What to expect while studying

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

There are two ways of studying psychology as an undergraduate at UCC: the BA Applied Psychology, and the BA Arts (Honours) with a minor in Psychology.  Both courses are three years in duration.  Please see below for an outline of the important similarities and differences between each degree. 

 

BA Applied Psychology 

BA Arts (Honours) with a minor in Psychology 

Course covers all major areas of research in modern psychology

Students take options covering topics central to research in modern psychology

 

Students are given training in research methods and statistical analysis.

 

Students are NOT trained in research methods.

Students take two other arts subjects besides psychology in first year, but take psychology modules exclusively in 2nd and 3rd Year.

 

Students take psychology as a minor subject and take another arts subject as their major taking 15 credits of psychology in first year and either 10 or 20 credits in 2nd and 3rd Year. 

Students take 150 credits in psychology in the course of their degree. 30 in first year and 60 in each successive year. 

 

See the UCC Calendar for more details on the structure of this course.

 

 

Students have the option to take a minimum of 35 credits or a maximum of 55 credits in psychology modules in the course of their degree. 

 

See the UCC Calendar for more details on the structure of this course.

 

The BA Applied Psychology entitles students to apply for graduate membership of the PSI  – a pre-requisite for most postgraduate training courses in psychology. 

Graduates wishing to pursue a career in psychology will need to take a postgraduate conversion course such as the Higher Diploma in Psychology, before undergoing further professional training as psychologists. 

 

Prospective students do not need to have any special skills in areas such as mathematics in order to complete the course successfully.

Prospective students do not need to have any special skills in areas such as mathematics in order to complete the course successfully.

Find out how to apply here: BA in Applied Psychology

Find out how to apply here: BA in Arts - Studies in psychology



Picture of 2013 Graduate Daniel Waugh

Daniel Waugh

Applied Psychology CK106, Undergraduate Student

Since first year of Applied Psychology, anything that had a biological and neurological component of any module sparked my immediate interest and grabbed my full attention. Favouring Biological Bases of Behaviour ever since, I completed my dissertation stemming from various aspects of the psychological field involving stress. Something I will take away with me is the community feeling the department expounds. The staff engage in a friendly and down-to-earth way with students, and will always make time for them. I hope to return to complete a PhD in the near future and continue research in a Developmental and Biological field.

Picture of Grainne Leahy. Undergraduate of Applied PSychology in U.C.C.

Grainne Leahy

Applied Psychology CK106, Undergraduate Student

Though the degree itself was challenging in many ways, the effort put into the modules and overall degree turned out to be well worth it. I completed a project based around individual people’s preferences when choosing romantic partners, which turned out to be an incredibly interesting and colourful subject to focus on. The support of the lecturers and mentors helped me to find my main areas of interest in psychology, which turned out to be the cognitive, social, and biological areas of psychology, and I hope to begin a Masters course in 2014, as the next step in my career.

Stephen Cogan,Alumni profile for BA in Applied Psychology

Stephen Cogan

Applied Psychology CK106, Undergraduate Student

My undergraduate degree has given me a strong foundation in all areas of psychology and has particularly afforded me the opportunity to foster my interest in cognitive psychology, which developed from the beginning. This led to my research project on the relative importance of certain cognitive processes in the recognition of printed words. I am incredibly keen to further develop my studies and I hope to complete a Masters degree in Applied Psychology, hopefully specialising in this area. The support of my lecturers and the staff has been invaluable and it is with this encouragement that I am inspired to pursue further studies. 

David Berry Undergraduate Student of School of Applied Psychology

David Berry

Applied Psychology CK106, Undergraduate Student

I took a number of specific interests during my studies of applied psychology, having had the intention to be a clinical psychologist since first year I focused my attention on subjects pertaining to that field. Among the topics of research that I undertook were the study of health behaviours; especially how coping mechanisms affect health behaviour, LGBT issues and human computer interactions. For my final year project I focused on human factors in technology with respect to the heavy use of social media and the motivations behind this heavy use. I was delighted to be elected as UCC Students’ Union Vice President for Welfare in my final year. I hope to gain valuable experience from this role so that I will be able to apply for relevant masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. The time I spent doing my undergrad in the school of applied psychology comprised of the best three years of my life. The course was challenging, but now, as I leave UCC with a first class honours degree, I can proudly say that the hard work has come to fruition.

 I came to study H.Dip in Applied Psychology as a mature student and a graduate of Fine Art and Polish Philology. I found the course extremely stimulating intellectually: the intensity of the curriculum and high standards gave me solid a foundation of psychology as a science and as an applied discipline. Consequently, after just two years of studying I feel prepared to undertake a PhD project in the preferred areas of Health/Positive and Developmental Psychology. I consider psychology a fascinating, continuously evolving discipline with a great potential. In the future, I would like to contribute to the field through further research, as well as by the professional practice.

Kasia Pyrz

Applied Psychology CK106, Undergraduate Student

I came to study H.Dip in Applied Psychology as a mature student and a graduate of Fine Art and Polish Philology. I found the course extremely stimulating intellectually: the intensity of the curriculum and high standards gave me solid a foundation of psychology as a science and as an applied discipline. Consequently, after just two years of studying I feel prepared to undertake a PhD project in the preferred areas of Health/Positive and Developmental Psychology. I consider psychology a fascinating, continuously evolving discipline with a great potential. In the future, I would like to contribute to the field through further research, as well as by the professional practice.

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