Diploma in Psychology

Diploma in Psychology

Course: Diploma in Psychology

Start date: Monday, 23 September 2019

Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

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 €995 per course.

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

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

Diploma in Psychology accredited by ICM

The Diploma in Psychology at City Colleges aims to introduce students to the main topics often taught in modern psychology courses. These topics include developmental and lifespan psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological basis of behaviour, personality theory and individual differences, abnormal psychology, research design and methods, and psychological therapies. Students will also gain experience of research through a project to be completed within one month of completion of lectures. The focus of the Diploma is theoretical although discussion and practical examples of relevance will be discussed throughout. Graduates will possess a broad, basic understanding of modern psychology following completion of the Diploma. They may use such learning to decide if further studies in psychology would be of interest to them. Alternatively, students may simply complete the Diploma out of interest regarding the manner in which modern psychology aims to investigate and better understand the human mind and behaviour. Professionals in related disciplines such as counselling, etc, may also be eligible to consider completion of the course for CPD (continuing professional development) purposes.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2), from our campus in Templeogue, Dublin 6W and online.

  • The course takes place over 10 weeks with two annual intakes – one in September and one in February. 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 psychology. 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 ‘psychology’, a description of key features of a specific area within psychology, or a review of the psychological literature regarding a specific application of psychological theory. 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.

    • Introduction to psychology: History, present-day features, and comparison with related professions.
    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental and lifespan psychology
    • Cognitive psychology.
    • Personality theory and individual differences.
    • Biological basis of behaviour.
    • Research design and methods in psychology.
    • Abnormal psychology.
    • Therapeutic approaches.
    • Career options in psychology.

  • A ‘Pass’ grade on the written assignment (Project) will be required for the award of the Diploma in Psychology. 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.

  • Marie Percival

    Irish Research Council Scholar

    B.A. (Hons) in Psychology Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) PhD candidate (Department of Psychology) National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM).

    Graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Member of the Division of Health Psychology (PSI).

    Teaching experience

    Marie is an Associate Lecturer (Psychology) with the Open University in Ireland and is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Psychology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM).

    Clinical experience Marie has worked as a psychotherapist in both private practice and in community settings. She possesses a wide range of relevant skills acquired through extensive experience of working with individuals coping with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems including depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Marie also worked with individuals who have experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse in childhood. Utilizing an eclectic approach from a variety of theoretical perspectives including Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, the main focus of her clinical work was within a Cognitive and Behavioural framework (CBT).

    Additional Interests Marie is also interested in the role of acceptance based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in coping with mental health issues and the role of Mindfulness in managing chronic pain conditions. As part of her postgraduate studies, Marie is conducting research on the psychology of migraine to better understand the influential role of cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors in adaptation to this primary headache disorder.

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

For More Information

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


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