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Psychology

B.A. ; 4 years ; 31 places ; CAO points: 554 (2017) ; CAO code: TR006

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Psychology, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1886

    psychology@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/psychology

    What is Psychology?

    Psychology is the study of human behaviour and mental processes. It includes topics such as infant and child development, perception, learning, motivation, cognitive processes (like memory and problem solving), individual differences and social psychology, and has many of the features of a science course, such as practical work, statistical description and analysis of data and courses on the underlying physiology of the human brain.

    Psychology: The course for you?

    The School of Psychology aims to offer a knowledge base and a set of skills that not only equip students for the many careers that exist in psychology, but also prepare students intellectually for other careers. Psychology is a branch of science that demands clear, rigorous thinking, numeracy and the ability to define, study and solve problems in complex, changing settings. It is also an applied science that deals with how people act and behave in the real world and provides support for people in their social life and work, for example, through clinical and counselling interventions. If you are interested in the factors influencing human thinking, feeling and behaviour you will enjoy this course.

    Psychology @ Trinity

    Trinity’s School of Psychology is ranked in the world top 100 universities for Psychology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. As well as offering high-quality teaching, the school collaborates with a number of other disciplines through the Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience, the Trinity Centre for Global Health, and the Trinity Centre for Innovative Human Systems. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in our ongoing research, particularly in the third and fourth years of their studies. The Single Honours degree confers eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland and provide the basis for entry to postgraduate programmes, such as those in clinical psychology and counselling psychology.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Many psychology graduates proceed to a career in professional psychology through professional training. The School of Psychology itself offers a range of postgraduate programmes including professional doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology, Masters courses in Applied Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis and Clinical Supervision, as well as online postgraduate qualifications in Managing Risk and System Change, the M.Phil/PGrad.Dip Psychoanalytic Studies and research M.Sc. and PhD degrees. However, the advanced understanding of human behaviour and experience and the wide range of skills developed during the course have allowed students to enter many professions, ranging from management, marketing, advertising and accountancy, to journalism, broadcast media, teaching and recruitment. Seminars about career development will be provided by the school during the course of your degree.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    The course is designed to develop a wide knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and research methods of contemporary psychology; to develop skills of analysis and synthesis, research design, statistical description and evaluation, problem-solving and computer use; to provide practice in the design, execution, reporting and assessment of research and to develop competence in group work, communication and presentation skills and self-assessment. This preparation is designed to cultivate a high level of competence in scholarship and research, enabling the successful graduate to proceed directly to advanced postgraduate work, professional training or a productive career.

    During the lecture term, Single Honours students spend approximately 10-12 hours per week receiving tuition such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals.

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    The first and second years of the Single Honours programme provide a broad foundation on which more advanced course work is built in the third and fourth years. In addition, modules in methodology and statistics enable students to develop their research skills in a systematic fashion. Training in academic skills enables you to build the skills required to write essays, to develop an attitude of scepticism and to develop independent, critical thinking.

    As a first and second year student, you will take foundation-level modules in a range of areas such as: Foundations in Psychology; Social Psychology; Perception; Psychological Disorder; Developmental Psychology; Cognition and the Brain, the Psychology of Language; Thinking; Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Behaviour; Evolutionary Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences; Research methods and Statistical Analysis.

    You will also be given the opportunity to take modules from other programmes across the university.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    By third year you will have identified areas within psychology that are of particular interest to you and you will have the opportunity to develop these interests throughout third and fourth year, by choosing modules from a series of advanced options. On completion of the course, students must have taken at least one module from each of the five specified thematic areas (Biological, Social, Developmental, Cognitive, and Personality and Individual Differences). The type of modules which have been offered within each of these areas include:

    Biological

    • Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Preclinical and Clinical Models of Neuropsychiatric and Neurological Disorders
    • The Brain Throughout the Lifespan
    • Case studies in Neuropsychology
    • Making Sense of Action

    Social

    • Social Neuroscience
    • Advanced Psychology of Language
    • Moral Development in Childhood
    • Human Factors and Organisational Factors
    • Social Psychology and Discourse

    Developmental

    • Child Development in Changing Family Contexts
    • Applied Issues in Developmental Psychology
    • Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
    • Child Health and Well-being

    Cognitive

    • Human Reasoning
    • Creative Cognition
    • Development of Perception Throughout the Lifespan
    • Perceptual Neuroscience

    Personality and individual differences

    • Health Psychology
    • Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
    • Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disabilities

    In fourth year a large part of your workload involves carrying out an independent Capstone research project under the supervision of a member of staff. Many students report that this project, while challenging, is one of the most rewarding parts of the course.

    ASSESSMENT

    A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In your final year, you will also undertake a Capstone research project.

    CAPSTONE 

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project – an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    Study abroad opportunities

    Second and third year undergraduates are eligible to apply to study for one or more semesters (usually a whole academic year) in certain other European psychology schools, with travel, and, where appropriate, some subsistence funding provided by the EU Erasmus fund. There are no basic course charges to be paid abroad. Assessment is carried out in the host (i.e., international) institution and is accepted by Trinity as if students were examined here. The School of Psychology has bilateral agreements with several European universities, including the University of Helsinki, Freie Universität Berlin, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Université Paris V.

     
     

    Lisa Gannon – Final year Single Honours Psychology student from Roscommon.

    “As a psychology student I have gained fascinating insights into the enigmatic human mind and the peculiarities of human behaviour. The diverse and comprehensive range of modules offered in psychology as well as the vast array of helpful resources made available by the department have equipped me with a rich theoretical understanding of the human psyche and an aptitude for critical thought. I hope to use the knowledge and skill I have gained through studying psychology to make a positive and valuable contribution to society. Psychology has not only prepared me for my future career, it has prepared me for life.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    554 (2017)

    Number of Places

    31

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR006

    Minimum entry points required are 554 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

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    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Psychology, 4 years, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1886

    psychology@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.tcd.ie/psychology