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International Study Programs

HDip in Psychology (Conversion Course)

HDip in Psychology (Conversion Course)

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

The Higher Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course for graduates with degrees in disciplines other than psychology or for those who have taken psychology as a minor subject. Completion of the Higher Diploma in Psychology effectively converts your degree to the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the major subject.

It is designed for non-psychology graduates who wish to gain a qualification that makes them eligible to become Graduate Members of the relevant professional society, The Psychological Society of Ireland. 

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Course Delivery

The commitment in terms of hours would be 300 for a full time student (spread over 24 teaching weeks). Part-time students work out a suitable timetable once they have applied for and been accepted onto the Higher Diploma programme. This would involve a commitment of around 150 hours over the teaching year (more or less depending on what modules are taken in each of the four years). Please note that the entire Higher Diploma programme is taught during the day.

Careers

The Higher Diploma in Psychology is an entry level qualification (equivalent to a degree).   Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Psychology are eligible to become members of a relevant professional society (The Psychological Society of Ireland - PSI or the British Psychological Society - BPS). Membership of these national psychological organisations is a prerequisite for most postgraduate training in psychology.

Course Outline

Core areas taught on the programme include:

  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Therapies

*In addition to the above, successful applicants who have not completed the equivalent of year 1 of the BA in Applied Psychology will be expected to attend a brief course prior to commencing on the Higher Diploma in Psychology.

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Course Info

Course Code : CKA01

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : Two years

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Tuition Fee - International Fees (per year)

13,000

Medicover Standard per year (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.



Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is September 11, 2017.  The CLOSING DATE for applications by the university is March 1, 2017.  

IVC will be accepting application only until March 1, 2017 as well.  This 6-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

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Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process. 



Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement. You must have at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I degree in any subject.  Previous study of Psychology is highly advantageous.

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  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 7.0
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 100. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 23; Speaking 22; Reading 21.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 67 with no section score below 63.

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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