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
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Apply to the CAO before 1st February 2016. Click here for updates on mature student application closing dates.
Admission is based on your application and/or interview. Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of an entrance test.
Mature student applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2016 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
LC applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate including 2HC3 and 4OD3/4HD3.
|How to apply|
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong.
As a Single Major BA degree, Psychology is taken with two other subjects in first year.
First year students can take our new Critical Skills course as one of their 15 credit options. Click here for more about Critical Skills.
You will concentrate on Psychology in second and third year. At the end of first year, if you do not wish to continue with the specialised degree in Psychology you have the option of continuing with your other two Arts subjects in second year, or you may take Psychological Studies and another subject as a Double Major.
Students may avail of the opportunity to study abroad for third year, returning to Maynooth to complete their studies in fourth year. Erasmus or Study Abroad options are available. This would result in the awarding of a BA International degree. Contact the Psychology Department's International Coordinator for more details.
Duration: 3 years (BA) or 4 years (BA International)
|Career and postgraduate options|
The BA Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland. For those who wish to become professional psychologists, the undergraduate degree is only the first stage in professional training that will require an additional two to six years of study and supervised experience.
One of the greatest strengths of a Psychology degree is the variety of career paths that are available to graduates, both within psychology and also outside of the discipline.
If your ambition is a career as a professional psychologist, an undergraduate degree is the first stage in professional training that will require an additional two to six years of study and supervised experience.
Examples of psychologists at work include: clinical
psychologists - working in healthcare settings, educational
psychologists - working in schools and organisational
psychologists - working in business and work settings.
For students who take Psychological Studies as a Double Major subject in the BA Double Major programme, what you learn about key aspects of human behaviour will equip you for work in a large range of professions, where your insight into human behaviour and critical analysis will be highly valued.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site