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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Start Date: September 2016.

Application Date

Applicants for September 2016 intake, please note that applications will open on 01 October 2015.

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2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Psychology programme must be graduates with an honours degree, or final year students on an honours degree programme in any discipline. Offers to applicants who are not graduates will be contingent on degree results. The programme welcomes applications from mature students.

The selection process for the Higher Diploma in Psychology will take account of:
(1) undergraduate record and, where relevant, postgraduate record;
(2) certified modules or courses in psychology;
(3) experience of psychology through work or voluntary activities;
(4) employment record;
(5) references;
(6) applicant's personal statement on the application form.


This programme is designed for people without prior training in Psychology, but with an Honours degree in another subject.

Course Content

Course overview
The Higher Diploma in Psychology (H Dip Psych) is an intensive two-year postgraduate conversion course for graduates with an honours degree in a discipline other than psychology, who would like to take the first step towards a professional career in psychology. The degree is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as a first degree (equivalent to an Honours BA in Psychology), and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of PSI. The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an internationally recognised degree that allows graduate membership of relevant psychological societies including the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course Features
- Psychology conversion course
- Equivalent to Honours BA degree in Psychology
- Two years full time or four years part time
- Accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
- Internationally recognised degree
- Enables further postgraduate training in clinical, counselling, health and other types of psychology

What will I learn?
The curriculum for the Higher Diploma in Psychology is taught in conjunction with the Honours BA in Psychology. It covers the key areas of psychology required for PSI accreditation, namely:

•biological bases of behaviour
•developmental and lifespan psychology
•social psychology
•personality and individual differences
•cognitive psychology
•research design and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Additionally, you may select elective modules covering a wide range of topics that reflect the diversity of staff interests and expertise within the School of Psychology. You will gain experience with psychological research by completing a series of practical laboratory experiments in psychology in your first year. In second year, you will conduct an individual research project on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic staff member. Small group tutorials will provide further support for your learning.

Subjects Taught

Core Modules – Stage 1
PSY 10080 Intro to Social Psychology
PSY 10100 Research Methods and Statistics 1
PSY 20010 Biological Psychology
PSY 20050 Psychology Labs 1
PSY 20150 Intro to History of Psychology
PSY 20020 Child & Adolescent Development
PSY 20060 Psychology of Language
PSY 20080 Visual Cognition
PSY 20160 Research Methods and Statistics II
PSY 30110 Psychology Labs II

Core Modules - Stage 2
PSY 30050 Behavioural Neuroscience
PSY 30340 Personality & Human Intelligence
PSY 30350 Research Methods & Statistics III
PSY 30040 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY 30140 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 30360 Psychology Research Project

Option Modules – Stages 1/2
PSY 20100 Disability Studies
PSY 20130 Psychology of Work
PSY 30180 Recent Papers in Neuroscience
PSY 30190 Psychological Trauma
PSY 30210 Clinical Psychology
PSY 30300 International Psychology
PHIL 30030 Philosophy of Mind
PSY 20110 Introduction to Health Psychology
PSY 30080 Psychology and Crime
PSY 30160 Advanced Language Development
PSY 30220 Liberation Psychology
PSY 30260 Practising Organisational Psychology
PSY 30280 Counselling Psychology
PSY 30310 Sport and Exercise Psychology
PSY 30330 Theoretical Psychology
PSY 30320 Career Development in Psychology

Students must earn an additional 15 credits per year from a list of optional modules. A wide variety of topics are offered, including modules on clinical psychology, health psychology, cross-cultural psychology, sports psychology and the psychology of crime. More information on these modules may be found at the following link: Module Listing. Please note that some modules may not be offered in a particular year, and the programme structure may change from year to year.

Students may also choose to complete the programme part-time over four years. This will involve attending classes 2-3 days per week during normal business hours. Queries about the structure of the part-time programme may be addressed to Mary Boyle.

Further Enquiries

For further information about the Higher Diploma in Psychology please contact Mary Boyle in UCD School of Psychology at Mary Boyle or tel: +353 1 716 8369.

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