BA (Hons) Psychology (PSI accredited) – Full-time

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Career in Psychology

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.

Professional psychologists work in almost every sphere of contemporary life. Psychology contributes to the design of our classrooms and what takes place in them. Psychology teaches employers the best ways to select and motivate employees. Psychology provides crucial insight into the background of social problems such as suicide, addiction and child abuse. They help coaches to 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 & Objectives

The DBS Psychology programme in DBS School of Arts was the first non-University degree to be accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). 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. Across the programme, all the key areas of psychology are studied, including laboratory and project work. The BA (Hons) in Psychology programme at DBS School of Arts is also unique in that it includes significant content from the field of psychoanalysis, one of the major and most challenging traditions in the history of psychology. 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.

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 2000 members, and includes practitioners, educators and researchers, professionals and postgraduate students, as well as undergraduate degree holders.


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 chose DBS as the programme was offered part time which best suited my circumstances as a single parent, it allowed me to work around my children. I always had an interest in Psychology and I really enjoyed the in-depth study of human behaviour delivered by excellent lecturers. I feel much more confident in gaining employment in my chosen field and the knowledge I gained during my time in DBS is invaluable."

Nora Creamer
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology

Nora Creamer


Course 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

Research Project


Stream 1


Organisational Psychology

Health Psychology

Mental Health & Distress

Human Performance

Stream 2


Sexuality 1

Sexuality 2

Psychoanalysis and Language

Teaching and Assessment

The BA (Hons) in Psychology is taught mainly through lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory classes, with learners taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside the scheduled class contact times. 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. Sample assessment activities will include essays, multiple-choice questionnaire, short answer in-class exam, oral presentation, group work, poster presentations and formal examinations. The majority of subjects are assessed through a combination of coursework and examination.

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 BA (Hons) in Psychology is a 3 year programme. The degree is divided into three levels. All content in levels 1 and 2 is is mandatory, while there are two elective streams in addition to mandatory content in level 3.

  • 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.


Careers In Psychology

A postgraduate qualification is normally required if graduates are to find work as professional psychologists. Such courses are normally at the level of Masters degree or Higher Diploma, and usually are of 1-2 years duration. The full range of specialist areas described above can be studied. Graduates are also eligible to undertake many postgraduate courses and/or research in related areas such as social and cultural studies or health sciences.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists work in health settings, engaging in diagnostic and therapeutic work with people with conditions such as schizophrenia and major depression. They often work in teams alongside other health professionals, including social workers, psychiatrists and doctors, in order to tailor treatment that best serves the needs of the patients.

Counselling Psychology

Counselling psychologists work with people who have emotional and psychological difficulties in their daily lives, seeking to guide,support and advise people through their problems. They can work in health settings and in other institutions (such as schools) or they can work in private practice seeing members of the general public.

Educational Psychology

Educational psychologists often work with schools under government of local authority supervision, assisting students with learning, emotional, behavioural or other difficulties through Child Psychology. Some educational psychologist work at the highest levels of the education system,designing and reforming the national curriculum to make it more effective, fairer and more useful to students and students and society. Others specialise in related areas such as special needs or adult education.

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychologists often work in the Prison Service. However, forensic psychologists may also work in the health service (including rehabilitation units and secure hospitals), the social service (including An Garda Siochana and young offender units) and in university departments or in private consultancy. Forensic psychologists also act as expert witnesses and give evidence in court around forensic psychology.

If these modules are of interest to you, get in touch with the DBS team and apply today. Apply or enquire now!


The fees for Full-time BA (Hons) in Psychology are €5,995 per annum for EU students.

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

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only. Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

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.

Course Entry Requirements

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

CAO Applications

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor

Mature Student Applications

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

College Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.     

Applications within the EU

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Degree
NFQ Level:
Level 8
Award Title:
BA (Hons) Psychology
Award Type:
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB562
Next Intake: September 2024

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