Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes, and includes individual and social, human and animal, normal and abnormal aspects. The School of Psychology provides modules in all the main aspects of Psychology including Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods. The course satisfies the requirements for graduate membership of relevant professional societies (the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society).

Students might consider studying Psychology if they are interested in becoming a professional psychologist, researching Psychology in a research centre, lecturing in Psychology or improving their general education by studying an interesting and useful discipline with careers of a more general type in mind, such as the media, IT or management.

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Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

1 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

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Course code

Course Outline

First-year Psychology is taken with two other subjects selected from the extensive Arts menu. In second year and final year of the BSc in (Psychology) students solely study Psychology courses. Please refer to page 23 to see subjects on offer in first year.


• Cognitive Psychology
• Theories of Personality
• Research Methods
• Social Psychology
• Psychology of Learning
• Critical and Collaborative Thinking
• Developmental Psychology
• Biology and Behaviour
Plus two other subjects are selected from the extensive arts menu.


• Developmental Psychology
• Experimental Psychology
• Qualitative Research Methods
• Biological Psychology
• Psychology of Learning
• Social Psychology
• Theories of Personality
• Perception, Attention and Performance
• Research Methods in Psychology
• Memory and Cognition
• Professional Skills in Psychology 


Options include
• Study Abroad
• Work Placement
• Research Placement
• Community Service
• Service Learning
• Elective Psychology Modules
• Modules from other disciplines 


• Applied Behavioural Analysis
• Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
• Psychological Measurement: Theory and Practice
• Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
• Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
• Health Psychology
• Forensic, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
• Research Project
• Relational Frame Theory
• Behavioural Medicine
• Paediatric Clinical Behavioural Interventions
• Neuropsychology
• Positive Psychology
• Human Sexuality
• Various elective modules

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Further Education

Completing the BSc (Psychology) will enable a graduate to gain access to further training to become a professional psychologist or to undertake a research degree in psychology (e.g., a PhD in Psychology). The degree qualifies graduates for entry to specialist postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland, the UK, the USA and elsewhere

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Psychology prepares you for a diversity of interdisciplinary fields, including neuroscience, sports science, health promotion and education. Graduates have gone on to do further training to become professional psychologists (e.g., a clinical or occupational psychologist) and work in a variety of settings. For example, in the health services, they treat mental health issues; in educational settings, they identify learning needs; and in industry, they work on recruitment and retention. Researchers in the field of psychology also work as lecturers in third-level colleges or other research settings. Many graduates also find their psychology degree helps them in nonpsychology professions, such as banking, the media, information technology and management and the criminal justice system.

The BSc in Psychology provides the foundation for professional careers in psychology, as well as careers in a host of cognate areas. Graduates are to be found across all employment sectors, including:

  • Social and health services
  • Counselling and therapy
  • Industry and commerce
  • Civil service
  • Education
  • The defence forces
  • Journalism and the media
  • Sport and recreation
  • Organisation and management
  • The criminal justice system

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

In third year, there will be a limited number of work placements relevant to psychology.

Study Abroad

The links we have forged with European universities such as Maastricht and Munich mean that students have the option to study for part of their psychology degree abroad through the Erasmus programme.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

Miriam Lohan,
School of Psychology
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 (0)91 493 101
E psychology@nuigalway.ie 

What Our Students Say


Michelle Downes |   BA (Psychology)

I am in my second year of a Psychology degree and I love it. We have a different range of subjects every semester and you really do regret it if you miss a lecture because the lecturers make them so interesting. My favourite subject this year was Forensic Psychology because it was just so fascinating - much better than an episode of CSI!


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