UCC Undergraduate courses

Applied Psychology

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Applied Psychology

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

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

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2017: 499.

Course Outline

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

  • AP1025 Applying Psychology to Personal and Professional Development
  • AP1030 Critical Skills for Psychologists
  • AP1031 Biological Psychology
  • AP1032 Lifespan Development
  • AP1033 Individual Differences
  • AP1035 Introduction to Neuroscience, Perception and Attention
  • AP1036 Learning and Behaviour
  • AP1037 Social Psychology
  • AP1038 Digital Literacy for Psychologists
  • AP1039 Research Methods in Psychology
  • AP1040 Research Design and Statistical Analyses I

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.

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. 

Why Choose This Course

I learned how to think critically, conduct high quality research projects, and evaluate research evidence.

Lisa Murphy

Graduate 2014

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I want to help people and understand what makes people tick.

Daniel Waugh

Graduate, BA Applied Psychology

The Applied Psychology course is an excellent preparation and grounding for future psychologists. More than 90% of our graduates are in employment in a field of psychology or are in postgraduate training.

Some of the unique aspects of our course include:

  • course is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, recognised by the British Psychological Society, and widely accepted internationally
  • strong, internationally recognised research by staff
  • staff are committed to and engaged in mentoring psychology undergraduates
  • committed to supporting work experience among students
  • graduates can progress to a wide variety of postgraduate training, in Cork and beyond.

Skills and Careers Information

Internationally, psychology graduates enjoy better job prospects than almost any other discipline. Over the past five years 94% of graduates were working or taking further training. As a graduate of Applied Psychology, you will have the required foundation to follow a career in psychology including clinical practice and research. You will also use your knowledge of psychology in a wide range of careers including:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Human Resource Management
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Social and health services
  • Criminal justice system
  • Industry
  • Research


Leaving Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:



Other Language




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.

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 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

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.


Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

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. 

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.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our 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. 

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