Entry Points (2017)

Course Overview

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mental processes, and includes individual and social, human and animal, normal and abnormal aspects.

First year Psychology is taken with two other subjects selected from the extensive Arts menu. Second year and third year (the final year) of the BA in Psychology involve only courses in Psychology. The BA in Psychology satisfies the requirements for graduate membership of relevant professional societies (the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society), and the degree qualifies graduates for entry to specialist postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland, the UK, the US and elsewhere.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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

Additional Requirements


3 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

AAAB or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biology and Behaviour

Year 2

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Social Psychology
  • Forensic, Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Organisational Psychology
  • Perception, Attention and Performance
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology, Science and Pseudoscience
  • Human Sexuality

Year 3

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis
  • History of Psychology and Current Issues
  • Psychological Measurement: Theory and Practice
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Health Psychology
  • Research Project
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Psycholinguistics

The syllabus is subject to change and there is no assurance that the modules provided will be the same in all respects as those listed.

Further Education

Graduates can go further with their degree by carrying out psychological research in a university or other research centre.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Even a little knowledge of psychology is useful in most career paths. Students might consider studying for a psychology degree if interested in becoming a professional psychologist in an applied area such as clinical psychology, the health services, education or industry; lecturing in psychology in a third-level college; carrying out psychological research in a university or other research centre; or improving their general education by studying an interesting and useful discipline with careers of a more general type in mind, for example, the media, information technology or management.

The BA 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

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

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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!