About This Course
Psychology and Computing
3 or 4 years
EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165. See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language and O2/H6 in Maths. See Requirements for full details.
This is one of the few degree courses internationally that combines Psychology and Computer Science to advance understanding of people’s experience with technology. As a student of this degree you will:
- explore the intersection between computing and psychology and apply this knowledge to improving lives socially, culturally and economically
- broaden your understanding of the needs of technology users such as children using technology, elders who may wish to use ICT but feel inhibited, people who struggle with IT but increasingly have to use it, and many more,
- design, develop and test IT solutions to benefit a wide range of users’ needs,
- gain practical skills that will enhance your employability in the IT sector, especially in areas that are in great demand such as human-computer interaction, user experience design, usability evaluation, game design and social media, and in research aimed at developing the next generation of systems and services
- explore the potential of technology in areas such as education, e-health and mobile-health online screening as it applies to fields including as health, mental health and suicide help-seeking etc.
- develop an understanding of digitally-mediated lived experiences
Year 1 modules
- AP1046 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (5 credits)
- AP1107 Methods for User Centred Design (5 credits)
- CS1023 Introduction to Human-Centred Computing (5 credits)
- AP1104 Research Methods in Psychology I (5 credits)
- AP1040 Research Design and Statistical Analyses I (5 credits)
- AP1035 Introduction to Neuroscience, Perception and Attention (5 credits)
- AP1037 Social Psychology (5 credits)
- CS1110 Systems Organization 1 (5 credits)
- CS1021 Introduction to Relational Databases I (5 credits)
- CS1022 Introductory to Programming & Problem-Solving (15 credits)
Year 2 modules
- AP2116 Social computing (5 credits)
- CS2511 Usability Engineering (5 credits)
- CS2012 Web Development (5 credits)
- AP2044 Applied Cognition (5 credits)
- AP1036 Learning and Behaviour (5 credits)
- AP2114 Research Methods in Psychology 2 (10 credits)
- AP2046 Experimental Design and Statistical Applications 2 (5 credits)
- CS2011 Intermediate Programming (5 credits)
- CS2515 Algorithms and Data Structures I (5 credits)
- CS2512 Authoring (5 credits)
- CS2501 Database Design and Administration (5 credits).
Year 3 modules
- AP3133 Service design and evaluation (5 credits)
- CS3032 Mobile Multimedia (5 credits)
- CS3031 Interaction design (5 credits)
- CS3500 Software Engineering (5 credits)
- AP1033 Individual Differences (5 credits)
- AP2049 The Psychology of Aging (5 credits)
- AP3126 Health Psychology: Models and Applications (5 credits)
- CS3033 Data Mining (5 credits)
- AP3134 Team Project (20 credits).
Project will involve technology prototype design and evaluation, will be people focused, and will be led by staff from both Applied Psychology and Computer Science.
See the Book of Modules for further details on modules.
This is a full-time course demanding a full-time commitment. The annual 60-credits workload equates to 12 hours of lectures per week with additional laboratory work and tutorials.
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 12-14 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 team 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.
You will have the opportunity of undertaking an optional work placement in year three in industry and other organisations. The objective is to provide you with learning opportunities in relevant work settings in which you are expected to develop skills as well as demonstrate integration of theory and practice from the course. Students choosing this option would then complete their degree in the fourth year.
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.
Why Choose This Course
- First degree programme of its kind in Ireland and amongst the first internationally
- Opportunity to undertake work placement in 3rd year
- Skills and experience attained will result in high graduate demand
- Option for graduates to specialise in Psychology or Computer Science via a conversion course
- Guaranteed entry to an accredited Psychology conversion course for graduates with 2H1 result
- Final year project will involve technology prototype design and evaluation, will be people focused, and will be led by staff from both Applied Psychology and Computer Science.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students will have the opportunity of undertaking an optional work placement in year three in industry and other organisations. The objective is to provide students with learning opportunities in relevant work settings in which they are expected to develop skills as well as demonstrate integration of theory and practice from the course.
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates will be well trained for careers in the following areas:
- User Experience (UX) Design
- User Interface Design
- Interaction Design
These are roles in which you will creatively apply the most engaging user interface design ideas and work practices with multi-disciplinary teams to design and develop products and services. Your primary role will be to focus on all aspects of user experience.
- User Research
- Service Design
- Accessibility Design.
In these roles you will develop an understanding of the requirements for technology, improve the design of technology, or evaluate the effectiveness of technology. These roles involve direct contact and collaboration with the end users of software and services, and are advertised by both hardware and software companies, as well as public services.
Graduates of this course who wish to pursue a career in the psychology professions can do so via a year-long graduate conversion course. Students who achieve at least a 2.1 in their degree will be guaranteed a place on our graduate conversion course. This conversion course will provide access to professional accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Graduates of this course who wish to pursue a career in Software Development, IT, Software Engineering, Web Development, or any of the computing professions will be well placed to do so, through further study or direct routes to employment.
Leaving Certificate 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:
FETAC requirements can be found 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
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.
The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
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.