Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH209

CAO Points : 463

Closing Date : 01 July 2018

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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.
  • Our Psychology degrees are accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and involve studying the human mind and behaviours in the context of scientific testing. Students learn to use research methods including observation, measurement, hypothesis testing, experimentation, logical inference and statistical analysis, and they do so in an encouraging and supportive environment. Our students gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology as a discipline, receiving a wide introduction before moving on to a steadily increasing depth of core concepts and theories.
  • You also have the opportunity to study abroad. BSc Psychology through Science students are able to spend one semester on work placement (subject to availability) and one semester on a research internship. Practical research assignments will build your skills in team working, laboratory techniques and the use of statistical and research methodologies, which are highly valued in many areas of employment.
1st year
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Choose 1 other subject or Critical Skills
2nd year
  • Psychology as a Single Major subject
3rd year
  • 1 semester on work placement (subject to availability) or studying abroad and 1 semester on a research internship
4th year
  • Psychology studied as a Single Major subject
Course Duration: 4 years

Psychology - Andrew Coogan - Maynooth University

Head of Department

Department of Psychology

Department of ALL Institute

The BSc Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland. 

One of the greatest strengths of a psychology degree is the variety of career paths that are available to graduates, both within psychology and also outside of the discipline. 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.

Examples of psychologists at work include: clinical psychologists - working in healthcare settings, educational psychologists - working in schools and 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 No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science Yes O6 H7

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.
O4/H7 Leaving Certificate Mathematics OR EQUIVALENT required.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. 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 2018.
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 1 March 2018 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 2018

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7 and O6/H7 in Irish, English, O4/H7 Mathematics & O6/H7 in a Science subject (i.e. Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
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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