Applied Psychology BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK120

Course Title: Applied Psychology

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Applied Psychology

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.

Course Details

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

AP2042 Psychopathology

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

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

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.

FETAC Requirements.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. 

Non-EU Applicants

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.

Course Practicalities

Year 1
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.

Year 2
There is a shift towards more self-directed learning, although this is augmented by 10–12 hours of scheduled lectures and practical sessions.

Year 3
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.

Further Contact Information

Tara Singleton, School Manager

T: +353 (0)21 490 4604/4512


Ms Derbhile Timon , Manager
Phone: +353 (0) 21 4905891

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