Psychology is the science of human behaviour and experience. Psychologists attempt to explain emotions, thoughts and behaviour. Some devote themselves to practical issues, such as: How should parents deal with their child's temper tantrums? Why do some students do better in exams than others? How can you help someone to overcome a fear of public speaking? Other psychologists focus on more theoretical questions, such as: Can apes learn to use human language? Are serial killers born or made? How are memories stored in the brain?
During your undergraduate programme at Maynooth University, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology as a discipline, receiving wide introductory-level coverage, and a steadily increasing depth of core concepts and theories. In final year, students will also have the opportunity to specialise in more specific areas of contemporary psychology.
Emphasis is put on developing oral and written communication, literacy, information retrieval and critical thinking, in addition to specialist skills related to psychological research. The high workload of practical research assignments will build students’ skills in team-working, laboratory techniques and the use of statistical and research methodologies.
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Apply to the CAO before 1st February.
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 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3.
|How to apply|
How to Apply
We welcome over 2,000 undergraduate students to our University each year:
School-leavers who have completed the Leaving Certificate
Mature students returning to education
EU/EFTA students who want to study in Ireland
International students from countries outside the EU
FETAC or BTEC major award recipients.
The application process to our undergraduate degree programmes depends on the category to which you belong. Please visit "How to Apply" for further details.
If you are unsure about anything, just contact us. We are happy to help.
As a Single Major BA degree, Psychology is taken with two other subjects in first year. This is a three-year degree.
Students take Psychology only in second and third year.
At the end of first year, students who do not wish to proceed with the specialised degree in Psychology have the option to continue their two other Arts subjects to degree level.
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. See the International Office website for more information.
Duration: 3 years (BA) or 4 years (BA International)
|Cannot be combined with|
Business, Greek, History
|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.
As a psychologist, a wide range of career opportunities are available.
Students who do not wish to pursue a career as a professional psychologist will benefit from the scientific rigour of the degree, along with developing research and communication skills. Many other professions including marketing, sales, community services, public policy and administration, call for these skills.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site