Diploma in Psychological Abnormality



Course: Diploma in Psychological Abnormality

Start date: Monday, 24 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.


Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)


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The course takes place over 10 weeks with three annual intakes – in February, April and  September. The Diploma is comprised of two separate yet related components:

  • Theory: Introduction to various concepts and theories concerning how we may best conceptualise, investigate, and work usefully with people through the study and practice of abnormal psychology. Abnormal Psychology is, in fact, a broad collection of diverse sub-fields of study. This is reflected in the range of topics covered throughout.
  • Project: Students will also be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be a 2,500 word (+/- 200 words) essay detailing either a broad overview of what is meant by the term ‘abnormal psychology’, a description of key features of a specific area within abnormal psychology, or a review of psychological literature critical of the concept of abnormality. Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback. Referencing guidelines will be provided – students will be expected to support their views by referencing a certain amount of published material.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2), from our campus in Dundrum, Dublin 16 and online.

  • Topics covered will include:

    • Abnormal and normal behaviour
    • The biological basis of abnormal behaviour
    • Depression and mood disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Schizophrenia
    • Eating Disorders
    • Psychological and Social Perspectives on Abnormality
    • Antipsychiatry

  • A ‘Pass’ grade on the written assignment (Project) will be required for the award. A ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie