UCC Postgraduate courses

Psychology (Conversion Course)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Psychology (Conversion Course)

  • Code

    CKA01 Full-time; CKA46 Part-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 years Full-time; 4 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Candidates should normally have at least a 2H1 honours degree in any subject. Previous study of psychology, although not a requirement is highly advantageous See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    3rd April, 2018

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    3rd April 2018

  • Start Date

    10 September 2018

Course Outline

The Higher Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course to psychology for students with degrees in subjects other than psychology or with psychology as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diplomain Psychology effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the main subject.

It is designed for non-psychology graduates who wish to gain a qualification that makes them eligible to become Graduate Members of the relevant professional society, The Psychological Society of Ireland. This is a pre-requisite for accredited professional training in psychology.

Core areas taught on the programme include:

  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Therapies

*In addition to the above, successful applicants who have not completed the equivalent of year 1 of the BA in Applied Psychology will be expected to attend a brief course prior to commencing on the Higher Diploma in Psychology.

For further details of the programme modules and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 4 years.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

Course Practicalities

The commitment in terms of hours would be 300 for a full time student (spread over 24 teaching weeks). Part-time students work out a suitable timetable once they have applied for and been accepted onto the Higher Diploma programme. This would involve a commitment of around 150 hours over the teaching year (more or less depending on what modules are taken in each of the four years). Please note that the entire Higher Diploma programme is taught during the day.


Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules

Who teaches this course

Dr. Zelda Di Blasi and Staff in the School of Applied Psychology, UCC

Why Choose This Course

The Higher Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course for graduates with degrees in disciplines other than psychology or for those who have taken psychology as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diploma in Psychology effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the major subject. Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Psychology are eligible to become members of a relevant professional society (The Psychological Society of Ireland - PSI or the British Psychological Society - BPS). Membership of these national psychological organisations is a prerequisite for most postgraduate training in psychology.

Skills and Careers Information

The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an entry level qualification (equivalent to a degree). Completion of the programme entitles graduates to membership of the PSI or BPS a prerequisite for most postgraduate training or research programmes. Clear and comprehensive information on postgraduate opportunities and career development may be found on these national society websites at www.psihq.ie or www.bps.org.uk.


Candidates should normally have at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I degree in any subject. 

Previous study of psychology, although not a requirement is highly advantageous

The Additional/Supplementary Statement Question MUST also be completed during the online application. Relevant previous experience of psychology should be included in this statement

Some shortlisted Applicants may be interviewed during selectionProgrammes will run subject to minimum quotas of places being filled

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €6,500 .

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here: CKA01AdditionalQuestions

All applicants must supply the names and contact details (address, email address and phone number) for two referees, during the selection process (one an academic source and the other from a (either voluntary or paid), who may be contacted by the School of Applied Psychology, UCC

Some shortlisted Applicants may be interviewed during selection.

Please note that if your application is successful, deferrals are not permitted on this programme

The closing date for non-EU applications is 3rd April 2018

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