About This Course
Subject available through multiple programmes
Studies in Psychology (available for 2017 entrants only)
Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
Studies in Psychology is a broad introduction to practice, theory and research in the field of psychology and will develop your knowledge in all the core areas of modern psychology. These include cognitive, biological, developmental, abnormal and forensic psychology.
You will develop an understanding of how psychological theory can be applied to understand people and how experiences, behaviours and attitudes are developed throughout the lifespan.
Graduates of the BA Studies in Psychology may complete a Higher Diploma in Psychology as a pathway to becoming eligible for postgraduate training in psychology in whichever area they choose to specialise.
Expected lecture hours: In year 1, you benefit from a high level of contact with academic staff and take three modules in Applied Psychology. Classes are timetabled over the week, and some of the practical sessions have a compulsory attendance requirement.
Expected reading hours: As with all undergraduate degrees, there is an expectation that you will devote time before and after scheduled lectures and practicals to reading, research and developing your knowledge across all courses in the degree.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
A variety of assessment methods are used on this course, reflecting the emphasis on the development of and application of psychological knowledge.
Both exam-based assessments and essays are used, and modules may also incorporate reflective journals, case studies and class presentations into the assessment strategy.
The degree also uses some online learning technologies and so some modules have assessments that involve participation in online discussion forums and other online assessments.
Who teaches this course?
The lectures, tutorials and practical seminars in Applied Psychology are delivered by lecturers and staff who have postgraduate training in psychology. Our academic staff are engaged in research in psychology that directly informs the teaching of psychology courses as well as guiding the application of psychological theories to applied settings and issues.
The lecturers and tutors have postgraduate teaching qualifications and are engaged in continuous course development to ensure you receive an education in the modern issues, skills, theories and practice of psychology, embedded within a framework of the long tradition of the science and philosophy of psychology.
Why Choose This Course
The BA Studies in Psychology is an excellent grounding in the study of how people feel, how people behave, and how people think.
A key feature of the course is the use of scientific methods applied in research in the development of critical thinking and relating psychological knowledge to other fields.
Developing a scientifically grounded knowledge of the influence of social setting and experience is useful in a range of careers, including business, marketing, education and media.
Graduates of the course can also go on to a Higher Diploma in Psychology, which enables them to pursue a career as a psychologist.
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates from the BA Studies in Psychology have the knowledge and skills to pursue a number of career paths including careers in:
- social and health services
- the criminal justice system
- the media
Many of our graduates choose to use the course as a foundation for the next stage of a professional career in psychology.
Mature entry applicants
Find out about the mature entry requirements here.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Mature Students Requirements
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details.
Fees and Costs
Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
Non-EU applicants must apply online: How to apply pages for international students.
*All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.