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

Stage 1 - Core
Theoretical Overview of the Psychotherapies

The Therapeutic Relationship in Psychotherapy

Psychotherapies I: Transference based Therapies and Integrative/interpersonal Therapies

Psychotherapies II: Cognitive/Behavioural Therapies, Group & Family Psychotherapies

Research and Clinical Applications Seminar

Thesis Dissertation

Entry requirements

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)
Deadline: Rolling*

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




HDip Psychotherapy Studies FT (X838)
Duration: 1 Years
Attend: Full Time


Please contact the school for fee information.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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