Psychology (Conversion Course) HDip

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Course Code: CKA01 Full-time; CKA46 Part-time

Course Title: Psychology (Conversion Course)

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Psychology (Conversion Course)

Duration: 2 years Full-time; 4 years Part-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time

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

Qualifications: HDip

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU €6,500 per year full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study.

Entry Requirements: Candidates should normally have at least a 2.1 honours degree in any subject. Previous study of psychology, although not a requirement is highly advantageous (see detailed entry requirements)

Closing Date: Applications now closed for 2017/2018

Next Intake: September 2018


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.



Course Details

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

Detailed Entry Requirements

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 selection

Programmes will run subject to minimum quotas of places being filledA

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. 

Application Procedure

Application for the Higher Diploma in Psychology involves:

Applying online at (Course code CKA01 Full-time or CKA46 Part-time).

Completing a specific additional supplementary question as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of this supplementary question is available to view 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

Non-UCC applicants must also submit evidence of any qualification(s) (academic results and certificates/parchments) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English Language proficiency (if applicable) either by UPLOADING via the PAC "Application Status" link or by post to the Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your online Postgraduate Application Number).

Some shortlisted Applicants may be interviewed during selection

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

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. Mike Murphy and Staff in the School of Applied Psychology, UCC

Further Contact Information

Programme Coordinator,
HDip in Psychology
School of Applied Psychology
Tel. 00 353 21 490 4551 / 490 4552

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