School of Psychology

Psychology and Mathematics

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Develop numeracy, analytic and problem-solving skills to further the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour.

The BSc in Psychology and Mathematics is the first course in Ireland to integrate these subjects for students interested in a career that combines the interpretation of human behaviour with high-level numeracy, analytical and problem-solving skills.

DCU is uniquely positioned to offer this course, building on core strengths in both disciplines. ‘Psychology’ is concerned with all aspects of behaviour, including the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

While psychologists differ in their interests within the field of psychology and in the type of work that they do, they all approach the study of psychology in a scientific way. ‘Mathematics’ is key to understanding the modern world and mathematical training develops both specific numeracy skills and broad analytical expertise, which are valued in many professions.

The course provides the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of each discipline alongside a broad critical perspective on key areas of contemporary society. It is designed to develop a diverse set of transferable skills including an understanding of human behaviour, critical thinking, problem-solving, research methods, communication, and the ability to disseminate findings to varied audiences; skills increasingly demanded by national and international employers.

This course is for you if you have an interest in human behaviour and an aptitude for high-level mathematics and scientific inquiry. You should possess very good verbal, written and interpersonal skills, be flexible, hard-working, creative, with an enquiring mind and the ability to think critically.

The four-year BSc in Psychology and Mathematics course is structured to cover introductory to advanced levels of Psychology across the five pillars of undergraduate training: development and lifespan psychology; biological psychology and neuropsychology; social psychology; cognitive psychology and the psychology of individual difference; in combination with introductory to advanced levels of Mathematics including calculus, probability, computing, statistics and data analysis.

Research literacy is a core focus of the course and it is supported by a combination of practical and online laboratory activities. The course covers an existing range of applied subjects (e.g. Psychological Assessment and Measurement, Social Psychology and Contemporary Issues, Coding and Cryptography and Deep Learning) and offers cutting-edge options specifically designed for this course.

Thanks to our extensive networks with industry, business, partner hospital/ clinics, schools and researchers, we are the first to have established integrated credited undergraduate Psychology and Mathematics internships. Our Year 3 (INTRA) work placements can be in various fields including clinical, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience; financial and health-related industries, organisational and corporate psychology; and applied behaviour analysis.

In Year 4 the course offers the exciting opportunity to conduct an independent final-year research project combining psychological and mathematical tools and techniques to address a contemporary real-world psychological question.

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We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

Exceptional Facilities

DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment

Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

The BSc in Psychology and Mathematics course has been developed in line with pre-professional Psychological Society of Ireland accreditation principles and is currently pending confirmation of PSI accreditation.

Graduates of this course will be well placed to undertake further studies and research in Psychology and Mathematics. The course also provides a pathway to a postgraduate qualification in teaching.

Future careers include:

  • Market/Sales Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Business Consultancy
  • Research
  • Statistical Analysis 



General Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H3 in Mathematics

Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of H3 in Mathematics

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level B Mathematics

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

EU Transfer Applications

No Entry Path

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€7,295 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

EU Transfer Applicants

There is no entry path for transfer applicants to this programme. 

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form R10 by clicking here