Course Overview

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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 University of 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 University of 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.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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 University of 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).

Additional Requirements


2 years, full-time

Next start date

September 2023

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Course Outline

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 Information

Curriculum 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'.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,010 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Tuition

€4,870 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2022/23

Fees: Non EU

€13,440 p.a. 2022/23


Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

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    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)