Psychology is the fascinating study of the human mind and seeks to understand how we think, act and feel. In this degree you will look at compelling questions such as: What shapes our personality? How do children develop and learn? What influences our well-being? Why do we sometimes forget things? What gives some teams an edge over others?
The psychology degree at NCI will set you on an amazing journey of discovery. It will also equip you for a range of careers. Your degree could see you eventually working in a number of clinical and psychological settings, or alternatively in business areas such as marketing, management and human resources, in sports, education, and social work among others. It is a degree that gives you a variety of career choices and the option of further postgraduate study.
Our psychology degree is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The PSI is the professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland with accreditation enabling honours graduates of our degree to pursue further professional training in psychology.
Working with our dedicated and experienced psychology faculty, you will gain a solid grounding in the core areas of psychology including cognitive psychology, personality and individual differences, lifespan development, social psychology, research methods and biological psychology, as well as specialised topics such as workplace psychology, criminal psychology and cyberpsychology.
You will cover all the major theoretical perspectives including those of Freud, Jung and Pavlov, and will be encouraged to apply these theories to the world around you through an interesting range of projects and assignments. Studying psychology will take you through some of the darker and the dazzling aspects of the human condition. This degree will give you an excellent broad knowledge in psychology and the ability to later specialise in the areas you most enjoy.
As a graduate of this course you will:
NCI’s psychology course has been accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). This approval enables graduates to apply for professional postgraduate courses in such specialisms as clinical, educational, occupational and counselling psychology. If you have an interest in human behaviour and wish to open up a range of careers then this course will be tremendously rewarding and valuable.
The course will appeal to students who are curious about the human mind and who wish to work in a variety of related fields.
For information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
On completion you will receive a QQI BA (Honours) Degree in Psychology at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications, accredited by PSI.
Upon successful completion of the BA (Hons) in Psychology, graduates who have acquired the appropriate entry requirements can apply to progress to postgraduate programmes at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications such as the MA in HRM or MSc programmes at National College of Ireland, as well as clinical, educational, occupational and counselling psychology at other venues.
Typically applicants will have completed a full level 5 award with applicants considered based on relevant work and other experience. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, the College recommends the following laptop requirements for incoming students:
Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)
Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum
Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)
Direct X9 or later
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro
The degree is recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland and therefore allows graduates to apply for further graduate training within psychology in areas including:
Completion of the degree will also facilitate graduates in entering many other professions including human resources, recruitment, management, consultancy and marketing.
Two evenings per week and some Saturday workshops in year 4.
Please note that exams can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This course runs over 4 years; 2 semesters of 13 weeks each per year.
The fee for this course is €4,000 per annum (fees revised annually).
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.