Undergraduate Courses

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.

Prospectus Page: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck120/



BA Psychology and Computing (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.

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

Prospectus Page: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck121/


BA Early Years and Childhood Studies (CK111)

The BA Early Years and Childhood Studies was one of the first degree courses of its kind in Ireland and pioneered the development of Early Years and Childhood Studies as a distinct speciality with distinctive careers.

This three-year degree will expose you to interdisciplinary perspectives from the Schools of Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies and Education, each of which contributes a third of the teaching.

The curriculum places emphasis on academic theory, research skills and professional and reflective practice. It includes a broad range of perspectives on childhood, the child in society, child development, early years care and education, and child health.

Supervised work-based placements in diverse childhood-related settings form an integral part of this course. You will undertake a 10- to 12-week placement in both Years 2 and 3. The professional practice placements provide opportunities for you to apply the theories you have learned, and to experience working with children under the guidance of expert practitioners.

Prospectus Page: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ck111/


BA Applied Psychology Mature Student Places

Places are available in each of our undergraduate courses 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.

School of Applied Psychology

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