UCC Adult courses

Social and Psychological Health Studies - Dip

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

This course is for practitioners involved in personal and social development in the community. If your practice training has been through either structured experiential learning or apprenticeship processes it will give you an understanding of the principal theoretical positions that shape contemporary academic discourses within your field of work. Upon completing the course, you will be able to theorise, evaluate and be intellectually accountable for your practice.

The Diploma in Social and Psychological Health is for those who have completed training in the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP), practitioners in the areas of personal and social development in the community and activists working for individual and community health and well-being. If your practice training has been through structured, experiential learning it will give you an understanding of the main theories that shape contemporary academic discourses within your field of work. Training with SHEP is an advantage.

Expression Of Interest

Course Practicalities

This course takes place one evening per week and 10 days (weekends) each year from September to May


The assignments for the modules on this course are either a 2,000-word essay or a 2,000-word personal learning journal. The assignment title for each module is designed by the module lecturer.

Who teaches this course

  • UCC staff
  • SHEP staff
  • External lecturers

Why Choose This Course

This diploma course offers an enriching programme which surpassed my expectations. Its structure and delivery are excellent; its climate supportive.I am delighted to recommend it.

Nuala McDonnell


Students like this course because it includes experiential workshops and the modules reflect the multi-dimensional character of health and well-being. Half of the assignments are personal learning journals, which require the students to reflect on their personal experience, their practice and their learning in the course. The remaining assignments are essays and the course incorporates workshops on essay writing skills to support students who may be studying at third level for the first time.

This diploma course is relevant to a wide range of employments though it is not a practitioner training or a professional qualification.


  • At least 21 by 1 January of year of application
  • Hold Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification
  • A practitioner or experience in personal or social development (or both)
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score.

Diploma programmes are offered subject to a minimum number of eligible applicants registering for the programme.   Following completion of year 1 of this programme, should a sufficient number of eligible students not wish to progress form year 1 to year 2 of this programme as to make the year 2 viable, students will graduate with a certificate at that point.  Programme viability is determined by reference to fee income and applicable costs in running the programme.

Fees and Costs

€990 academic year

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

Should you have any queries on this, please contact  Programme Coordinator Órna Hayes at orna.hayes@ucc.ie 

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]



Contact details for this course

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