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The HDipPsych (Full) is a two-year, full-time programme for graduates who have already received a higher degree in a field other than Psychology but who wish to pursue Psychology as a career option. By completing the HDipPsych (Full), you will cover course content equivalent to that of the NUI Galway BA Psychology programme, thus qualifying you for entry to postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The HDipPsych (Full) is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and thus satisfies the requirements specified by PSI for graduate status in psychology. The programme qualifies graduates for entry to postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
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Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
- Dr John Bogue, BA (Hons), MSc, DClinPsy, AFBPsS, CPsychol, AFPsSI, RegPsychol (PsSI), CSci
- Professor Ruth Curtis, BA, MA, HDipEd, PhD, AFPsSI, AFBPsS, CPsychol
- Dr Mark Elliott CSci, BA (Hons.) (Open), MSc (Bham.), PhD (Lond.)
- Dr AnnMarie Groarke, BA, MA, HDipEd, PhD, AFPsSI
- Dr Caroline Heary, BA, MPsychSc, PhD
- Dr Michael Hogan, BA, CNA, PhD
- Dr Brian M. Hughes, BA, PhD, Reg Psychol (PsSI), AFPsSI
- Ms Anne Marie Keane, BA, MLitt
- Dr Padraig Mac Neela, BA, PhD
- Dr. Denis O'Hora BA, PhD, BCBA, CSci, CPsychol (BPS)
- Dr. Kiran Sarma, BA, PhD, C.Psychol
- Dr Ian Stewart, BA, HDipPsych, PhD
Requirements and Assessment
Assessment on the HDipPsych (Full) programme varies from module to module. Many modules are assessed by examination and some wholly or partially through continuous assessment. Work submitted for continuous assessment includes written essays, written reports, presentations and research projects.
The programme is intended for graduates with at least a Second Class Honours level in any field other than Psychology. Places are awarded on the basis of academic merit. The two-year HDipPsych (Full) is not intended for graduates who have the BA (Omnibus) with Psychological Studies from NUI Galway (or its equivalent as deemed by the College of Arts), which is intended to synchronise with the one-year full-time HDip in Psychology (Conversion).
2 years, full-time
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Mode of study
The programme provides detailed training in the science of psychology. Students take modules from the BA Psychology second and third year programme.
The modules on offer include those on the psychology of learning; memory and cognition; developmental psychology; perception, attention and performance; biological psychology; issues in cognitive neuroscience; applied organisational psychology; social psychology; health 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 two academic years and, in addition, are required to complete a research project under supervision in their final year. Finally, a recent innovation allows students to choose elective modules across both academic years.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required PS338: Theories of Personality - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS214: Developmental Psychology 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS413: Qualitative Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS412: Experimental Psychology Workshop I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS220: Psychology of Learning - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS403: Biological Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS415: Perception, Attention & Performance - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS428: Social Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS320: Memory & Cognition - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS219: Research Methods in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS3104: Professional Skills in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS414: Experimental Psychology Workshop 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional PS340: Neuropsychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS408: Human Sexuality - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS342: Introduction to Positive Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS405: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS420: Psychological Measurement: Theory & Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS334: Applied Behaviour Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS325: Research Project 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PS322: Health Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PS3101: Modelling Learning and Decision Making - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS341: Introduction to Collaborative Enquiry & Applied Systems Science - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS3103: Health and Well-Being: Theory & Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS3102: Brain and Behaviour: Theory & Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS339: Behavioural Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS329: Service Learning in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PS3106: Language & Cognition: A Contextual Behavioural Approach - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PS427: Forensic, Abnormal & Clinical Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PS3100: Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PS418: Issues in the Cognitive Neurosciences - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PS327: Research Project 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Why Choose This Course?
This programme provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate courses of study and careers in a variety of areas. Completing this degree will enable a graduate to gain access to further training to become a professional psychologist (e.g., a clinical, counselling or occupational psychologist) or to undertake a research degree in psychology (e.g., a PhD in Psychology).
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.