Psychology - Conversion Course

Trinity College Dublin

Psychology - Conversion Course

It is a two year full-time course based on lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and research projects.

As graduates, you have most of the academic skills you need to succeed on the Psychology Conversion Course. Our main objective is to facilitate your entry into the profession of psychology and to train you in the discourse of a new academic discipline via active learning and discussion. To facilitate this, much of your learning will take place in small groups where you are encouraged to be active and collaborative learners.

The course aims to provide an understanding of the nature of psychology as a profession, the psychologist’s professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues; to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge in relevant areas within psychology, to extend skills in formulating research problems, gathering and analysing data, interpreting and communicating research findings; and to help students explore their own interests and capacities in the field and to prepare them for further training.

Subjects taught

Course Content
Students will cover the following areas of psychology, as required by the professional accreditation body, the Psychological Society of Ireland: Biological basis of behaviour; Cognitive psychology; Research design, quantitative & qualitative methods; Developmental and lifespan psychology; Social psychology; Personality and individual differences.

Students attend a range of foundation and advanced modules during the two years of the course.

Foundation Modules include: Foundations of Psychological Thought; Cognition; Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Behaviour; Developmental Psychology; Perception; Social Psychology; Psychological Disorder; Personality and Individual Differences.

A range of advanced modules is offered each year and over the two years of the course, students must take at least one module from each required area (biological, cognitive, social, development, personality and individual differences).

In addition, in both Years 1 and 2, students are required to take modules in practicals, methodology and statistics and in academic skills tutorials. Students in Year 2 are required to carry out an empirical investigation of a psychological topic or question under the supervision of a member of the academic staff in the School.

Entry requirements

Admission 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 Honours degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated in the English language must meet Trinity’s requirements for English language proficiency. The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 (with no band below 6). Trinity will also accept an equivalent in other approved English language proficiency tests.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting,
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Application dates

Closing Date: 31st March 2024
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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 2024

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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