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Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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

CAO points:
Course code:
4 Years
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
Course leader:
Alan McAuliffe
Email: Tel:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

About You

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.

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.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
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  
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
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  
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
CO4220 Cooperative Placement OE4310 Study Abroad  
CO4230 Cooperative Placement 2      
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
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.

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.

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 msap-ie.acer.edu.au

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.

Careers open to you with a degree in Psychology include;

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Psychological Research

Psychology graduates go into a range of careers on graduation. Many become professional psychologists having careers in clinical, educational or occupational psychology.

Psychology graduates also pursue careers in research in universities, the public service and voluntary sector. Others use their psychology degree as a graduate basis for careers in other areas such as personnel, education and computing.

Follow-on Study

Related postgraduate courses at UL include;

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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.

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