(Available from 2018) Psychology and Computing BA (Hons)

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Course Code: CK121

Course Title: Psychology and Computing

Subject Title: (Available from 2018)

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Psychology and Computing

Duration: 3 years, or 4 years with a placement

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: The State will pay the Tuition Fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. The Student Contribution/Capitation Fee is payable by the student. In 2017/18 the student contribution fee will be €3,000 and the capitation fee is expected to be €165

Entry Requirements: Minimum grade of H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Additional Requirements: 02/H6 in Mathematics

Entry Points: New Programme 2018


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:

  • develop an understanding of digitally-mediated lived experiences
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • design, develop and test IT solutions to benefit a wide range of users’ needs


Course Details

Year 1 Modules

AP1035 Introduction to Neuroscience, Perception and Attention (5 credits)

AP1037 Social Psychology (5 credits)

AP1032 Lifespan Development (5 credits)

AP1104 Research Methods in Psychology I (5 credits)

AP1040 Research Design and Statistical Analysis I (5 credits)

AP1107 Methods for user centred design (5 credits)

CS1112 Foundations of Computer Science I (5 credits)

CS1113 Foundations of Computer Science II (5 credits)

CS1021 Relational Databases I (5 credits)

CS1022 Introductory to Programming & Problem-Solving (15 credits)


Year 2 Modules

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)

AP2116 Social computing (5 credits)

CS2011 Intermediate Programming (5 credits)

CS2511 Usability Engineering (5 credits)

CS2515 Algorithms and Data Structures I (5 credits)

CS2512 Authoring (5 credits)

CS2012  Web Development (5 credits)

CS2501 Database Design and Administration (5 credits)

Year 3 Modules

AP1033 Individual Differences (5 credits)

AP2049 The Psychology of Aging (5 credits)

AP3126 Health Psychology: Models and Applications (5 credits)

AP3133 Service design and evaluation (5 credits)

CS3500 Software Engineering (5 credits)

CS3033  Data Mining (5 credits)

CS3032  Mobile Multimedia (5 credits)

CS3031  Interaction design (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 AP and CS.

Detailed Entry Requirements

H5 in two subjects and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recongnised for entry purposes. Special Entry Requirements: O2/H6 in Mathematics

Mature students: Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must sit the MSAP exam. Leaving Certificate Mathematics is recommended.  Applicants may be required to attend for interview.  Approximately two places are available to mature applicants.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements

Application Procedure

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

Non-EU Applicants.

Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Course Practicalities

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.

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 12-14 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 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. Students will have the opportunity of undertaking a work placement (optional) 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. Students choosing this option would then complete the degree in a 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.

Further Contact Information

Tara Singleton

School Manager Applied Psychology

T: +353 (0)21 4904519


Derbhile Timon

Department Manager Computer Science

T: +353 (0)21 4905891


Contact us

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