The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.

Research & Academic Psychology


The term ‘research and academic psychology’ refers to a broad range of professionals working in very diverse areas.

Psychologists who specialise in research carry out investigations on a wide range of topics. They also design experiments, surveys, field observations etc. They statistically analyse the collected data, usually by computer, and interpret the results in the light of previous research on the topic. They convey their findings to the national and international scientific community by publishing them in academic journals and at conferences.

Lecturers in psychology teach students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, through formal lectures, informal seminars and interactive tutorials. They prepare lecture courses, design practical course work and assess students’ attainment through coursework and examinations. Lecturers are usually also active as researchers or as psychologists in one or other of the professional psychology areas.

In order to become a research or academic psychologist, an accredited honours undergraduate degree with psychology as the major subject is required. Following this, additional research experience or qualifications will be necessary, for example a Masters Degree or Ph.D. You can enhance your chances of achieving a place on such a programme by getting experience teaching psychology, perhaps as a tutor during the course of postgraduate study. Many lecturers have their early teaching experience during the course of their postgraduate study. Attendance at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals always add to a CV

Courses are offered by:

  • National University of Ireland , Galway
  • National University of Ireland , Maynooth
  • Open University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Dublin , Trinity College
  • University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Magee and Coleraine campuses.

Related Upcoming Events

British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Conference 2017
The BPS Annual Conference 2017 will take place in Brighton. The Society's Annual Conference attracts academics, researchers and practitioners from around the world

3rd - 5th May


Young people, technology, and mental health
Presenter: Professor Mona O’Moore and Professor Gary O’Reilly

5th May


Test User: Occupational, Personality
Psychometric Test Training with Selection by Design

10th - 11th May


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