Psychology - Conversion Course

Course Outline
The Higher Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course to psychology for students with degrees in subjects other than psychology or with psychology as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diplomain Psychology effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the main subject.

It is designed for non-psychology graduates who wish to gain a qualification that makes them eligible to become Graduate Members of the relevant professional society, The Psychological Society of Ireland. This is a pre-requisite for accredited professional training in psychology.

Why Choose This Course
The Higher Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course for graduates with degrees in disciplines other than psychology or for those who have taken psychology as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diploma in Psychology effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the major subject. Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Psychology are eligible to become members of a relevant professional society (The Psychological Society of Ireland - PSI or the British Psychological Society - BPS). Membership of these national psychological organisations is a prerequisite for most postgraduate training in psychology.

Entry requirements

Requirements
- Candidates should normally have at least a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8).

- It may be necessary to limit numbers, and candidates will have to satisfy a Selection Committee at interview. Previous study of psychology, although not a requirement is highly advantageous

- The Additional/Supplementary Statement Question MUST also be completed during the online application. Relevant previous experience of psychology should be included in this statement

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

Assessment

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules

Subjects taught

Core areas taught on the programme include:
Research Methods
Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Abnormal Psychology
Psychological Therapies
*In addition to the above, successful applicants who have not completed the equivalent of year 1 of the BA in Applied Psychology will be expected to attend a brief course prior to commencing on the Higher Diploma in Psychology.

For further details of the programme modules and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Duration

2 years full-time.

Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 4 years.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an entry level qualification (equivalent to a degree). Completion of the programme entitles graduates to membership of the PSI or BPS a prerequisite for most postgraduate training or research programmes. Clear and comprehensive information on postgraduate opportunities and career development may be found on these national society websites at www.psihq.ie or www.bps.org.uk.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    HDip

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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