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What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and how it functions affect human behavior. Students interested in careers in psychology will study conscious and unconscious human behavior. 

What 3rd Level Courses are Available?

  • Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas:
    • Ecology – the study of the relationship between living things, including humans, and their environment.
    • Environmental Science – the study of how to solve environmental problems using biology, Psychology, and ecology.
    • Biology – the study of life and living things.

Studying Psychology in College

Most first year study involves an overview of the subject. This will offer students an introduction to the foundational principles of Psychology including neuropathology, behavioral analysis, and case studies.

In subsequent years of study, students will combine practical work, written exams, and laboratory work as benchmark assessments of their course progression. 

Most undergraduate Psychology courses run for three or four years and in certain cases universities will facilitate work experience. 

It is common with all science-based subjects that students are expected to engage in a high number of contact hours with lecturers and tutors, ensuring their successful completion of a rigorous curriculum and preparing them for careers in Psychology after university.

A bachelor’s degree is adequate for some non-research jobs. For example, graduates with a bachelor’s degree may start working as researchers, psychologists, and educators.

Career Options

Graduating from college with a degree in Psychology will serve you well as it equips you with a unique and marketable skill set. A science degree teaches students to think critically and creatively as well as equipping them with invaluable problem solving and communication skills. 

Many recent graduates have gone into ‘entry-level’ careers in Psychology working as technicians, researchers, and project managers. 

Other careers in Psychology that require a higher degree of responsibility will typically require further education, training and/or experience to qualify for, eg teaching, research and consulting positions.

 Related jobs include:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Career Adviser
  • Psychotherapist
  • Education Consultant
  • Life Coach
  • Market Researcher
  • Neuroscientist
  • Social Researcher

Further study

An undergraduate Psychology degree is often the first step to go onto further postgraduate study often involving specialization in particular fields and areas of Psychology and/or undertaking work in new, sometimes interdisciplinary fields. 

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  • What points do I need to study Psychology?
    • Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always best that you check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
    • Many universities also require a Leaving Cert grade O2/H6 in Mathematics, O2/H6 in Laboratory Science, and O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognized subjects. 
  • Are there any particular qualities you need to study Psychology?
    • Students interested in careers in Psychology will need to enjoy math and science as well as their application in the real world. They will need to be innovative, creative, and collaborative as well as being able to communicate their own ideas and opinions. 
  • Where can I study Psychology?
    • Explore your options here

Did You Know?

  • Friendships formed between the ages of 16 and 28 are more likely to be robust and longlasting!
  • Generally, men are not funnier than women, they just make more jokes and care less about whether the jokes are actually funny or not. 
  • Woman have twice as many pain receptors, but have also been proven to have a higher pain tolerance than men. 


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