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HDip Psychology
Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 120)
The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an intensive two-year postgraduate conversion course for graduates with an honours degree in a discipline other than psychology, who would like to take the first step towards a professional career in psychology. 

- Accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
- Internationally recognised degree
- Enables further postgraduate training in clinical, counselling, health and other types of psychology

Entry requirements

Between 15 and 20 students are admitted to the Higher Diploma in Psychology each year. Applications for this program will open on October 1, 2016 and close on March 10, 2017. Applicants may contact Mary Boyle for further information

International Applicants
A number of places on the Higher Diploma in Psychology are offered each year to international applicants. Applications for this programme will open October 1, 2016 and close March 10, 2017. International applicants may contact Mary Boyle in the first instance to indicate their interest in applying for the Higher Diploma in Psychology. International applicants may apply for the Higher Diploma in Psychology through the UCD Online Applications homepage.

The following website provides general information for international students who wish to study at UCD:http://www.ucd.ie/international/

Teaching in Irish Universities is normally through the medium of English. All applicants are therefore required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who are not presenting the subject English in a school-leaving examination which is at least of pass Leaving Certificate standard (e.g. GCSE grade C) must meet the minimum English Language Requirements in relation to TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) specified at the following website: Admission English requirement

Duration

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Mary Boyle
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8369

Subjects taught

The curriculum for the Higher Diploma in Psychology is taught in conjunction with the Honours BA in Psychology. It covers the key areas of psychology required for PSI accreditation, namely
- biological bases of behaviour
- developmental and lifespan psychology
- social psychology
- personality and individual differences
- cognitive psychology
- research design and quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Additionally, you may select elective modules covering a wide range of topics that reflect the diversity of staff interests and expertise within the School of Psychology. You will gain experience with psychological research by completing a series of practical laboratory experiments in psychology in your first year. In second year, you will conduct an individual research project on a topic of your choice under the supervision of an academic staff member. Small group tutorials will provide further support for your learning.

The Higher Diploma in Psychology runs over two years (full time). You will earn 60 ECTS credits in each year. 45 credits in each year are earned from compulsory ‘core’ modules, as listed below:

Stage 1 - Core
Brain and Behaviour
PSY10060
Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY10080
Child & Adolescent Development
PSY20020
Laboratory Practicals in Psychology I
PSY20050
Psychology of Language and Language Acquisition
PSY20060
Visual and Social Cognition
PSY20080
Foundations of Psychology
PSY20150
Research Methods & Stats II
PSY20160
Laboratory Practicals in Psychology II
PSY30110

Stage 1 - Option
Philosophy of Mind
PHIL30030
Introduction to Disability Studies
PSY20100
Introduction to Health Psychology
PSY20110
Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
PSY20130
Clinical Psychology
PSY20170
Counselling Psychology
PSY20180
Psychology for Everyday Life
PSY20200
Psychology and Crime
PSY30080
Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems
PSY30260
Applied Health Psychology
PSY30290
Sport and Exercise Psychology
PSY30310
Career development in psych
PSY30320

Stage 2 - Core
Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY30040
Behavioural Neuroscience
PSY30050
Advanced Social Psychology
PSY30140
Human Intelligence and Personality
PSY30340
Research Methods & Stats III
PSY30350
Psychology Research Project
PSY30360
Psychology Research Project Skills
PSY30420

Stage 2 - Option
Philosophy of Mind
PHIL30030
Introduction to Disability Studies
PSY20100
Introduction to Health Psychology
PSY20110
Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
PSY20130
Clinical Psychology
PSY20170
Counselling Psychology
PSY20180
Psychology for Everyday Life
PSY20200
Psychology and Crime
PSY30080
Advanced Language Development and Bilingualism
PSY30160
Practising organisational psychology: Diagnosing and solving workplace problems
PSY30260
Applied Health Psychology
PSY30290
Sport and Exercise Psychology
PSY30310
Career development in psych
PSY30320
Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY30400
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY30410

Comment

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Applicants for the Higher Diploma in Psychology programme must be graduates with an honours degree, or final year students on an honours degree programme in any discipline. Offers to applicants who are not graduates will be contingent on degree results. The programme welcomes applications from mature students.

The selection process for the Higher Diploma in Psychology will take account of:
- undergraduate record and, where relevant, postgraduate record;
- certified modules or courses in psychology;
- experience of psychology through work or voluntary activities;
- employment record;
- references;
- applicant’s personal statement on the application form.

Professional Accreditation
The degree is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) as a first degree (equivalent to an Honours BA in Psychology), and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership of PSI. The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an internationally recognised degree that allows graduate membership of relevant psychological societies including the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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