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?
As a student, you will begin to explore issues such as these, learning to support an argument with the rigours of scientific testing. Indeed, the main aim of the undergraduate programme is to encourage the objectivity and detachment needed to study psychology as a science. You will learn to use research methods including observation, measurement, hypothesis testing, experimentation and logical inference. You will also learn to use statistical analysis and develop writing and communication skills.
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature student applicants must fill out the NUI Maynooth Mature Student Application Form.
It is essential that you also apply to the CAO.
Both applications must be received before 1 February 2014. 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. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports from the Access Office website.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1.
|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 Honours 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.
We also offer Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree (MH101) and a Bachelor of Science Psychology degree (MH209).
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