Institution / Pci College
City scape


Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology (Level 8)

Providing cutting-edge psychology education for aspiring H.Dip students and graduates with a general interest in psychology.

- full and comprehensive introduction - develop a broad knowledge base in psychology

- balance between theoretical and applied issues

- designed, taught and assessed to strict NFQ Level 8 standard

- small class sizes to foster, encourage and sustain discussion-orientated assessments.

Course Details
Psychological Principles & Theories Applied to Real World Situations

The course theory is grounded by experiments, case studies and practical application.

This programme will appeal to any graduate with an interest in psychology. It will also act as a bridging gap to those who want to continue on to the competitive Higher Diploma in Psychology courses available in Irish Universities such as UCD, Trinity and UCC. Our Head of Psychology, Dr. Derek Dorris has designed a Level 8 course which teaches a contemporary theoretical and applied approach to Psychology. Where possible, conceptual and practical links will be established between our psychology content and content typical to non-psychology subjects so that students will be allowed to build on what they already know rather than beginning from scratch. In addition to these broader goals, our most important concern when providing third level education in psychology is with offering a cutting edge programme that captures and imparts a modern understanding of psychology.

We aim to provide a series of modules which individually reflect the natural relationship between theory and practice and when taken together give one a comprehensive sense of how the core areas of psychology work together. If students are not concerned with developing as broad a knowledge base as the entire certificate course provides, they are free to complete any of the modules individually. On their own, the modules will give students a fairly rounded understanding of psychology; however, taken together they will give students a full and comprehensive introduction to psychology that will allow for immediate adaptation to the first year in a Higher Diploma course.

Our programme provides students with an education in psychology that strikes a healthy balance between theoretical and applied issues. One that gives the students a realistic notion of how the mind works in the real world, and more generally one that is defined by our commitment to excellence.

Learning Outcomes
Aiming at Level 8, the overarching learning outcomes for this certificate would be:

Detailed specialised knowledge across the core areas of psychology.
An understanding of the theory, concepts, and methods pertaining to the field of psychology.
Recognition of limitations of current knowledge.
Familiarity with sources of new knowledge and some cutting edge research across the core areas of psychology.
Integration of concepts across the core areas of psychology.

Critically evaluate of a wide range of sources.
To act in variable and unfamiliar learning contexts.
To take responsibility for achieving personal and group outcomes.
To exercise judgement in planning, design, and supervisory functions related to tasks.
To take initiative to interact effectively in a learning group.

Entry requirements

1. Applicants need to have successfully completed a Bachelor Degree or equivalent*

2. Entry is by application form.

Students without a Bachelor Degree can apply for the Certificate in Psychology

*Transcripts will be required before the course commences.

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course. Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.


One Year, part-time. (October - May). Every Monday & Wednesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

Subjects taught

PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology: A Unified Perspective - October 2016
PSY 102: Biological & Neuropsychology - November 2016
PSY 103: Cognitive & Sport Psychology - January 2017
PSY 104: Social & Criminal Psychology - February 2017
PSY 105: Personality & Abnormal Psychology - March 2017
PSY 106: Health & Wellbeing Psychology - April 2017

Modules can be taken individually where upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded. The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology will only be awarded when all six modules are completed and all assessments passed.


Award: PCI College Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology

Venue: PCI College, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2.

Assessment method

Each course module (24 hours) is assessed separately by:
Written Examination
Continuous Assessment
Tutorial Performance
Group Presentation

Course fee

PCI College tuition fees for the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology are as follows:

€2,000 Full Course of six modules (€1,800 for Students & Graduates of the PCI College BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy)


€400 per Module (€350 for PCI Students & Graduates)

In order to facilitate students, PCI College has introduced a monthly Direct Debit Plan. Please note that there is an extra charge of €80 for this option.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date Full Course: October 2016.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!