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Undergraduate BA PSYCHOLOGY

Award Type and NFQ Level: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
Course code: PSY
CAO/PAC code: MH106
Points: 500
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Psychology is the scientific study of human mental life and behaviour. Since its establishment in 1999, the Department of Psychology has expanded steadily into a vibrant and internationally-recognised centre of high quality teaching and research.

The BA in Psychology is designed for students who want to specialise in Psychology for a 3 year BA programme. The degree covers all the major theories of psychology, as well as research methods and statistics for psychological data analysis.
You will cover areas such as Brain and Behaviour, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology. In these areas you will learn about topics such as: how psychology can help us understand and improve mental health; how children develop language; how the brain interprets the world around us; the factors affecting friendship and attraction between people; what are dreams and do they really have any meaning; what is intelligence, how we can measure it and what factors influence it?
You will also learn about the role of experiment and observation in psychology, and conduct an independent research project in the final year of your degree. Aside from specialist knowledge, you will acquire high level transferable skills relating to critical thinking and analysis, communication, presentation and team work – all highly valued in the workforce.
You will also have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad, if you choose, and graduate with a BA International (Psychology).
Choose this option if you are interested in
  • obtaining a degree accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, which will open the door to a wide range of careers;
  • studying the human mind and behaviours with the rigours of scientific testing;
  • developing a set of core written, organisational and communication skills;
  • learning to use research methods including observation, measurement, hypothesis testing, experimentation, logical inference and statistical analysis.
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