About Psychology

The study of Psychology at Carlow College St. Patrick’s offers you a deep understanding into the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour . It encourages students to develop a wide – ranging knowledge and expertise in psychology, to include key concepts, theories, methods, and debates in psychology. The overall aim of the psychology programme is to provide students with a solid grounding in t he discipline of psychology, and is designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the main theoretical principles and applied practices of psychology. To this end, the programme structure of the BA (Honours) in Psychology  ensures that the six core aspects of psychology are covered (e.g., Biological Basis of Behaviour, Child Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences and Research Methods) and also investigates the application o f psychology in a range of contexts such as, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Cyber Psychology and Behavioural Psychology. Learners are supported in developing a range of key skills and aptitudes necessary to the science and profession of psychology. Furthermore, this programme endeavors to provide coverage of the six core areas of psychology as recommended by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI).

What Will You Learn?

Studying Psychology will provide you with 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 and to provide the learner with practice in the design, execution, reporting and assessment of research. Our objective is to provide an academic foundation from which professional training and higher research skills can be developed. A further objective is to ensure that the programme meets the guidelines for Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accreditation so that graduates will be equipped to pursue further postgraduate training in psychology.

Future Careers

Please note: many career paths in Psychology require postgraduate study in order to pursue.

A more comprehensive list of professional Psychology careers can be found at or at along with a useful career options support tool.