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Psychology

Psychology can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

Note: Approximately 25 places are available in second year. In the event of competition for places in second year, examination performance in Psychology in first year will be the determinant.

About you
Almost everything we think, feel or do falls under the umbrella term of Psychology. To study Psychology is to enter a world where our thoughts, feelings and behaviour are explored from many perspectives. If you are interested in the answer to the following questions…
• Why do we get depressed?
• Can you tell if another person is lying?
• Why do people fall in and out of love?
• Do physically attractive people have more fun?
• Is happiness good for your health?
• Do social networking sites encourage self-obsession?
• What makes some people charismatic?
• Why do stalkers harass their victims?
• What motivates serial killers?
• Can aggression and violence be controlled?
• Is Social media addictive?
…then you will enjoy the first year modules in Introductory Psychology and Social Psychology. These modules should enhance understanding of your own attitudes and behaviours in addition to those of other people.

Why Study Psychology at MIC?
Students enrolled in the BA programme in Mary Immaculate College have an option of taking first year modules in Introductory Psychology and Social Psychology. Based on performance during the first academic year approximately 25 students will be offered places on the Major Psychology stream and study the core modules that provide students with the basis for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland. At MIC, students studying Psychology have access to dedicated state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated computer lab, testing rooms, one-way observation facilities and an eye-tracking lab.

What you will study
In first year, two modules provide students with the foundations for studying Psychology as a major, one in each semester. The Introduction to Psychology module (semester 1) provides students with an overview of many of the main areas of Psychology. Students will gain insight into many topics in Psychology including the biological basis of behaviour, the multiple layers of human development, and the different perspectives that underpin theories of human cognition, personality and individual differences. Students will acquire basic skills in the scientific methods and the ethical research practices employed by psychologists in the study of human behaviour.

In semester 2, students undertake a more in-depth look at social psychology, which is the study of the behaviour of individuals in groups. This fascinating area covers topics such as the self-concept, social identity, and the influences that individuals exert on each other as group members. The module looks at social relationships, both within a group, and between groups, and explores the impact of group dynamics on group performance in a variety of real life settings. The two Year One psychology modules illustrate theoretical concepts and their applications with multiple examples drawn from everyday life and aim to make year 1 psychology interesting, dynamic and accessible. Students who meet the special second year entry requirements can go on to major in Psychology and will study, not only existing knowledge of the processes and factors that influence human and other animals’ behaviour, but also the techniques that psychologists use to probe that behaviour, from unconscious thoughts to the most explicit of actions. The course covers a wide range of areas including social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology.

Career Opportunities
• Social or community service management
• International business
• Human Resources
• Training and development
• Education
• Marketing
• Management
• Psychologist (postgraduate qualification required)

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA in Educational Psychology
• MA/PhD Research

Additional Information
Dr Kerry Greer
Acting Head of Department
T: +353 61 204311
E: kerry.greer@mic.ul.ie

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