentations

Reflective practice report

Take home exam




The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2022/23). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Entrance requirements

A 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, which has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). All applicants are required to submit a supplementary form with one mandatory question which will be assessed.

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applicants than places available the academic selectors will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided within each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12th May 2023 at 12 noon.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. Please see the following link for further information:

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Career Prospects

Employment after the Course
The programme is designed to prepare students for careers in health and social care contexts and graduates of the programme might end up working in a very wide variety of settings such as mental health, learning disability, psychological therapies, community mental health and positive behaviour support.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 Free for DfE Funded students (see below)
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 N/A
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 N/A
EU Other 3 N/A
International N/A

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2023-24, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Foundations in Applied Psychology Practice costs

No tuition fees are payable by eligible students for the programme as it is funded by the Department for the Economy’s Skill Up programme. Please refer to for further information.

Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the course and be:

• over 18 years of age;
• eligible to work in Northern Ireland;
• settled in Northern Ireland, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years; or
is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.

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