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Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Psychology Major)

  • PAC CodeDC345
  • Course type Undergraduate
  • Qualification Honours Bachelors Degree
  • Delivery Modes Online Distance Learning
  • Duration Continuous

Are you curious about the human mind, human behaviour? Then the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme is for you.

This Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme offers you the attractive opportunity to obtain a DCU undergraduate degree through online learning, which is more open and flexible than if you registered for a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the course

The DCU Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Psychology Major) is a Level 8 honours degree programme, which provides students with a focused, tailored programme of education in Psychology.

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental process, and as such is concerned with why we do what we do, feel what we feel and think what we think. Psychologists use rigorous scientific methods to further our understanding in a wide range of topics, as Psychology is a broad discipline. Psychological knowledge has many applications in a variety of settings such as industry, education, the law, as well as medical and forensic settings.

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) may, when they graduate, apply to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for consideration of eligibility for Graduate Membership and the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR). The BPS will consider their eligibility on an individual basis according to the criteria applicable at that time.

An application for undergraduate accreditation of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), is currently being prepared for submission.

Course Structure:

On this programme you will study nine Psychology modules, which cover the core areas of Psychology: Social and Organisational Psychology; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Biopsychology; Individual Differences and, very importantly; Psychological methods for conducting scientific research. As part of this programme you will also have the opportunity to complete, under supervision, an independent research project in Psychology. In addition to the Psychology modules you will study three Sociology Modules that complement your Psychological studies. These Sociology modules cover topics such as power and social order, crime and deviance, work and employment, social inequality and intergroup relations.

To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) a student needs to successfully complete the twelve modules from these two subjects.

Students may elect to exit with a Diploma in Humanities (Psychology Major) on successful completion of eight modules, if they do not wish to progress to the full degree qualification. It should be noted that this Diploma is not a route to graduate membership of a Psychological society, and therefore is not a route into the field of Psychology in and of itself.

Please note that the programme is under constant review and there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.

Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points. These points are accumulated towards your award of degree. 180 ECTS credit points are required for the BA (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) and 120 ECTS credit points are required for the Diploma in Humanities (Psychology Major).

Psychology

The Psychology modules equips students who wish to specialise in Psychology with a foundation in the key concepts, language, and approach of the discipline and an appreciation of the nature of evidence and theory. Psychology is a progressive and modern field of study examining behaviour and mental process, and as such is concerned with why we do what we do, feel what we feel and think what we think. Psychologists use rigorous scientific methods to further our understanding in a wide range of topics, as Psychology is a broad discipline. Psychological knowledge has many applications in a variety of settings such as industry, education, the law, as well as medical and forensic settings.

The information below is provided in order that students may gain a reasonable impression of module content. This information is also provided specifically so that students may use it to inform any exemption applications they may make. However, modules are regularly updated and therefore the content of these modules.

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the psychology stream.

Sociology

The Sociology modules provides students with the techniques and skills to analyse contemporary Irish and European society, in particular the issues and problems associated with some of its major social institutions. Students will be encouraged to adopt a critical approach to explanations of contemporary social issues offered by sociologists arguing from different sociological perspectives.

The information below is provided in order that students may gain a reasonable impression of module content. This information is also provided specifically so that students may use it to inform any exemption applications they may make. However, modules are regularly updated and therefore the content of these modules.

The three sociology modules are:

  • SC100: Sociology Foundation

  • Soc3A: Power, Social Order; Crime Deviance, Work and Employment

  • Soc4: Social Inequality and Intergroup Relations

Please click here for a description of each module presented on the sociology stream.

How Long does it take to Complete the Course?

It is possible to complete your degree in a minimum of four years, however, this would be a 'full-time' studying commitment. The Diploma in Humanities (Psychology Major) can be completed in a minimum of three years with a similar commitment. The greater the number of modules successfully completed each year, the quicker you obtain your degree. In the first year of study a student can only select the three foundation modules. After the foundation modules have been completed a student can select from one to four modules per year. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) must be completed within an eight year registration period.

Module Selection:

While this programme's modular structure provides you with the flexibility to choose how many modules you commit to studying in any one academic year, there are rules relating to module registration that you must be familiar with in order that you can make a fully informed decision about which modules you wish to take. For example, some modules must be completed before others can be selected, and other modules cannot be taken in combination.

Mathematics Recommendation:

Please note that the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme involves a number of modules that focus on Psychology research methods, which require a competence in mathematics roughly equivalent to pass Leaving Certificate level. While a Leaving Certificate mathematics qualification is not mandatory, students without recent exposure to mathematics should consider updating their skills by enrolling in a Leaving Certificate mathematics course or by studying Leaving Certificate mathematics textbooks.

Because of the way the programme is structured, you do not have to defer commencement of the programme while you develop your competence in mathematics. You could update your skills in parallel with other modules not requiring competence in this area specifically PY100: Psychology Foundation and SC100: Sociology Foundation.

 

Course Life

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.

At the beginning of the academic year, students are provided with access to a suite of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Literature, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology  necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Students are supported academically through a variety of means: a personal tutor, the humanities programme team and DCU student supports. When studying a module students are supported by a dedicated Tutor. Each module has a blend of face to face and virtual tutorials. Tutorials are activity-based, participatory sessions where Tutors facilitate review and discussion of the material students have been studying. Face to face tutorials are held on DCU campus, usually on Saturdays, while virtual tutorials take place using 'live', online classroom technology. Students can partake in these virtual classroom tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a broadband internet connection. All that is required is a computer with a webcam and headset. These tutorials are recorded so they can be viewed again later, and usually take place on weekday evenings or on Saturdays. Attending the majority of tutorials/workshops is voluntary, with attendance at a small number of tutorials/workshops being mandatory. Students are also supported in online discussion forums. These discussion forums, which can be found within DCU's virtual learning environment Loop, is the key medium through which students communicate with their Tutor and fellow students. Regular participation in these discussion forums is very important. In addition, students have access to a number of support services that are used to find answers to questions and resolve any issues or problems they may be experiencing.

In each module students will be given several opportunities, throughout the academic year, to demonstrate their learning through assessment work. The form that these assessments take depends on the module, but may include essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires, learning journals and/or end of year examinations. All continuous assessment work is submitted online. Students can sit their May examinations in an examination center in Dublin, Cork or Galway.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Internet, and using word processing packages like Microsoft Word.

You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.

Careers

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) degree programme facilitates those interested in pursuing any kind of work that requires critical thinking skills, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management, and these skills and abilities are highly valued by employers. The knowledge and skills you will develop are useful and valuable to have no matter what path you take once you successfully complete your DCU degree programme.

The knowledge, skills and competencies relating to Psychological research methods that graduates have achieved in their studies on this programme allow them to work in junior researcher positions.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme who intend to qualify as professional Psychologists will need to pursue further training in Psychology at Masters or Doctoral level. Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) will be able to go on to postgraduate study, and careers, in a number of Psychology's sub-disciplines and related fields. Graduates may proceed to either a taught masters or doctoral programmes in a specific sub-discipline of Psychology, or a Psychology masters or doctorate by research, where they conduct a research project, under supervision, in their area of interest

As Psychology is such a broad field there are many different routes that graduates may take depending on their areas of interest. As the majority of online learning students are already working, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) may facilitate advancement in their existing career or it may enable them to change career. Existing graduates have gone on to careers such as: Human Resource Manager; Psychological Researcher; Research Methods Tutor; Behavioural Therapist; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Therapist; Clinical Psychology assistant/researcher; Special Needs Assistant; and Clinical Co-ordinator for a regional counselling service.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are detailed: https://www.dcu.ie/registry/entry.shtml.

In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university requirements for competency in the English language.

 Recognition of Prior Learning:

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme allows for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), through the granting of module exemptions.

Applicants can apply for a `Specific' exemption if they have covered the full content of a module, to successful completion, in another programme, at a similar award level (but not where that module contributed towards an achieved award as the credits for that module have already been 'cashed in' against that award).

Please note that a student may not present the same ECTS credits as qualification for more than one DCU award. Similarly, a student may not claim an exemption for ECTS credits towards one award that has already been presented as qualification for another award elsewhere at a similar award level.

Please note that applicants will not obtain exemptions on the basis of work experience only.

A maximum exemption total of 60 credits (four modules) may be awarded to applicants with appropriate prior qualifications.

Please see the Exemption Form for more details.

Those interested in applying for exemptions should firstly apply for the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) programme. Exemption Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website.

You can email us with any questions to: openeducation@dcu.ie or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.

Important Dates:

Study Period: September to May.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in mid September of each year.

 

 

 

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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How to Apply:

To apply please go to: www.pac.ie/ugrad and select Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities (Psychology Major) PAC Code: DC345.

PAC will charge undergraduates an application fee of €35.