Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH209

CAO Points : 498

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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Psychology is the scientific study of mental life and behaviour. It involves areas such as Brain and Behaviour, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Psychological Research Methods.

  • Students graduate with a Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accredited degree.
  • In third year students have the option of spending one semester on work placement or studying abroad, and one semester on a research internship (all subject to availability).
  • 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.
1st year
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Choose 1 other Science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Science or Experimental Physic
2nd year
  • Psychology as a Single Major subject
  • Optional 10 credit Critical Skills or Electives
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

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

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.

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.
Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
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

Mature students are 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 2021. 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 2021.
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 2021 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 2021

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, Computer Science, Physics, or Physics with Chemistry).
You might also be interested in Psychological Studies in the Bachelor of Arts degree MH101.
The Maynooth Education
Click here for details about 2nd year optional Critical Skills course, 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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