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The HDipPsychology (Conversion) is a one-year, full-time programme designed for students who have completed the BA in Psychological Studies at University of 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 University of Galway’s BA in Psychology programme, thus qualifying 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 University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
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.
Places will be allocated on the order of results awarded at the first sitting of the final year of Psychological Studies at University of Galway or an equivalent course. Students must achieve honours in both their degree subjects, except in the case of pass-level mathematical subjects where a ‘commendation’ level is required.
1 year, full-time
Next start date
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QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
7 June 2023
Mode of study
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 ones.
This programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and thus satisfies the requirements specified by PSI for graduate status in psychology.
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 PS405: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS420: Psychological Measurement: Theory & Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS412: Experimental Psychology Workshop I - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS413: Qualitative Research Methods - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS220: Psychology of Learning - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PS325: Research Project 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional PS341: Introduction to Collaborative Enquiry & Applied Systems Science - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS3101: Modelling Learning and Decision Making - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS3106: Language & Cognition: A Contextual Behavioural Approach - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS418: Issues in the Cognitive Neurosciences - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS4100: Technology and Health - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS343: Pediatric Clinical Behavioural Interventions - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS345: Applied Developmental Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional PS3107: Introduction to Psychophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS415: Perception, Attention & Performance - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS3104: Professional Skills in Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS414: Experimental Psychology Workshop 2 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required PS327: Research Project 2 - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Why Choose This Course?
This programme provides an excellent foundation for further postgraduate courses of study and careers in a variety of domains. 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
Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.