Psychology

HDip Psychology
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 120)
The Higher Diploma in Psychology 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.

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

Vision and Values Statement
The purpose of the Higher Diploma in Psychology in UCD is to foster an evidence-based appreciation of mind, brain, lived experiences, social context, and behaviour, and the nature and outcomes of their complex interactions. Students will learn the importance of psychological approaches to problems in modelling the full richness of mental life, as well as the role of empirical research in shaping and influencing theory. The programme stresses the importance of critical thinking, informed awareness of the multiplicity of levels of understanding psychological phenomena, the significance of building research skills, and of ethics in research and practice.

Knowledge is developed through teaching core areas at a number of stages; beginning at an introductory level, supported by tutorials and team-teaching, but becoming steadily more advanced, complemented with increased individual choice and selection of options. Learning is based on active participation, and culminates through demonstrating an ability to undertake an independent piece of research, from hunches and hypotheses, through to execution, data collection, analysis and write-up. Individualised tuition and supervision support the student in the completion of this project. A range of assessment methods is used including traditional, innovative and group-based, with detailed feedback to the student an essential components.

Programme Outcomes
• Communicating Broad: An ability to communicate and present ideas in a clear and incisive way. Specific: An ability to communicate and present scientific psychological data in a professional and sophisticated manner, in both written and oral form.
• Integrating Broad: Comprehend, organise and use data in an effective manner, and apply psychological knowledge to real-world issues. Specific: Use a wide range of psychological tools and equipment incl. computer software and psychological tests.
• Knowing Broad: Understanding the scientific process of building knowledge. Specific: A thorough knowledge of core domains of psychology incl. biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology, individual differences and research methods.
• Managing Broad: Demonstrate effective planning, time-management and project-administration skills. Specific: Carry out an independent research project from formulation of a research question through ethical approval, data analysis and write-up.
• Planning and Implementing Broad: An ability to generate hypotheses and research questions. Specific: An ability to generate a hypothesis around why humans or animals act the way they do, and design a research process to test this hypothesis.
• Thinking Broad: An ability to think critically & reason scientifically. Specific: An ability to appreciate the multiplicity of psychological approaches, and have an awareness of their theoretical, practical, methodological and ethical implications.

The curriculum for the Higher Diploma in Psychology is taught in conjunction with the Honours BA in Psychology. Core modules cover 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.

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.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Brain and Behaviour
PSY10060

Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY10080

Child & Adolescent Development
PSY20020

Laboratory Practicals in Psychology I
PSY20050

The Psychology of Language
PSY20060

Visual and Social Cognition
PSY20080

Foundations of Psychology
PSY20150

Research Methods & Stats II
PSY20160

Laboratory Practicals in Psychology II
PSY30110

Stage 1 - Option
Introduction to Disability Studies
PSY20100

Introduction to Health Psychology
PSY20110

Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
PSY20130

Clinical Psychology
PSY20170

The Science + Art of Therapy: From Freud to Zinn
PSY20180

Psychology for Everyday Life
PSY20200

Psychology of Ageing
PSY20220

Psychology and Crime
PSY30080

Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems
PSY30260

Applied Health Psychology
PSY30290

Career development in psych
PSY30320

Youth Mental Health
PSY30380

Stage 2 - Core
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY30040

Behavioural Neuroscience
PSY30050

Advanced Social Psychology
PSY30140

Human Intelligence and Personality
PSY30340

Research Methods & Stats III
PSY30350

Research Project and Skills
PSY30450

Stage 2 - Option
Child & Adolescent Development
PSY20020

Introduction to Disability Studies
PSY20100

Introduction to Health Psychology
PSY20110

Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
PSY20130

Clinical Psychology
PSY20170

The Science + Art of Therapy: From Freud to Zinn
PSY20180

Psychology for Everyday Life
PSY20200

Psychology and Crime
PSY30080

Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems
PSY30260

Applied Health Psychology
PSY30290

Career development in psych
PSY30320

Youth Mental Health
PSY30380

Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY30400

Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY30410

How to Change Behaviour
PSY30440

Entry requirements

Between 15 and 20 students are admitted to the Higher Diploma in Psychology each year.

Applicants to the Higher Diploma in Psychology programme must be graduates with an honours degree (typically a 2.1 or higher), or final year students on an honours degree programme in any discipline.

Offers to applicants who are not yet 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.

International Applicants
A number of places on the Higher Diploma in Psychology are offered each year to international applicants. Applications for this programme typically open in October and close in mid-March. International applicants may contact the programme administrator Ms. Mary Boyle (mary.boyle@ucd.ie) in the first instance to indicate their interest in applying for the Higher Diploma in Psychology. International applicants may apply for the Higher Diploma in Psychology through the UCD Online Applications homepage.

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English. All applicants are therefore required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who are not presenting the subject English in a school-leaving examination which is at least of pass Leaving Certificate standard (e.g. GCSE grade C) must meet the minimum English Language Requirements in relation to TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) specified at the following website: Admission English requirement.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
HDip Psychology FT (W014)
Deadline: 11-MAR-2022

HDip Psychology PT (W202)
Deadline: 11-MAR-2022

Applications for this program will open on October 1, 2021 and close on March 11, 2022. Applicants may contact : Tanja Junghenn for further information.

Credits

120

Duration

HDip Psychology FT (W014)
Duration: 2 Years
Attend: Full Time

HDip Psychology PT (W202)
Duration: 4 Years
Attend: Part Time

Fees

HDip Psychology (W014) Full Time
EU Year 1 - € 8895
EU Year 2 - € 7210 aa
nonEU Year 1 - € 17615
nonEU Year 2 - € 14245 aa

HDip Psychology (W202) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 5730
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

aa Second Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2020 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2019/20

*** Fees are subject to change

Please note that the part-time option (W202) is not available to non-EU students.

Up-to-date tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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