UCC Undergraduate courses

Arts - Studies in Psychology (available for 2017 entrants only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code

    Subject available through multiple programmes

  • Subject Title

    Studies in Psychology (available for 2017 entrants only)

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

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.

Course Practicalities

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
  • education
  • the criminal justice system
  • the media
  • industry

Many of our graduates choose to use the course as a foundation for the next stage of a professional career in psychology.


Refer to CK101, CK108


Mature entry applicants

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

Non-EU Candidates

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 visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

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.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK101 and CK108. Students choose Arts subjects when registering for first year.

EU Applicants

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the Central Applications Office page for further information.

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information.

All Applicants

Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and 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. 

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