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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

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Course code:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr. Elaine Kinsella
Email: Tel:
+353 61 233618
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

If you are the type of person who is interested in investigating the reasons behind why people feel, think and behave the way they do, and in making a difference to people’s lives, then you will find this course engaging and stimulating.

Why Study Psychology at UL?

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Over the past century, Psychologists have examined the fascinating variety of human thought and activity and now a degree in Psychology opens up many opportunities to use this knowledge to address important social issues and improve the quality of people’s lives.

Psychology spans virtually all aspects of human life and allows us seek answers to questions such as:

  • What effects do different drugs have on behaviour?
  • How do children develop a sense of self and relationships with others?
  • What effect does our mood have on our ability to remember information?
  • How can we understand mental disorders and help people cope with their illnesses?
  • When and why do people and animals help others in need?
  • What are the roots of prejudice and discrimination and what can be done to resolve intergroup conflict?

By defining and investigating these and other questions, psychologists aim to provide practical solutions to the many personal and social challenges that people face in their everyday lives. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills essential for a career in Psychology. This is an accredited course so you will be eligible to register with the Psychological Society of Ireland when you graduate.

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What you will study

This four-year honours degree in Psychology provides a broad introduction to the discipline, followed by coverage of the core areas of study required for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland, as well as allowing you to specialise in advanced areas in your final year of study. You will cover areas such as social, developmental, biological and cognitive psychology as well as personality and individual differences and research methods and statistics. You will also have an opportunity to undertake study abroad as well as work in an area relevant to psychology during your degree.

Learning how to design and conduct research is a central part of this programme. You will actively engage in laboratory classes and group research exercises throughout the course to develop research methods skills, culminating in your own final year research project. Our aim is to instil in our students a curiosity and appreciation of the many different aspects of the discipline and provide you with the critical thinking and practical research skills to study the world from a psychological perspective.

Module Electives - what are they?

Electives give you the opportunity to choose modules that you want to study.

Each Semester you will be given a choice of a number of modules and you will be asked to select a certain amount to study. This can range from 1 module to 4 modules, based on the course.

For example, you may be given a list of 4 modules, and will be asked to choose 2 to study for the upcoming semester.

Electives in Bachelor of Psychology

This honours degree in Psychology provides a broad introduction to the discipline, followed by coverage of the core areas of study required for accreditation by the Psychological Society of Ireland, as well as allowing you to specialise in advanced areas in your final year of study. In the first year of study, students are required to complete other non Psychology modules from the list of electives below.

Students must choose two electives from the following list and register for these modules in the first week of Semester 1:

SO4001 – Introduction to Sociology

This module aims to introduce students to the subject matter of contemporary sociology. It will familiarise students with the key concepts used within sociological analysis and demonstrate, using illustrative materials, the uses and importance of sociological analysis in the modern and post-modern world.


CU4121 – Introduction to New Media and Cultural Studies

The rationale and Purpose of the Module is to introduce students to the fields of cultural studies and new media and to the basic concepts underlying their study of these disciplines over the course of their programme. It will also give students the theoretical tools to analyse cultural processes and to investigate new media as cultural institutions, particularly in comparative contexts.


PA4021 – Ideas and Concepts in Public Administration

This course aims to introduce students to the ideas and concepts used in the study of Public Administration. This module provides an overview of the different principles and theoretical perspectives applied to the study of public administration and underlying recent changes in the scope and management of the public sector.


PO4011 – Introduction to Government and Politics

This module provides an introductory guide to important themes and issues related to the study of politics, such as the state, regime types, and political change and behaviour. It is intended as a practical guide to some of the main concepts and vocabulary of political science.


MA4601 – Science Mathematics 1

The purpose of the Module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of calculus and linear algebra. It also aims to develop and integrate the basic mathematical skills relevant to science.


BY4001 – Biology 1

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To introduce fundamental concepts of biological structure and function.

To provide an introductory course in cellular energetics and respiration, photosynthesis, animal physiology, and microbiology.


PO4018 – International Relations

Provides an overview of some of the theoretical debates and issues that have underpinned the study of International Relations (IR). Theoretical perspectives such as Realism, Liberalism and Structuralism will be introduced and this will allow students to apply these to the arena of world politics and to processes such as the interactions of states, the workings of International Organisation and the global economy


PM4035 – The Psychology of Work

The module aims to enable students develop knowledge and skills in psychology (both as a discipline and as a professional field) applied to work and organisations. It aims to develop knowledge and skills of understanding individuals in context, considering cognitive, emotional, motivational and behavioural responses to varying working environments and contexts. It aims to develop theoretical and applied knowledge about key psychological concepts and theories concerning, work, the workplace, and working life.


LA4068 – Crime and Criminal Justice

The Crime and Criminal Justice module aims to critically evaluate the institutions and operation of the criminal Irish justice system in comparative perspective. The module aims to introduce students to the main approaches and theories in the field of crime and criminal justice studies, and the mechanisms by which the criminal justice system responds to the incidence of crime. The module also examines the influence of the media influence on public attitudes towards crime, criminal justice processes and sentencing, criminal justice policy making, reform and anti-crime initiatives.


GE4211 – German for Beginners 1

This module is set at A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This module provides students with an introduction to the German-speaking countries as physical, cultural and political entities. This module will also provide communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) at a basic level in German through the introduction and practice of simple grammatical structures, functions and vocabulary.


SP4131 – Spanish for Beginners 1

This module is set at A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The beginners course aims to provide the student with a strong basic knowledge of Spanish and of contemporary Spain and Latin America. The course is designed to enable the student to understand and use basic structures of Spanish grammar. This module will also develop listening and speaking skills in Spanish and equip the student with basic writing skills.


  Semester 1   Semester 2
PS4031 Psychology and Everyday Life PS4032 Psychology and Social issues
PS4021 Psychology Theory & Method I PS4042 Psychology Theory and Method II
PS4041 Practical Psychology I PS4052 Practical Psychology II
  Two other non psychology modules   Two other non psychology modules
  from the following list in Semester 1   from the following list in Semester 2
SO4001 Introduction to Sociology SO4032 Introduction to Sociology 2
CU4121 Introduction to New Media and
CU4112 Language and Culture
PA4021 Ideas & Concepts in Public
PA4011 Civil and Public Service
PO4011 Introduction to Politics PO4022 Modern European Political
MA4601 Science Mathematics MA4602 Science Mathematics 2
BY4001 Biology 1 BY4002 Biology 2
PO4018 International Relations PM4022 Principles of Organizational Behaviour 
PM4035 The Psychology of Work PM4028 Psychometrics and Psychological
LA4068 Crime and Criminal Justice LA4032 Criminal Procedure
HIXXXX Early Modern Ireland HI4112 Sources for History
GE4211 German for Beginners 1 GE4212 German for Beginners 2
SP4131 Spanish for Beginners 1 SP4132 Spanish for Beginners 2

Electives as listed are offered subject to resourcing scheduling requirements and the number of registrations which may vary from year to year. No commitment is given to offering any specific elective in any year.

  Semester 3   Semester 4
SO4033 Sociology of Media PS4037 Cognition
PS4035 Biological basis of behaviour PS4012 Human Development and life span
PS4022 Psychology of Personality PS4033 Research Methods
PS4011 Social Psychology PS4047 Social Psychology II
PS4043 Empirical Psychology I PS4034 Empirical Psychology II
  Semester 5   Semester 6
CO4220 Cooperative Placement OE4310 Study Abroad
CO4230 Cooperative Placement 2    
  Semester 7   Semester 8
PS4907 Final Year Project I PS4908 Final Year Project II
PS4027 Applied Psychology    
PS4045 Advanced Research Methods    
  Two from the following list in Semester 1   Three from the following list in Semester 2
PS4087 Political Psychology PS4087 Political Psychology
PS4097 Developmental Psychopathology PS4097 Developmental Psychopathology
PS4108 Approaches to Social Identity PS4108 Approaches to Social Identity
PS4158 Psychology and Gender PS4158 Psychology and Gender
PS4138 Health Psychology PS4138 Health Psychology
PS4107 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology PS4107 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology
PS4168 Economic Psychology PS4168 Economic Psychology

Electives as listed are offered subject to resourcing scheduling requirements and the number of registrations which may vary from year to year. No commitment is given to offering any specific elective in any year.

Entry requirements

CAO points history 509
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Subject requirements
Additional considerations

Applications are especially welcome from mature students, that is those over the age of 23 on 1 January of the year of entry. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Applicants are required to undertake the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) test. There is one sitting of the test annually. Further details, including test date and test centres, are available from

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Johnson and Johnson WiSTEM2D Programme
Individual Award - a bursary to the value of €2000. Team Project Grant - €1750
1 of each
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Cooperative Education Award
1 medal per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Written and verbal communication, including report writing and presentation
  • Information technology
  • Handling of data/statistics
  • Analytical research
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
24% 12% 64% 0% 0% 25 31 2014
32% 14% 50% 5% 0% 22 24 2015
28% 5% 67% 0% 0% 21 25 2016
50% 6% 38% 0% 6% 16 25 2017
35% 6% 59% 0% 0% 17 27 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Graduates progressing directly into employment take up a wide variety of roles. The following provides a sample of initial roles listed on the Graduate Outcomes Survey by graduates approximately one year after graduation:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis Tutor
  • Cadet Irish Naval Service
  • Customer Service Adviser
  • HR and Payroll Graduate Programme
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Musician
  • Personal Assistant
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Receptionist
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • Research through practice
  • Teacher (International School)

Graduate Profile - Elayne Ahern

I was interested in the BSc. Psychology course because of the choice of electives offered to study in the first year. This allows you to explore how psychology can be applied to other disciplines such as sociology, biology, and criminal justice.

Psychology can also be easily applied to our own everyday experiences which make it so interesting to study. What I enjoy most is how I can walk away after a lecture and have a changed outlook on the world, or how people behave, and interact.

I spent my Erasmus study abroad semester at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Academically, Erasmus opens so many doors to you to explore your chosen field from all possible angles. I am studying courses like clinical psychology and neuropsychology which look to identify, diagnose, and treat mental disorders such as dyslexia or ADHD. The cultural value of Erasmus is something that you will forever remember- the people, the sights, the travelling - you will never be short of a story to tell (or a place to stay in any continent!)

Going to university is an academic milestone but also a new social experience, and there is much life outside the lecture hall with countless clubs and societies to get involved in. As Ireland’s leading university for international exchange, UL also has an excellent Co-op work placement programme and the highest graduate employment rate in the country.

Graduate Profile - Aoife Moloney

This course is excellent at giving you a good insight into all the different areas of psychology, including working in mental health, examining social issues like racism, conducting research and so much more! It really is fascinating to learn about all the different types of work you can do in psychology, and it’s helpful in trying to decide where you want to go in your career.

Another great feature of the course at UL is that in first year, you have some freedom to choose the subjects you study. Everybody has to do three core psychology modules, but aside from that you can choose from a range of subjects like biology, sociology, language and culture. It’s a really nice way of easing yourself into your studies and getting some insight into what other subjects are like too!

The co-op and Erasmus semesters were a huge selling point for me, as even before I left school I knew I wanted to travel and explore as much as I possibly could. I studied for six months at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, on an Erasmus placement. Copenhagen is such an amazing and beautiful city, and I loved every minute of my time there. As soon as I arrived, I made loads of friends from all over the world. Now I will always have a place to stay if I visit Brazil, France, Germany and even as far as Australia! Cycling is a big thing in Denmark too, and although I hadn’t owned a bike since I was ten, I was soon speeding around like a true Dane! In terms of studying, I was able to choose exactly which subjects I wanted to study, including a module on Danish Culture, which involved weekly trips to castles and museums and even the cinema! Overall, it was an incredible six months and I would recommend it to anyone!

I completed my Co-op placement at the University of Westminster in London, where I worked as a research assistant on a number of different projects. This gave me experience in conducting research and being involved in some large-scale and important research projects. It was such a fantastic experience, and taught me how everything I was learning in UL actually applied to the real world. Aside from all this, the experience of living in London for seven months was amazing in itself. You can learn so much by living in different cities, and UL really is the best university for promoting travel and exploration.

Aoife is currently studying for a Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health and Psychological Therapies) at the University of Ulster