HDipA (Psychology—Full)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

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), students will cover course content equivalent to that of the NUI Galway BA Psychology programme, thus qualifying graduates for entry to postgraduate professional programmes in Ireland and in 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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The programme is intended for graduates with at least an upper 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 articulate with the one-year fulltime HDip in Psychology (Conversion).

Duration: 2 years, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 8

Closing date: Review dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The HDipPsych (Full) is a two-year full-time postgraduate degree that provides detailed training in the science of psychology. Students on the programme undertake modules from the BA Psychology Second and Third Year programme. 


The menu includes modules 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 an independent research project under supervision in their final year. Finally, a recent innovation allows students to choose an elective module from a selection of available electives across both academic years.

Applications and selections

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

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.

Find out more

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

PAC code

GYA36

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,710 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €4,486 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

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