Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

PLEASE NOTE: From 2018 Applied Psychology will no longer be part of the main BA degree CK101 in UCC.  Students will no longer be able to choose Studies in Psychology as one of their subjects in BA Arts (CK101), BA Arts-Music (CK104), BA Film and Screen Media (CK105), BA International (CK108), BA English (CK109), BA Economics (CK117) or any similar BA degree subject.


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 (CK120)

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.

Psychology and Computing BA (Hons) CK121

This is one of the few degree courses internationally that combines Psychology and Computer Science to advance understanding of people’s experience with technology. For more information please see https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck121/

As a student of this degree you will:

  • develop an understanding of digitally-mediated lived experiences
  • gain practical skills that will enhance your employability in the IT sector, especially in areas that are in great demand such as human-computer interaction, user-experience design, usability evaluation, game design and social media, and in research aimed at developing the next generation of systems and services
  • explore the intersection between computing and psychology and apply this knowledge to improving lives socially, culturally and economically
  • broaden your understanding of the needs of technology users such as children using technology, elders who may wish to use ICT but feel inhibited, people who struggle with IT but increasingly have to use it, and many more
  • explore the potential of technology in areas such as education, e-health and mobile-health online screening as it applies to fields including as health, mental health and suicide help seeking etc.
  • design, develop and test IT solutions to benefit a wide range of users’ needs


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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. 

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