Program Overview

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Over the past century, Psychologists have examined the fascinating variety of human thought and activity and now a degree in Psychology opens up many opportunities to use this knowledge to address important social issues and improve the quality of people’s lives.

Psychology spans virtually all aspects of human life and allows us seek answers to questions such as:

  • What effects do different drugs have on behaviour?
  • How do children develop a sense of self and relationships with others?
  • What effect does our mood have on our ability to remember information?
  • How can we understand mental disorders and help people cope with their illnesses?
  • When and why do people and animals help others in need?
  • What are the roots of prejudice and discrimination and what can be done to resolve intergroup conflict?

By defining and investigating these and other questions, psychologists aim to provide practical solutions to the many personal and social challenges that people face in their everyday lives. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills essential for a career in Psychology. This is an accredited course so you will be eligible to register with the Psychological Society of Ireland when you graduate.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



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This four-year honours degree in Psychology provides a broad introduction to the discipline, followed by coverage of the core areas of study required for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland, as well as allowing you to specialise in advanced areas in your final year of study. You will cover areas such as social, developmental, biological and cognitive psychology as well as personality and individual differences and research methods and statistics. You will also have an opportunity to undertake study abroad as well as work in an area relevant to psychology during your degree.

Learning how to design and conduct research is a central part of this programme. You will actively engage in laboratory classes and group research exercises throughout the course to develop research methods skills, culminating in your own final year research project. Our aim is to instil in our students a curiosity and appreciation of the many different aspects of the discipline and provide you with the critical thinking and practical research skills to study the world from a psychological perspective.

Electives information for incoming students

Module Electives - what are they?

Electives give you the opportunity to choose modules that you want to study.

Each Semester you will be given a choice of a number of modules and you will be asked to select a certain amount to study. This can range from 1 module to 4 modules, based on the course.

For example, you may be given a list of 4 modules, and will be asked to choose 2 to study for the upcoming semester.

Electives in Bachelor of Psychology

This honours degree in Psychology provides a broad introduction to the discipline, followed by coverage of the core areas of study required for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland, as well as allowing you to specialise in advanced areas in your final year of study. In the first year of study, students are required to complete other non Psychology modules from the list of electives below.

Students must choose two electives from the following list and register for these modules in the first week of Semester 1:

SO4001 – Introduction to Sociology
This module aims to introduce students to the subject matter of contemporary sociology. It will familiarise students with the key concepts used within sociological analysis and demonstrate, using illustrative materials, the uses and importance of sociological analysis in the modern and post-modern world.

CU4121 – Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies
The rationale and Purpose of the Module is to introduce students to the fields of cultural studies and new media and to the basic concepts underlying their study of these disciplines over the course of their programme. It will also give students the theoretical tools to analyse cultural processes and to investigate new media as cultural institutions, particularly in comparative contexts.

PA4021 – Ideas and Concepts in Public Administration
This course aims to introduce students to the ideas and concepts used in the study of Public Administration. This module provides an overview of the different principles and theoretical perspectives applied to the study of public administration and underlying recent changes in the scope and management of the public sector.

PO4011 – Introduction to Government and Politics
This module provides an introductory guide to important themes and issues related to the study of politics, such as the state, regime types, and political change and behaviour. It is intended as a practical guide to some of the main concepts and vocabulary of political science.

MA4601 – Science Mathematics 1
The purpose of the Module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra. It also aims to develop and integrate the basic mathematical skills relevant to science.

BY4001 – Biology 1

  • Rationale and Purpose of the Module:
  • To introduce fundamental concepts of biological structure and function.
  • To provide an introductory course in cellular energetics and respiration, photosynthesis, animal physiology, and microbiology.

PO4018 – International Relations
Provides an overview of some of the theoretical debates and issues that have underpinned the study of International Relations (IR). Theoretical perspectives such as Realism, Liberalism and Structuralism will be introduced and this will allow students to apply these to the arena of world politics and to processes such as the interactions of states, the workings of International Organisation and the global economy

PM4035 – The Psychology of Work
The module aims to enable students develop knowledge and skills in psychology (both as a discipline and as a professional field) applied to work and organisations. It aims to develop knowledge and skills of understanding individuals in context, considering cognitive, emotional, motivational and behavioural responses to varying working environments and contexts. It aims to develop theoretical and applied knowledge about key psychological concepts and theories concerning, work, the workplace, and working life.

LA4068 – Crime and Criminal Justice
The Crime and Criminal Justice module aims to critically evaluate the institutions and operation of the criminal Irish justice system in comparative perspective. The module aims to introduce students to the main approaches and theories in the field of crime and criminal justice studies, and the mechanisms by which the criminal justice system responds to the incidence of crime. The module also examines the influence of the media influence on public attitudes towards crime, criminal justice processes and sentencing, criminal justice policy making, reform and anti-crime initiatives.

GE4211 – German for Beginners 1
This module is set at A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This module provides students with an introduction to the German-speaking countries as physical, cultural and political entities. This module will also provide communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) at a basic level in German through the introduction and practice of simple grammatical structures, functions and vocabulary.

SP4131 – Spanish for Beginners 1
This module is set at A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The beginners course aims to provide the student with a strong basic knowledge of Spanish and of contemporary Spain and Latin America. The course is designed to enable the student to understand and use basic structures of Spanish grammar. This module will also develop listening and speaking skills in Spanish and equip the student with basic writing skills.

Year 1

Semester 1    

  • Psychology and Everyday Life    
  • Psychology Theory & Method I    
  • Practical Psychology I    

Two other non psychology modules    

from the following list in Semester 1    


  • Introduction to Sociology    
  • Introduction to New Media and
  • Cultural'Studies    
  • Administration    
  • Ideas & Concepts in Public
  • Introduction to Politics    
  • Science Mathematics    
  • Biology 1    
  • International Relations    
  • The Psychology of Work    
  • Crime and Criminal Justice    
  • Early Modern Ireland    
  • German for Beginners 1    
  • Spanish for Beginners 1    

Semester 2

  • Psychology and Social issues
  • Psychology Theory and Method II
  • Practical Psychology II

Two other non psychology modules

from the following list in Semester 2

  • Introduction to Sociology 2
  • Language and Culture
  • Civil and Public Service
  • Thought
  • Modern European Political
  • Science Mathematics 2
  • Biology 2
  • Principles of Organizational Behaviour 
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sources for History
  • German for Beginners 2
  • Spanish for Beginners 2

Year 2

Semester 3    

  • Sociology of Media    
  • Biological basis of behaviour    
  • Psychology of Personality    
  • Social Psychology    
  • Empirical Psychology I    

Semester 4

  • Cognition
  • Human Development and life span
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology II
  • Empirical Psychology II

Year 3

Semester 5    


  • Cooperative Placement    
  • Cooperative Placement 2    

Semester 6

  • Study Abroad

Year 4

Semester 7    


  • Final Year Project I    
  • Applied Psychology    
  • Advanced Research Methods    

Two from the following list in Semester 1    

  • Political Psychology    
  • Developmental Psychopathology    
  • Approaches to Social Identity    
  • Psychology and Gender    
  • Health Psychology    
  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology    
  • Economic Psychology    

Semester 8

  • Final Year Project II

Three from the following list in Semester 2

  • Political Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Approaches to Social Identity
  • Psychology and Gender
  • Health Psychology
  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
  • Economic Psychology

Minimum grades    

  • 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:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis Tutor
  • Cadet Irish Naval Service
  • Customer Service Adviser
  • HR and Payroll Graduate Programme
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Musician
  • Personal Assistant
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Receptionist
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Research through practice
  • Teacher (International School)


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