Psychology - Conversion Course

Trinity College Dublin

Psychology - Conversion Course

Course Description
The purpose of the course is to provide a pre-professional qualification in psychology, which confers eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and allows a student to proceed to postgraduate training, including higher degrees by research, and to specialise in an area of professional psychology. It is a two year full-time course based on lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and research projects.

Subjects taught

Students will cover the following areas of psychology, as required for professional accreditation:

Biological basis of behaviour
Cognitive psychology
Research design, quantitative and qualitative methods
Developmental and lifespan psychology
Social psychology
Personality and individual differences

Entry requirements

Candidates for admission to the Higher Diploma in Psychology must hold a primary degree, in any discipline with at least an upper second-class honors. Application for entry is not via the CAO system.

IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall (**each band of the IELTS must have a minimum score of 6.5)

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st March 2023

Assessment Info

Students are evaluated by course work assessment throughout the year, by written examination papers at the end of each semester of the course, and by research project in the second year. The student must complete all the work prescribed.


2 years full-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

Post Course Info

This course provides a rigorous and comprehensive primary training to prepare students to take the next step towards a career in or using psychology.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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