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Undergraduate BA PSYCHOLOGY

Award Type and NFQ Level: UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)
Course code: PSY
CAO/PAC code: MH106
Points: 505
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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.
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