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NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Entry Route: Bachelor of Arts - LM002

Course code:
LM002 - Arts (Common Entry)
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr James Carr
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213578

Tel: 00 353 61 202015

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 to 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.

Note 1: Students opting to study Psychology on the BA Arts are not eligible to register with the Psychological Society of Ireland. In order to register with the Psychological Society of Ireland, graduates of Psychology from the BA Arts will be required to undertake a Master of Arts in Psychology. This is a full-time 1-year conversion course.

Note 2: Places on psychology within LM002 are limited in year 1. Progress to continue studying psychology in part two of LM002 (from Year Two onward) will be competitive as there are limited places and progression will be decided on the basis of Autumn Semester Year 1 performance.

Psychology Joint Honours Pathway

Modules are subject to change.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2
PS4031 Psychology and Everyday Life PS4032 Psychology and Social Issues
Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4
PS4021 Psychology: Theory and Method 1   Cooperative Education Placement
PS4041 Practical Psychology 1    
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6
  External Academic Placement PS4042 Psychology: Theory and Method 2
    PS4052 Practical Psychology 2
Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8
PS4022 Psychology of the Personality PS4037 Cognition 1
PS4027 Applied Psychology PS4047 Social Psychology 2


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.

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.

*Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.

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

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.

Follow-On Study

MA in Psychology