Psychotherapy Studies

HDip Psychotherapy Studies
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

This one year full-time Higher Diploma programme provides an introduction to the major modalities of psychotherapy, to psychoanalysis and to psychiatric/mental health practice. It can be a very solid foundation for clinical training in psychotherapy. UCD Psychotherapy offers four clinical training MSc programmes.

- Offers an introduction to the psychotherapies and prepares students for further specialist training.
- Provides an academic foundation in the theoretical and clinical literature in the field.
- Tailored not only to trainees or practitioners in disciplines within the mental health arena but also to applicants from non-cognate areas who may be considering embarking on a clinical training in psychotherapy.
- Taught by experienced practitioners.

Subjects taught

The course is delivered in 6 modules (5 taught and 1 dissertation), all of which are core requirements for the award of Higher Diploma. Assessment is by continuous assessment for the taught modules and a mark for the thesis. There are no written examinations. For four of the modules, assessment takes the form of essays and class presentation with written reports. One module is assessed on the basis of a learning journal compiled week by week over the course of the year. Students submit a 6,000-word dissertation for which they receive both group tutorial support and individual supervision.

Stage 1 - Core
Theoretical Overview of the PsychotherapiesMDCS30010
The Therapeutic Relationship in PsychotherapyMDCS30020
Psychotherapies I: Transference based Therapies and Integrative/interpersonal TherapiesMDCS30030
Psychotherapies II: Cognitive/Behavioural Therapies, Group & Family PsychotherapiesMDCS30040
Research and Clinical Applications SeminarMDCS30050
Thesis DissertationMDCS30060

Entry requirements

• Open to applicants with a Honours Level 8 (NFQ) qualification or equivalent experience-based prior learning.

• Most relevant to workers in the field of mental health practice and health work generally as well as those involved in education and social care provision but applicants from outside these fields are also most welcome.

• Relevant professional experience and qualification is welcome but not a prerequisite.

Applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to show evidence of a commitment to the study of psychotherapy.

Application for this course must be made on-line at

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
HDip Psychotherapy Studies FT (X838)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 year full-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.


Please contact the school for fee information.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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