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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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LM038
Psychology and Sociology

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This four year honours degree in Psychology & Sociology provides you with a broad introduction to both disciplines in the first year, followed by coverage of the core areas of Psychology required for accreditation including: social, developmental, personality, biological and cognitive psychology as well as research methods and statistics.

In your final year of study you will specialise in advanced areas of both Psychology and Sociology, in topics including multiculturalism, the media and applied psychology, while undertaking your own independent research project in an area of Psychology. You will also have an opportunity to undertake study abroad as well as work in an area relevant to psychology or sociology during the course of your studies.


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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
EASSX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services


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Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include at least 3 of the following:


DCHCC - COMMUNITY CARE; 5M2786 - COMMUNITY CARE; DCHSC - CHILDCARE; 5M2009 - EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION; DCHSN - NURSING STUDIES; 5M4349 - NURSING STUDIES; DCHSX - COMMUNITY AND HEALTH SERVICES; 5M4468 - COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES; DHSXX - HEALTHCARE SUPPORT; 5M4339 - HEALTHCARE SUPPORT

D20005 - Child Development
or 5N1764 - Child Development

D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development

G20003 - Behavioural Science
or 5N2705 - Care Provision and Practice

G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies

G20034 - Teamworking
or 5N1367 - Teamworking


EASSX - APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES
5M2181 - APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES

D20032 - Human Growth & Development
or 5N1279 - Human Growth and Development

G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies

G20034 - Teamworking
or 5N1367 - Teamworking

L22541 - Applied Psychology

5N0754 - Psychology


ELAXX - LIBERAL ARTS
5M3114 - GENERAL STUDIES

B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics

G20031 - Social Studies
or 5N1370 - Social Studies

L22312 - Biology of Human Development

L21910 - Psychology of Work
or L22314 - Psychology
or L22541 - Applied Psychology
or 5N0754 - Psychology

L22283 - Personal and Professional Development
or 5N2985 - Personal and Professional Development

N22789 - Psychology

Note: Information for 2017 Entry

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Careers open to you with a degree in Psychology and Sociology include;

  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Primary Teacher
  • Third level Lecturer
  • Community Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Social Researcher
  • Occupational Therapist



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