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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

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.

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What you will study

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation is the official recognition of the degree by the professional psychological body in Ireland - the Psychological Society of Ireland - PSI.  Your degree must be accredited to allow you to pursue a career as a professional Psychologist.  Both the BSc and the BA are fully accredited by the PSI.   

Psychology has many subdisciplines, including developmental, biological, cognitive, personality and social psychology.  You will take modules in all of these areas and, in addition, from the start of the programme you will undertake research methods training in the form of laboratory classes, statistics and group work. By the end of your programme you will be able to undertake a piece of independent research in a topic of your choosing under the supervision of a member of staff. Programme structures for the B.Sc. and the B.A. are below.

Both degree programmes are four years long. Each term, students take five modules with associated tutorials, labs and coursework.  The subject matter is interesting and varied and although the course is demanding, students find it engaging and rewarding. 

During the degree students have the opportunity to spend six months in a 'co-op' work placement related to psychology. Previous placements have been in healthcare, research and overseas teaching in numerous countries across the globe.  The 'exchange' programme is a further six months spent in another university abroad.  While many students spend this in Europe, others travel to other parts of the world including the US and Canada.  During this placement students are encouraged to take classes in psychology, though their choice of subjects is much wider than this.  

Psychology is a broad subject, involving elements of biology and physiology, mathematics and statistics as well as sociology and philosophy.  However (other than the basic entry requirements for the course) we do not expect students to have taken particular subjects at Leaving Certificate level.  All the course material will be taught from first principles and covered exhaustively within the course.

Look at the careers open to psychologists and ask your guidance counsellor for further information.  Careers in psychology are varied, from Clinical and Counselling Psychology to Health Psychology, Educational Psychology and careers in psychological research.  Even if you do not want to pursue a career in psychology, bear in mind that a degree in psychology is very marketable and will provide you with transferable skills which employers will be keen to recruit.  The Psychological Society of Ireland offer Psychology Career Guidance.

Lectures on some modules will be open to other degree pathways.  However, methods classes and practical laboratory classes will be for psychology students only.

Mature applicants (over 23 years of age at application) apply directly through the CAO. Applications for the mature places on this course are judged on the basis of applicants' readiness to undertake a psychology degree. Previous life and work experience are considered, as is personal suitability for the course. Having some understanding of the subject and a clear career goal would also be an advantage. More information about mature and Access student applications can be found at the Admissions Office webpage. In general, six places on each course are reserved for mature and access students.

Mature student applicants relevant work experience:

Mature applicants are asked to write a short essay demonstrating 'readiness to study for a psychology degree.' Previous life or work experience will likely be relevant. In terms of previous work experience, very few applicants will have worked in a directly relevant area (as they usually need a psychology degree for this first). We look for the applicant to make a case for the relevance of their experience to the study of psychology. We wouldn't discourage anyone from applying if they haven't any directly relevant work experience, but we do encourage them to think about how they might present this in their application.

Entry requirements

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.

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€2,558
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€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€2,558
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€12,178
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 this course

Title Award Scholarships available
The Noel Ryan Scholarship
€2,000 per year for 4 years
1 per year

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

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