BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

If you have a questioning attitude and good reasoning skills, you will really enjoy the world opened up by Psychology. Psychology has links to the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts, so it is likely to appeal to a wide variety of people. The course has core modules that will introduce you to major theories and research methods, and you will also have a chance to choose option modules in specialist areas of psychology (e.g. counselling, clinical psychology and forensic psychology).

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

First Year

  • Social Psychology
  • Brain & Behaviour
  • Psychology: Key skills & concepts
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introductory Research Methods
  • Perception & Cognition
  • Introduction to Applied Psychology
  • Elective module
  • Plus added optional modules

Second & Third Year

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Visual Cognition
  • Psychology Labs
  • Personality & Human Intelligence
  • Independent Research Project
  • Option modules within Psychology
  • Elective modules.

Students spend up to 20 hours per week attending lectures and tutorials. In second year, you will conduct a series of laboratory practicals, while in third year, you will carry out an independent research project under the direction of one of the academic staff.

A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used to evaluate performance.

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Third year student experience of studying Psychology at UCD.

International Study Opportunities

The School of Psychology has exchange agreements with:

  • Université Catholique de l’Ouest, France
  • Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Spain
  • Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
  • Georgetown University, Washington, USA
  • University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

The degree is recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland and, as such, provides the foundation for further graduate training in any field of psychology, as well as for a wide variety of careers, including:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Organisational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Counselling psychology
  • Health psychology.

There are also career opportunities in research alongside other social scientists, such as economists and sociologists.

Other Entry Routes

“Psychology is a three-year course, which is extended to four if you opt to study for a year abroad. Optional modules allow students to tailor their experience in UCD, focusing around the areas of Psychology that you are most interested in. Specifically, I have chosen to study Clinical, Health and Work Psychology modules. Through the course, I have developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills which are highly valued in practically all fields of work. This course has enabled me to challenge myself and take part in an educational experience that gives me a unique view of the world and the humans that inhabit it.”

Daragh Graham, Student

Contact Information

Undergraduate Office
UCD School of Psychology
Belfield, Dublin 4


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