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The purpose of the course is to provide a pre-professional qualification in psychology, which confers eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and allows a student to proceed to postgraduate training, including higher degrees by research, and to specialise in an area of professional psychology. It is a two year full-time course based on lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and research projects.
Candidates for admission to the Higher Diploma in Psychology must hold a primary degree, in any discipline normally with at least an upper second-class honors. Application for entry is not via the CAO system.
Students will cover the following areas of psychology, as required for professional accreditation: