Diploma in Introduction to Psychology

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



Click here to view provisional Spring 2018 timetable.

The Diploma in Introduction to Psychology introduces students to the most widely recognised and popular topics in the field of psychology, and does so in an entertaining and intellectually stimulating way. Having successfully completed the diploma (and having met minimum entry requirements for modular students), students can proceed to study on the BA (Hons) in Psychology in DBS School of Arts.

Programme Aims and Objectives

The overall aim of the programme is to provide a lucid introduction to the area of psychology. The goals of the Diploma in Introduction to Psychology are to inspire an appreciation for an empirical approach to human behaviour, to produce intelligent consumers of psychological information and to address the role of psychology in promoting human welfare and solving social problems.


To be awarded the Diploma in Introduction to Psychology, a student will be required to complete a written assessment (100%) during the course. The assessment may take the form of an essay, in class short answers, presentations, group work, poster presentations or writing up a mini-experiment.

Programme  Content

Introduction to Psychology

This lecture introduces students to the topic of psychology and highlights the scientific nature of the study of mind and behaviour.

Cognitive Psychology

This lecture introduces students to the area of sensation and perception. It demonstrates the role of perception through the use of visual illusions.  

Development across the Lifespan

This aspect of the course takes students through the development of the person from birth right through to old age, along with the various problems that they encounter whist developing.


This topic introduces students to one of the key concepts in Behavioural Analysis, and demonstrates its’ role in everyday life.

Stress & Coping

The section of the course will look at the causes, the factors that influence and the effects of stress along with the various coping strategies used to deal with it.


The area of the programme will examine the various theories of personality and discuss the central debates in the area.  

Psychological Disorders

This topic will focus on providing an overview of the various psychological disorders and their prevalence in society today.  

Social Influence and Conformity

This area of the course focuses one of the key concepts in Social Psychology, which are applicable to everyday life.  


During the programme it is hoped that students will draw on their own life experiences and that communication will be two way rather than lecture driven. It is intended that classes will be supplemented by multi-media learning including practical experiments. The emphasis will be at all times on interaction and participation. The Diploma will provide an opportunity for a variety of learner-focused activities and will also provide a further opportunity to support and develop learner engagement with the programme.

Career Progression Opportunities

Students will also be able to apply the skills they have learned during the programme to a variety of areas including careers in the public sector, especially social services, caring professionals, legal areas or nursing vocations. Others in the management and business fields will also find the components of the course extremely valuable.

Further Study Options

As this Diploma programme provides students with a foundation in the area of psychology students many wish to progress on to the BA (Hons) in Psychology evening Degree (minimum entry requirements will apply).

Student Profile

Typically, participants on the programme can be divided into two categories. Some students have a general interest in the area of the psychology and consequently wish to pursue this interest by entering and completing the Diploma in Introduction to Psychology. Other students undertake the diploma as an introduction to studying in the field of the psychology and then, having successfully completed the diploma (and having met minimum entry requirements for modular students), proceed to study on the BA (Hons) in Psychology in DBS School of Arts.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,​325.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-​9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 1​0 weeks ​Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm