BA (Hons) in Psychology


Program Description

The B.A. in Psychology offers a broad introduction to the field of Psychology and its major sub-disciplines. Over 3 years (or 4-year part-time) learners engage with the core areas in psychology including developmental, social, and cognitive psychology, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy and neuropsychology. A significant component of the programme is also dedicated to equipping learners with a strong capability in research methods, culminating in an independent research project. The B.A. (Hons) in Psychology has been approved for validation by QQI and the programme has been submitted to the Psychological Society of Ireland to seek recognition as an approved programme.

Core Modules

  • Biological Basis of Human Behaviour
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Research Methods and Ethics
  • Historical and Philosophical Foundations
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Adulthood and Ageing
  • Statistics and Psychological Laboratories
  • Social Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Arts Education and Creativity
  • Neuropsychology
  • Mental Health and Psychopathology
  • Independent Research Project
  • Counselling and Applied Psychological Therapies
  • Special Education: Inclusion and Diversity
  • Montessori Education Across a Lifespan


SNMCI students have the possibility of applying to Erasmus+ programmes in our partner countries, to study abroad for a semester.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate - H5 or above in 2 higher level subjects AND a minimum of 4 O6s at an ordinary level which must include maths and English.


3 Years F/T and 4 Years P/T Dún Laoghaire & Cork

How to Apply

Via the CAO, Code NM802, or DIRECT


  • Full time: €5,990 per year
  • Part time: €4,990 per year

SUSI Grant funding available* (*Subject to approval by DFHE)

Why Choose St. Nicholas

We are accredited by QQI and we are a founder member of the Higher Education College Association (HECA). We have been delivering education programmes since 1970 and all of our programmes are underpinned by our application of Montessori philosophy and methodology which values the unique learning potential of every human being. Our College is compact and accessible, offering learners a true sense of belonging and community in the heart of Dun Laoghaire and Cork. But more importantly:

Located in the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, St. Nicholas students are embedded in the ideal mix of beautiful coastline, cafe culture, warm and welcoming community and some of the best social life in Ireland. And all so easy to access via DART, bus or car.

Our small class sizes ensure that each learner receives individualised attention which reflects the respect and traditions of Montessori, our namesake We have several opportunities for students to study abroad via Erasmus+ programmes

Employment Opportunities

The St. Nicholas Montessori B.A. (HONS) in Psychology is Ireland's newest psychology degree, combining core psychology subjects with a focus on educational psychology and mental wellbeing. A degree in Psychology can lead to a wide range of careers, both psychology-based and in other areas. For graduates seeking a career as a professional psychologist, this degree represents (subject to PSI accreditation) a necessary step and a precursor for post-graduate study in the chosen specialist area of Psychology in the following roles:

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Health Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologists
  • Private practitioners in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Consultancy
  • Academia
  • Finance
  • Health and wellbeing

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The College is Ireland’s leading provider of Montessori and Early Years professionals and unique in that the Level 8 BA Hons in Montessori Education programme enables graduates to register under Route ... Read More

The College is Ireland’s leading provider of Montessori and Early Years professionals and unique in that the Level 8 BA Hons in Montessori Education programme enables graduates to register under Route 4 with the Teaching Council of Ireland. As a result, there are many hundreds of St. Nicholas graduates working throughout the National school system in Ireland. Read less
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