Applied Psychology

Applied Psychology

Course Overview

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    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This new Psychology degree is being offered from September 2018. Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. It examines how we think, feel, act and interact with other people. It examines questions such as: What makes each person unique? How can we communicate so that others understand us better? How can we make teams work efficiently? How can we help people to overcome anxiety? How can we make our dreams become a reality? If you are interested in similar types of questions, then this course is likely to be relevant to you.

The course will be relevant to anyone wishing to pursue a longer-term career in psychology. It is also an ideal stepping stone to post-graduate study either within psychology or in other areas of social science.

You will develop skills in research, problem-solving, critical thinking and analysis, communication and professional development. Crucially, this course also provides an opportunity to gain experience in a work-related setting.

What will I experience?

The BSc (Honours) in Applied Psychology at AIT is an ideal programme for learners who are interested in a thorough and comprehensive course in applied psychology and for those who wish to study in a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment.

In the course of your study at AIT, you will experience:

• A thorough grounding in all core aspects of psychology including cognitive, social, developmental, biological and personality psychology.

• As you progress through the four years, you will gain experience of specialised and applied areas within psychology including health psychology, sport psychology, issues in mental health and disability, human-computer interaction.

• Training in interpersonal communication and professional development will be invaluable in work settings and in your own personal life.

• An opportunity in year 3 to gain experience in a work-based setting.

• Small class sizes allowing for individual attention from lecturers and ample opportunities for discussion and collaboration with other class members.

• Enthusiastic lecturers who are committed to teaching and learning

• A friendly and vibrant campus community and the opportunity to join various social clubs and societies.

What opportunities might it lead to?

A degree in Psychology can lead to a comprehensive list of careers including roles in clinical psychology, counselling, education, health, forensics, sport, HR Management, and Business. The broader skills learned – such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research and project management skills – are also desirable for employers in a wide range of sectors

Graduates who decide not to continue further training in psychology will find that a primary degree in psychology is a valuable qualification. It combines high levels of literacy and numeracy, experience in working both individually and within teams, as well as analysing data and carrying out research.

Additional Information

Work placement

In Year 3, the Collaborative Learning module is designed to enable you to gain experience in a work related setting. In this module, you will spend one day per week collaborating with a service provider in a relevant work setting.

Industry links

One of the unique features of this new programme is its applied nature. AIT’s Department of Social Science has longstanding relationships with service providers across a range of health and social services. It includes areas such as Early Years Care & Education, Social Care, Mental Health Services, Intellectual Disability, Youth Work, Older People and Community Development.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate Applicants

Grade H5 at higher level in 2 subjects


Grade 06/H7 in four other subjects, including a language
(English or Irish). Maths requirement is O6/H7.

QQI Applicants

Three distinctions

Pass grade in Maths or LC Maths at O6/H7

Course Structure

Year 1

History of psychology, introduction to schools and disciplines within psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology. You will be introduced to quantitative research methods and data analysis and to the practice of carrying out research practicals.

Year 2

Biological bases of behaviour, personality psychology.

You will study more advanced data analysis by focussing on inferential statistics and will continue to carry out research practicals and will be introduced to the use of software packages (eg SPSS) to analyse the data.

Year 3

Cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, learning and educational psychology. You will have the opportunity to choose an elective in applied psychology from either sport psychology or behavioural science. In research, you will begin to examine qualitative research and analysis of qualitative data. Professional practice skills will be continued in year 3.

Year 4

Health psychology and counselling. You will choose two applied electives from positive psychology, forensic psychology, organisational psychology and disability.

You will also conduct your own research project, based on a research question which you will develop.

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

As mentioned above, an undergraduate degree in Psychology provides a fantastic foundation for further postgraduate study in a variety of related areas. However, graduates wishing to undertake a professional career in psychology ( clinical psychology, educational psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology or other specialised areas) must pursue further postgraduate study in psychology.

To enrol on a postgraduate course in a specialised field of psychology, graduates must hold an undergraduate Psychology degree approved by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

Like all new undergraduate Psychology programmes, AIT is required to apply to the PSI for programme accreditation. Although PSI’s monitoring process takes place throughout all four years of the programme, AIT is optimistic of receiving approval by the time the first student cohort finish in June 2022.

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