BA Applied Psychology

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BA Applied Psychology

University College Cork
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    1st year fees
  • 533
  • Campus
  • Bachelor
  • 3 years


As a student on the BA Applied Psychology, you get a chance to engage with a wide breadth of topics. The degree follows a rich, varied and challenging curriculum, from history to neuroscience, culture to biology, from children to the elderly, from professional skills to statistical and laboratory skills. The scope of psychology can be seen in the variety of areas that staff in Applied Psychology in UCC research, which includes examining:

  • how children learn and develop
  • sensorimotor processes such as those involved in falling
  • the interpersonal processes involved in caring which may lead to healthier, experientially richer ageing
  • people’s engagement with social media and games and how technology could be designed to give people a chance for a richer life
  • adolescent health and wellbeing and how it can be improved

We aim to provide you with an education in Psychology which meets the highest world standards, while recognising our established and on-going commitment to the application and use of that knowledge.

The BA Applied Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, and graduates are eligible for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) with a Second Class Honours or above, or completion of a PSI accredited Psychology Conversion Course with an overall pass mark of 50 percent. This entitles you to apply for postgraduate training in psychology in the specific area in which you choose to specialise.

Admission Requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. 

Approximately four places are available on this course for mature students. Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the MSAP test. Some mature applicants may be shortlisted for interview. 

Courses Units

You need to complete 533 credit hours to successfully obtain this degree. Please check detail of study units at

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The Applied Psychology course is an excellent preparation and grounding for future psychologists. More than 90% of our graduates are in employment in a field of psychology or are in postgraduate training.

Some of the unique aspects of our course include:

  • course is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, recognised by the British Psychological Society, and widely accepted internationally
  • strong, internationally recognised research by staff
  • staff are committed to and engaged in mentoring psychology undergraduates
  • committed to supporting work experience among students
  • graduates can progress to a wide variety of postgraduate training, in Cork and beyond.

Career Opportunities

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