Course Code: CK120
Course Title: Applied Psychology
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: The State will pay the tuition fees for full-time EU 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.
Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Entry Points: 2017: 499.
As a student on the BA Applied Psychology, you get a chance to engage with a wide breadth of topics. The degree follows a rich, varied and challenging curriculum, from history to neuroscience, culture to biology, from children to the elderly, from professional skills to statistical and laboratory skills. The scope of psychology can be seen in the variety of areas that staff in Applied Psychology in UCC research, which includes examining:
- how children learn and develop
- sensorimotor processes such as those involved in falling
- the interpersonal processes involved in caring which may lead to healthier, experientially richer ageing
- people’s engagement with social media and games and how technology could be designed to give people a chance for a richer life
- adolescent health and wellbeing and how it can be improved
We aim to provide you with an education in Psychology which meets the highest world standards, while recognising our established and on-going commitment to the application and use of that knowledge.
The BA Applied Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, which entitles you to apply for postgraduate training in psychology in the specific area in which you choose to specialise.
The BA in Applied Psychology offers a rich and diverse curriculum. You will complete courses that examine psychology from a philosophical and cultural perspective, enhance your critical thinking and scientific communication skills and help you to develop a strong understanding of the main modern fields of psychology.
Current modules offered are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
AP1040 Experimental Design
AP1039 Research Methods
AP1034 Critical Skills for Psychologists
AP1031 Biological Psychology
AP1032 Lifespan Development
AP1035 Introduction to Neuroscience
AP1033 Individual Differences
AP1036 Learning and Behaviour
AP1037 Social Psychology
AP1038 Digital Literacy for Psychologists
Year 2 Modules
AP2046 Experimental Design
AP2050 Research Methods
AP2045 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence
AP2044 Applied Cognition
AP2047 Social and Organisational Psychology
AP2041 Critical Skills for Applied Psychologists
AP2048 Psychology and Everyday Life
AP2049 Psychology of Aging
AP2043 Biological Psychology
Year 3 Modules
AP3117 Research Project
AP3116 Applied Psychology Seminars
AP3119 Psychological Therapies
AP3120 Personal and Career Development
AP3118 Psychological Measurement
AP3112 Conceptual and Historical Issues
AP3121 Forensic Psychology
AP3126 Health Psychology
AP3127 People and Technology
AP3124 Work Psychology
AP3125 Cognitive Psychology: New Perspectives
AP3123 Positive Psychology
AP3122 Special Educational Needs
AP3124 Work Psychology
Leaving Cert entry requirements:
H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Mature students: Approximately four places are available on this course for mature students. Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the MSAP test. Some mature applicants may be shortlisted for interview.
International Students should visit the International Education website.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Applicants should apply directly to the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. Applicants must also apply to sit the MSAP exam.
You will benefit from a high level of contact with lecturers, tutors and demonstrators. Classes are timetabled over the week, and many of the practical sessions have a compulsory attendance requirement.
There is a shift towards more self-directed learning, although this is augmented by 10–12 hours of scheduled lectures and practical sessions.
You will attend 8-10 hours of lectures on average, and focus your time more heavily on your independent research project. As with all undergraduate degrees, there is an expectation that you will devote time before and after 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 such as examination-based assessment, essays and practical laboratory reports that describe the research that you complete.
Other modules incorporate reflective journals, case studies and class presentations into the assessment strategy.
The degree also uses some online learning technologies and some modules have assessments that involve participation in online discussion forums and other online assessments.