The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology is for graduates who wish to pursue a professional career or postgraduate study in psychology but who don't hold an honours degree in psychology. The Higher Diploma enables students to study key areas of psychology in a thriving research environment and, through a supervised research dissertation, explore practical issues of interest and relevance to a range of theoretical and occupational fields. Students will develop a firm knowledge base in psychology and gain experience of the research process that will build upon the skills and knowledge that they have already acquired in earlier studies. The Higher Diploma represents the necessary first step to becoming a professional psychologist. Upon successful completion of the Higher Diploma, depending upon the final grade, graduates will be eligible to apply to enter postgraduate training programmes in their chosen specialisation and ultimately gain employment in their area of expertise.
- The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology extends over two academic years of day-time study, or two academic years of evening study.
- In Year 1, students undertake the study of eight mandatory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core areas and disciplines and to provide a platform for more advanced study at Year 2.
- In Year 2, students undertake a further seven mandatory subjects that build on the Year 1 foundation and further develop students' understanding of applied areas and key subjects of psychology.
- Furthermore, students also undertake a mandatory research project under the guidance of a supervisor.
- In the evening delivery, students will normally attend classes two evenings per week from 6.15pm-9.30pm and may opt to study a maximum of four modules per semester. There is a third evening of Research Project support classes from 6.15pm-7.45pm in semester 1 of Year 2. Advice and confirmation of module selection will be made available to students before course commencement.
- The programme will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, study skills workshops, practical laboratory work and field study work.
This programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the professional body for psychology in Ireland. DBS was the first college outside the university sector to receive accreditation from the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Suited to: Non-Psychology Graduates.