BA (Hons) Psychology (PSI accredited) - Part-time

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  • Career Opportunities
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BA (Hons) Psychology (PSI accredited) - Part-time

Psychology is one of the most exciting and interesting subjects available in third level education. It is the study of human behaviour in all its forms normal and abnormal, natural and learned, productive and destructive. It is a modern and progressive area of study, which with a 150-year history, is currently experiencing unprecedented growth and development in Ireland and internationally. In modern times, professional psychologists work in almost every sphere of daily life. They contribute to the design of our classrooms and what takes place in them. They teach industry the best ways to select and motivate employees. They provide crucial insight into the background of social problems such as suicide, addiction and child abuse. They help coaches train athletes, help the police to investigate crime, help managers to reduce stress in the workplace and help the health services to design effective health promotion campaigns (for example, anti-smoking, and safe driving campaigns).

Aims and Objectives

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accredits the BA (Hons) Psychology degree taught in DBS. PSI is the professional body for psychology in Ireland. As such it seeks to promote the science and profession of psychology in Ireland and beyond. The psychology degree represents the necessary first step to becoming a professional psychologist. The BA (Hons) Psychology is designed to provide an understanding of human thought and behaviours through the application of psychology to a  wide range of areas. These areas range from the understanding of the nature and causes of mental illness to investigating the decision making processes used by us in real life situations. Our  degree is informed continually by research, both past and present, and is taught by staff who are also practitioners in various psychology fields. Uniquely the Psychology degree in DBS introduces students to the main concepts and text which the tradition of psychoanalysis offers to the field of psychology.

The objectives of the BA (Hons) Psychology degree are as follows:

  • To provide a forum of open space learning where students can develop , deepen and expand their theoretical knowledge of Psychology

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills required allowing progression in further specialist and applied areas of psychology

  • To facilitate an understanding of the main domains of the scientific and empirical study of psychology 

  • To develop a critical appreciation of the contribution psychology has made to understanding behaviour and experience

  • To allow students to engage in advanced theoretical debates relevant to the understanding of contemporary issues in society

  • To provide students with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration with the Psychological Society of Ireland

  • To offer the opportunity for progression to postgraduate level within the many fields of psychology and related specialisms

PSI Accredited

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The BA (Hons) in Psychology is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, the professional body for psychology in Ireland. As such, it seeks to promote the science and profession of psychology in Ireland and beyond. PSI membership now stands at over 3,000 members, and includes practitioners, educators and researchers, professionals and postgraduate students, as well as undergraduate subscribers.


This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.


Student Testimonial

"I always wanted to study psychology so took the plunge finally. The application process was very easy, the staff were very helpful and intimate classes allow for more tutor attention.

I absolutely adored it...I enjoyed the tutors & small classes; it made me fall in love with psychology. My favourite subject was Developmental Psychology.

I would reccommend DBS to other students; it's very accessible and the staff are always on hand to help - very quick email replies to any queries.  

I have recently been promoted...I believe my skills developed me into a better manager hence why I got the job promotion. My future plans are likely to work with the Gaurds and in the prisons with criminology / forensic psychology."

Ruby Whyte
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology


Course Content

The BA (Hons) in Psychology has the following content:

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Core Modules

Psychological Foundations

Foundations in Social Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Foundations of Biopsychology

Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Academic Skills Lab


Research Technique & Analysis 1

Introduction to Psychoanalysis & the Unconscious

Core Modules

Modelling Cognitive  Systems

Development Across the Lifespan:  Adolescence and Adulthood

Fundamentals of Biopsychology

Social Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Psychology in Action- online

Ethical Research Methods & Design

Research Technique & Analysis 2

Personality and Psychoanalytic Subjectivity

Core Modules


Internet Mediated Research- online

Behaviour Science


Stream 1

Organisational Psychology

Health Psychology

Mental Health & Distress

Human Performance

Stream 2

Sexuality 1

Sexuality 2


Psychoanalysis and Language



Teaching and Assessment

Throughout the course some modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end of year examinations, or by continuous assessment alone. Continuous assessment will vary in style and purpose from module to module, depending upon the nature of the subject material and the teaching and learning objectives of the module. Assessments may include essays, multiple choice questionnaire, in-class exam, oral presentation, group work, and poster presentations.

Awarding Body and NFQ Level

As part of our ongoing obligation to quality assurance for QQI and PSI, DBS will carry out reviews and submit the programme for re-approval as required. This means that there may be changes to programme content or delivery during your programme of study. If this does occur, DBS will carefully consider all transition arrangements to ensure consistency for learners.

CORU Recognition

CORU is Ireland's multi-profession health regulator whose role is to protect the public through regulating the health and social care professions listed in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended). It includes the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards established under the Act 2005 (as amended).

The BA (Hons)/Higher Diploma in Psychology does not currently fall under CORU for the purposes of recognition to the profession. However, learners should be aware that CORU is currently preparing to regulate the psychology profession for all higher education institutions and is taking a phased approach.


The degree is divided into three levels. Level three has a major final year project associated with it. The duration of the degree on a part-time basis is typically four years. Normally students will attend classes two evenings per week from 6.15pm-9.30pm.

In Level 1, students undertake introductory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core disciplines to provide a platform for more advanced study. 

In Level 2, students take subjects that build on the level 1 foundation and further develop student knowledge and understanding. 

In Level 3, students take subjects intended to develop understanding of applied areas and key subjects. Furthermore, students also undertake a research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

This programme is taught on a hybrid basis. This means learners are timetabled either in-class or online, in a mix of online and in-class days.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the degree, depending upon the final grade, graduates will be eligible to apply to enter postgraduate training programmes in their chosen specialisation and ultimately gain employment in their area of expertise.

These areas include:

• Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

• Clinical Psychology

• Counselling Psychology

• Educational Psychology

• Forensic Psychology

• Organisations Psychology

• Health Psychology

• Neuropsychology

• Sport (and Exercise) Psychology

Graduates from the BA (Hons) in Psychology from DBS will have achieved the prerequisite psychoanalytic study to apply for the clinical training MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at DBS. Graduates from this programme can also apply to progress on to the MA in Addiction Studies at DBS. Graduates not wishing to go on to train as a psychologist can also go on to work in areas such as teaching, research, counselling, community or youth work, assistant psychologist, classroom assistant, care worker, support worker. In addition graduates will be able to work flexibly and creatively as individuals and in groups, capable of independent thought, self-directed in their outlook, diplomatic, dedicated and determined.


The Course Fees for the BA (Hons) in Psychology are €870 (1 x 10 credit module) / €420 (1 x 5 credit module) per annum.

For a full list of part-time undergraduate arts degree fees click here.

You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.

All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

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Standard Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

Under the new Common Points Scale for Leaving Certificate, applicants must obtain a minimum of 2H5’s and 4 O6/H7, including a language. Some degree programmes will also require a minimum of O6/H7 in Maths. Please see individual course entry requirements for further details.    Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted

Mature Applicants - Evening Arts Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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Course overview

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Award Type: Major
Duration: 4 Years (2 evenings per week)
Next Intake: September 2024

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