BA (Hons) in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Psychology

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        390 - 600
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

The BA (Hons) in Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

What is the BA (Hons) in Psychology?

This interdisciplinary three year degree course in Psychology offers students the opportunity to follow a major course in psychology alongside minor study in an associate humanities discipline. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. As such, the mission of the BA (Honours) in Psychology is to help students learn to think like psychologists. To achieve this goal, students generate and evaluate empirical evidence while considering theoretical perspectives of the discipline.
Students actively engage with a rigorous academic program that includes comprehensive coursework and student research. The structure andcontent of the degree will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour for a dynamic and fast changing world. Students who undertake the BA (Hons) in Psychology will have to be capable of studying across a wide range of disciplines, including Statistics.

Arts Subjects

Students will study Psychology as their Major Subject in Year 1 in addition to taking two Minor Subjects from associate humanities disciplines. These Minor Subjects must be chosen from Groups 1, 2 or 3 of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) course, but not more than one subject can be taken from each group. Please see for details.

On successful completion of year one, students will continue with their Major Subject, Psychology, and choose one of their two Minor Subjects to study in years two and three of the course.

BA (Hons) International in Psychology

The BA (Hons) International in Psychology is a four-year version of the BA (Hons) in Psychology course. Admission takes place in second year and students spend their third year studying at an approved partner university or third level institution abroad, before returning to complete their final year at WIT.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Biological Psychology
History of Psychology Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Statistical Analysis and DesignIntroduction to Cognition & Perception
Critical and Creative ThinkingIntroduction to Research Methods
Minor Subject 1 Module 1Minor Subject 1 Module 2
Minor Subject 2 Module 1Minor Subject 2 Module 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Advanced Cognitive PsychologyAbnormal Psychology
Individual Differences Introduction to Social Psychology
Intermediate Statistical Analysis & DesignAdvanced Statistical Analysis & Design
Applied Research MethodsPsychology Laboratories
Minor Subject Module 3Minor Subject Module 5
Minor Subject Module 4Minor Subject Module 6
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Advanced Social PsychologyCounselling Psychology
Psychology & CrimeOrganisational Psychology
Clinical & Experimental Neuropsychology Dissertation: Health Psychology Dissertation
Psychology 1Psychology 2
Minor Subject Module 7Minor Subject Module 9
Minor Subject Module 8Minor Subject Module 10

Leaving Certificate 2019:

Minimum entry requirements for BA (Hons) in Psychology 

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O4/H7

Language Recommendations for BA (Hons) in Psychology 

  • Applicants intending to choose PLC French: a grade of H5, or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate French is required.
  • Applicants intending to choose PLC German: a grade H5, or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate German in required.
  • Applicants intending to choose PLC  Irish: a grade of H5, or equivalent, in Leaving Certificate Irish is required.
  • For all ab initio languages (those starting a language as a beginner) there are no special requirements.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for BA (Hons) in Psychology:

This course develops multi-skilled individuals with a wide range of transferable skills and provides industry with graduates who are capable of strategically managing all aspects of their environment. A graduate of the BA (Hons) in Psychology will be an enthusiastic and confident practitioner, comfortable with their ability to learn, and able to adapt to an ever-changing society. They will be ready to embark on a challenging and rewarding career in a variety of differing employment positions.

Follow on Study  for BA (Hons) in Psychology graduates

Masters degrees by Research at WIT or elsewhere as well as various other taught postgraduate programmes.

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