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:
Year 1 core modules:
PSY10080 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY10060 Brain and Behaviour
PSY20150 Foundations of Psychology
PSY20020 Child and Adolescent Development
PSY20060 Psychology of Language
PSY20080 Visual and Social Cognition
PSY20160 Research Methods and Statistics II
PSY20050 Psychology Labs I
PSY30110 Psychology Labs II
Year 2 core modules:
PSY30050 Behavioural Neuroscience
PSY30340 Intelligence and Personality
PSY30040 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
PSY30140 Advanced Social Psychology
PSY30350 Research Methods and Statistics III
PSY30360 Psychology Research Project
Students must earn an additional 15 credits per year from a list of optional modules. A wide variety of topics are offered, including modules on clinical psychology, health psychology, cross-cultural psychology, sports psychology and the psychology of crime. More information on these modules may be found at the following link: Module Listing. Please note that some modules may not be offered in a particular year, and the programme structure may change from year to year.
Students may also choose to complete the programme part-time over four years. This will involve attending classes 2-3 days per week during normal business hours. Queries about the structure of the part-time programme may be addressed to Mary Boyle.