Program Overview

This course allows you to examine a fascinating variety of human behaviours and social interactions, and opens up a wide variety of career opportunities. This combination of disciplines offers you the opportunity to develop and deepen your knowledge and understanding of how and why humans think and behave the way they do, and how they shape and are shaped by the society they live in.

The programme will help you to understand and explore the complexities of the mind and society. In the final year you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project on a chosen subject in Psychology. By the end of this course you will have the knowledge and research skills essential for a career in Psychology. The BA is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, and will allow you to progress in a career in Psychology.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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What You Will Study

This four year honours degree in Psychology & Sociology provides you with a broad introduction to both disciplines in the first year, followed by coverage of the core areas of Psychology required for accreditation including: social, developmental, personality, biological and cognitive psychology as well as research methods and statistics. In your final year of study you will specialise in advanced areas of both Psychology and Sociology, in topics including multiculturalism, the media and applied psychology, while undertaking your own independent research project in an area of Psychology. You will also have an opportunity to undertake study abroad as well as work in an area relevant to psychology or sociology during the course of your studies.

Year 1

Semester 1


  • Psychology: Theory and Method 1
  • Psychology and Everyday Life
  • Practical Psychology 1    
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods

Semester 2

  • Psychology and Social Issues
  • Psychology: Theory and Method 2
  • Practical Psychology 2    
  •   Gender: Sociological Perspectives    
  • Introduction to Sociology 2

Year 2

Semester 3


  • Social Psychology 2
  • Psychology of the Personality
  • Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
  • Emprical Psychology 1
  • Classic Sociological Theory

Semester 4

  • Cooperative Education 1 

Semester 5

  • Off Campus/External Academic Placement 3    

Semester 6

  • Human Development and the life span 1
  • Research Methods    
  • Emprical Psychology 2    
  • Cognition 1    
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory    

Semester 7

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Final Year Project 1 (Psychology and Sociology)
  • Qualitative Methods for Sociological Research    

Elective - Choose Min 1 Max 1

  • Applied Psychology
  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology    
  • Political Psychology

Elective - Choose Min 1 Max 1    

  • Sociology of Health and Illness    
  • Sociology of the welfare state    
  • Sociology of Work    

Semester 8

  • Final Year Project 2 (Psychology and Sociology)
  • Sociology of Globalisation    

Elective - Choose Min 1 Max 1

  • Sociology of Media Audiences    
  • Inequaliry and social exclusion
  • Sociological Approaches to Gender and multiculturalism    
  • Sociology of Gender and Popular Culture    
  • The Sociology of the Body    
  • Sociology of Love and Its Dark Side    

Elective - Choose Min 1 Max 1

  • Social Psychology 2    
  • Approaches to Social Identity    

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • ABA Tutor
  • Accounts Representative
  • Assistant Facilitator
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • Business Analyst
  • Customer Care Agent
  • Employment Facilitator
  • Family Activities Worker
  • Head Office Receptionist
  • Trainee Manager
  • Learning Support
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Speech and Language Therapy Assistant
  • Teacher (International School)
  • Youth Worker


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