Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology (PSI accredited)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

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Introduction

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Accreditation Body: The Psychological Society of Ireland

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology is for graduates who wish to pursue a professional career or postgraduate study in psychology but who don't hold an honours degree in psychology.

The course enables students to study key areas of psychology in a thriving research environment and, through a supervised research dissertation, explore practical issues of interest and relevance to a range of theoretical and occupational fields. Students will develop a firm knowledge base in psychology and gain experience of the research process that will build upon the skills and knowledge that they have already acquired in earlier studies. The Higher Diploma represents the necessary first step to becoming a professional psychologist. Upon successful completion of the Higher Diploma, depending upon the final grade, graduates will be eligible to apply to enter postgraduate training courses in their chosen specialisation and ultimately gain employment in their area of expertise.

Students will be encouraged to consider entering their own analysis as a fundamental requirement for engagement with this field.

Key Features of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology

  • Designed for non psychology graduates and those seeking to pursue a professional career or postgraduate study in psychology

  • The programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) - the professional body for Psychologists in Ireland

  • The Higher Diploma in Arts in  Psychology is an internationally recognised programme that allows application for graduate membership of relevant psychological societies including the British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • The course is of particular interest to those who wish to enhance their current work practices e.g. Health and social care professionals, teachers, HR Managers, Voluntary and Community sector workers and many more

  • It is also of interest to those who would like to develop their skills and knowledge in the field of Psychology

  • The course represents the first necessary step to becoming a professional Psychologist

  • Successful graduates may apply to enter postgraduate training courses in their chosen specialisation and ultimately gain employment in their area of expertise

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

  • A primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution, or 

  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

Course Content

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology programme has the following content:

Core Modules

History and Schools in Psychology

Social Psychology

Data Analysis and Computing

Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology

Modelling Cognitive Systems

Behaviour Analysis

Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

Research Design in Psychology

Dvelopmental Psychology

Biopsychology

Abnormal Psychology

Personality and Individual Differences

Health Psychology

Organisational Psychology

Human Performance

Research Project

Assessment Methods

Throughout the course some modules are assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations, or by continuous assessment alone. Continuous assessment will vary in style and purpose from module to module, depending upon the nature of the subject material and the teaching and learning objectives of the module. Assessments may include essays, multiple-choice questionnaire, short-answer in-class exam, oral presentation, group work and poster presentations. Examinations are typically held in January and  late April/ early May.

Structure

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology extends over 2 academic years of full-time study, or 2 academic years of part-time study.

In year 1, students undertake the study of 8 mandatory subjects that are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of core areas and disciplines and to provide a platform for more advanced study at year 2.

In year 2, students undertake a further 7 mandatory subjects that build on the year 1 foundation and further develop students understanding of applied areas and key subjects of Psychology. Furthermore, students also undertake a mandatory research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

On a part-time basis students will attend classes two evenings per week from 6.15pm-9.30pm and may opt to study a maximum of 4 modules per semester.

Advice and confirmation of module selection will be made available to students before course commencement.

The programme will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, study skills workshops, practical laboratory work and field study work.

Career Opportunities

This programme is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the professional body for psychology in Ireland. DBS was the first college outside the university sector to receive accreditation from the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Graduates may progress to postgraduate training or professional training within psychology. In addition, students will be equipped with the specialised knowledge and skills that will enable them to pursue successful, responsible, and useful careers in a number of areas of employment relating to Psychology.

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology is an internationally recognised programme that allows application for graduate membership of relevant psychological societies including the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Fees

The course fees for the next academic year are €4,750 full-time and part-time. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

Click here for a full list of DBS Postgraduate fees. You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology.  As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic documents   

  • Academic transcripts  

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  

  • A Curriculum Vitae  

  • References from your employer/school/college  

  • A statement of purpose 

  • A copy of your passport 

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.  Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2016

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

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Award: Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level: Level ​8
Award Title: Higher Diploma in Arts in Psycho​logy
Award Type: Major
Duration: 
Full-time: 2 Years
Part-time: 2 Years

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2016. Contact our admissions team for more information

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