Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

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Studying Psychology

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements


Duration: 3 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 515

A Level Grades (2015): AAAB or equivalent combination

Average intake: 15

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.

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- 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.

Current Students

Current student: 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!"