HDipA (Psychology—Conversion)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The HDipPsych (Conversion) is a one-year, full-time programme designed for students who have completed the BA with Psychological Studies at NUI Galway, or its equivalent. By combining the HDipPsych (Conversion) with the BA with Psychological Studies, students will have covered the course content equivalent to that of the NUI Galway BA in Psychology programme, thus qualifying graduates for entry to postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland and in the United Kingdom.


Key facts

Entry requirements

Places will be allocated on the order of results awarded at the first (summer) sitting of the Final Year of Psychological Studies at NUI Galway or an equivalent course. Students whose degree examination is not complete till autumn (August) by reason of repeating or deferral may be considered for admission one year later. Students must achieve honours in both their degree subjects, except in the case of pass level mathematical subjects only where a ‘commendation’ level is required.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 8

Closing date: 12th June 2015

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

Students on the HDipPsych (Conversion) programme undertake selected modules from the BA Psychology Second and Third Year programme. The menu includes modules on the psychology of learning; perception, attention and performance; applied organisational psychology; psychological measurement (theory and practice); advanced research methods (both quantitative and qualitative) and computer skills training (SPSS). Students take part in a series of experimental workshops throughout the academic year and, in addition, are required to complete an independent research project under supervision. Finally, a recent innovation allows students to choose their final module from a selection of available electives.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr AnnMarie Groarke, BA, MA, HDipEd, PhD, AFPsSI 
  • Dr Olive Healy BA, PhD, BCBA-D 
  • Dr Brian Hughes BA (Psych), PhD, AFPsSI, Reg Psychol (PsSI) 
  • Dr Ian Stewart BA, HDipPsych, PhD 
  • Dr Padraig McNeela BA, PhD 
  • Dr Caroline Heary BA, MPsychSc, PhD 
  • Dr Denis O'Hora BA, PhD, BCBA, CSci, CPsychol (BPS)

Requirements and assessment

Assessment on the HDipPsych (Conversion) programme includes a variety of forms of continuous assessment, examination and minor dissertation across two semesters.

Find out more

Ms Anne Marie Keane
School of Psychology
NUI Galway
T +353 91 493 097
E annemarie.keane@nuigalway.ie 

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,965 p.a. 2015/16 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,741 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

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