Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH106

CAO Points : 473

Closing Date : 01 July 2019

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Psychology is the scientific study of human mental life and behaviour. It involves areas such as Brain and Behaviour, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Psychological Research Methods. The degree covers all the major theories of psychology, as well as research methods and statistics for psychological data analysis.

> Students graduate with a Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accredited degree.
> You will study Psychology along with two Arts subjects in first year, concentrating on Psychology only in second and third year.
> You will study the human mind and behaviours with the rigours of scientific testing.
> You will use research methods including observation, measurement, hypothesis testing, experimentation, logical inference and statistical analysis.
> If your ambition is to have a career as a professional psychologist, you will be interested in the variety of career paths are available, both within and outside psychology that an accredited Psychology degree opens up.

A year of study is 60 credits.
1st year
  • Psychology plus 2 Arts subjects (or Critical Skills) in 1st year – choose from groups 1, 3, 4, 5 (maximum one per group)
2nd & 3rd year
  • You will concentrate on Psychology in 2nd and 3rd year 
  • At the end of 1st year, students who do not wish to continue with MH106 have the option of continuing in MH101 with their other 2 Arts subjects, or with Psychological Studies and another subject as a Double Major

Students may apply to study overseas after 2nd year (on Erasmus or Study Abroad) and graduate with a BA (International) after 4 years. See the International Studies website for details.

Course Duration: 3 years (BA) or 4 years (BA International)

Psychology - Andrew Coogan - Maynooth University

Head of Department

Department of Psychology

Department of ALL Institute

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.

A variety of career paths are available, both within and outside psychology: if your ambition is a career as a professional psychologist, an undergraduate degree is the first stage in professional training that will require an additional two to six years of study and supervised experience.
  • Clinical Psychologists - working in healthcare settings
  • Educational Psychologists - working in schools
  • Organisational Psychologists - working in business and work settings
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language Yes O6 H7
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application. Written assessment. Candidates are shortlisted for interview on the basis of written assessment.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2019. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2019.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

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 15 March 2019 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2019

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, 3rd language.
You might also be interested in Psychological Studies in the Bachelor of Arts degree MH101.
New Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students


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