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Faculty of Science and Health


BSc (Honours) in Psychology

  • CAO CodeDC208
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 500
  • Duration 4 Years

Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and 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 they do, they all approach the study of behaviour in a scientific way. DCU’s BSc in Psychology, offered through the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). This ensures that the course meets the highest standards for undergraduate pre-professional training in psychology. 

Why do this course?

  • World-class psychology programme delivered by a dynamic research-active lecturing team from across three separate Faculties
  • Immersion in psychology as the main focus of study throughout all four years of the programme
  • Small class sizes that allow for individual attention from highly committed staff
  • Innovative teaching methodologies and high levels of technical expertise and support
  • Student-centred learning philosophy that places a major emphasis on gaining digital and transferrable skills
  • An integrated and credited work placement in Year 3 of the programme
  • High quality research laboratories and research skills training supports

Student Voice

I graduated DCU in 2000 with an honours degree in Business Studies and the combination of the quality of education with the INTRA work placement meant I went on to work in some of the top global companies. This meant that DCU was my first choice when I decided to return to university as a mature student to study Psychology. Being a Bachelor of Science it is more focused on the science of psychology ... In addition to the highest quality of teaching and supports, DCU arrange work placements for 14 weeks …to ensure students can apply their learning in real-life. DCU also offers psychology students a number of summer studentships on various research projects, of which I was awarded for three years working as part of a research team. This coupled with my 14 week INTRA work placement as a research assistant was invaluable in providing me with the skills and experience to progress onto a research PhD which I am now starting at DCU. The overall experience has been fantastic; I would highly recommend Psychology in DCU to everyone. When I graduate with my PhD I will have spent 11 years studying at DCU and to date I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Orla Mooney, PhD Candidate in Psychology

About the course

DCU's BSc in Psychology 4-year programme is structured to cover introductory to advanced levels of psychology across the five core pillars of undergraduate training: developmental and lifespan psychology; biological psychology and neuropsychology; social psychology; cognitive psychology and the psychology of individual difference. A core focus running throughout the programme is research literacy supported by a combination of practical and online laboratory activities.  

The Psychology degree’s core subjects include research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, cognitive psychology, developmental and lifespan psychology, biological bases of behaviour, social psychology, personality and individual differences, educational psychology, sports psychology, health psychology and organisational psychology. In addition to the core subjects, you can also choose from a range of optional modules from a variety of discipline areas.

This degree places particular emphasis on the application of psychology. For example, you’ll participate in experimental, practical, survey and observational work. This will allow the development of expertise in practical-based psychological methods while deepening your understanding of the theoretical knowledge you are acquiring. You’ll undertake an independent research project in Year Four, which will give you the opportunity to use these valuable skills.

Given our extensive networks with partner hospitals/clinics, schools, industry and researchers, we are the first to lead out in credited undergraduate psychology internships - our Year 3 INTRA programme - in various fields including clinical and behavioural neuroscience; organisational and corporate psychology; applied behavior analysis etc. Our programme covers an exciting range of applied subjects (e.g. health psychology, educational psychology, organizational psychology, clinical neuropsychology and sports psychology) and offers cutting edge options (e.g. Disability and Illness, Law and Neuroscience, Crime and Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis and Psychopharmacology).

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Course Life

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.


Most students study psychology because they aim to pursue a career as a psychologist. However, others choose to study psychology because it offers a broad training in a behavioural science, it develops a wide range of valued transferrable skills and it can be used as a stepping stone into several other careers. Studying with us at DCU Psychology opens up a wide range of postgraduate training and career opportunities. With further professional education and training, one can work as a psychologist in professional settings such as clinical, counselling, organisational, health, educational, sport, forensic or academic settings.


Psychology graduates can also work as: 

  • Management
  • Researcher
  • Statistical Analysis

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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

Minimum of O4 or H6 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 D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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.

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

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 by clicking here