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Your course
The HDipPsych (Full) is a two-year, full-time programme for graduates who have already received a higher degree in a field other than Psychology but who wish to pursue Psychology as a career option. By completing the HDipPsych (Full), you will cover course content equivalent to that of the NUI Galway BA Psychology programme, thus qualifying you for entry to postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Modules on offer include those on the psychology of learning; memory and cognition; developmental psychology; perception, attention and performance; biological psychology; issues in cognitive neuroscience; theories of personality; social psychology; health psychology; applied behavioural analysis; forensic, abnormal, and clinical psychology; psychological measurement (theory and practice); professional skills in psychology; advanced research methods (both quantitative and qualitative); and computer skills training (SPSS). Students take part in a series of experimental workshops throughout the two academic years and, in addition, are required to complete a research project under supervision in their final year. Finally, a recent innovation allows students to choose two electives in their final year from a choice of elective modules.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The programme is intended for graduates with at least a Second Class Honours level in any field other than Psychology. Places are awarded on the basis of academic merit. The two-year HDipPsych (Full) is not intended for graduates who have the BA (Omnibus) with Psychological Studies from NUI Galway (or its equivalent as deemed by the College of Arts), which is intended to synchronize with the one-year full-time HDip in Psychology (Conversion).


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
This programme provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate courses of study and careers in a variety of areas. Completing this degree will enable a graduate to gain access to further training to become a professional psychologist (e.g., a clinical, counselling or occupational psychologist) or to undertake a research degree in psychology (e.g., a PhD in Psychology).

Further enquiries

Anne Marie Keane
T: +353 91 493 097


1. Fully accredited: this programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and thus satisfies the requirements specified by PSI for graduate status in psychology.

2. This programme provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate courses of study and careers in a variety of domains.

3. Teaching is in the new School of Psychology, a purpose-built facility in the centre of campus.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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