What is Psychology?
Broadly speaking, psychology is the study of how people feel, how people behave, and how people think. The kind of psychology that is taught in most universities is what we may call "scientific psychology" and the characteristic feature of this approach to psychology is the use of rigorous scientific methods to develop our understanding of these processes of feeling, behaving, and thinking.
If you go to any large bookshop you will find a section called "psychology" or perhaps "popular psychology". By and large, "popular psychology" is more personal and subjective as an approach, and because it usually lacks the scientific rigour that we take for granted at university, the conclusions of popular psychology are much more limited and circumscribed.
BA Applied Psychology (CK106)
The BA Applied Psychology at UCC is a three-year full-time level 8 honours degree which provides the foundation for a career in psychology and affiliated fields. The BA Applied Psychology offers courses in all of the core areas of modern psychology including, Cognitive, Biological, Developmental, Abnormal and Forensic and graduates are eligible for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The combination of courses on offer in the School of Applied Psychology enables students to develop confidence, knowledge and skills in both the research and practical application of psychological theory. In particular the BA Applied Psychology at UCC examines how psychology is applied in work and in the community, and how psychological interventions might help with real world problems.
There is a rich and diverse curriculum offered in our degree programme. Students complete courses that examine psychology from a philosophical and cultural perspective. They enhance their critical thinking and scientific communication skills, and develop a strong understanding of the main fields in modern psychology. Our graduates are comprehensively trained in research skills; throughout the degree our students conduct qualitative and quantitative research, and also complete an independent research project in the final year of their degree. You should apply through the CAO for this degree if you want to work or undertake futher study in the area of Psychology.
If you register for the BA (CK101) , BA Internationa (CK108), BA Arts-Music (CK104), BA Film and Screen Media (CK105), BA English (CK109), BA Economics (CK117), you can opt to take 15 credits of Studies in Psychology in first year. Then, depending on the strucutre of your chosen degree, you could take 10 or 20 credits of Studies in Psychology in second and third year. Studies in Psychology gives you a broad, general introduction to Psychology. Students taking Studies in Psychology do not study enough credits of Psychology to be eligible to apply for postgraudate courses in Psychology once they graduate. If you graduate with a degree having taken Psychology as a minor subject then you must do the two-year Higher Diploma in Psychology first and then you can apply for postgraduate courses.
It is important to note that there is no transfer into CK106 at any time from any other degree.
Four places on the BA Applied Psychology course are given to Mature Student applicants each year. Competition for these places is very keen, and preparation for each stage of the application process is obviously important. Those candidates who can show an active interest in psychology, and who have thought through how they might pursue a career in the field (whether in research or as a practitioner), are most likely to be successful in securing a place. Further information on making an application can be found on the UCC Mature Student Office website.
You can view our undergraduate brochure here Applied Psychology Undergraduate Brochure (2,564kB)
You can also take a look at our 'Current Students' pages where you will find the handbooks which include timetable and other information.
The College Calendar will list the modules available this year (and this may be change from year to year)
The Book of Modules will give details of teaching and assessment for each module.