Diploma in Psychology


Diploma in Psychology

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Psychology

Course Award

Award: City Colleges Diploma
NFQ: Not Applicable

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
Monday, 27 January 2020

10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course Fee

Course Fee:

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295


An introduction to the main topics of modern psychology

The Diploma in Psychology at City Colleges aims to introduce students to the main topics often taught on modern psychology courses. These topics include developmental and lifespan psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological basis of behaviour, personality theory and individual differences, abnormal psychology, research design and methods, and psychological therapies. Students will also gain experience of research through a project to be completed within one month of completion of lectures. The focus of the Diploma is theoretical although discussion and practical examples of relevance will be discussed throughout. Graduates will possess a broad, basic understanding of modern psychology following completion of the Diploma. They may use such learning to decide if further studies in psychology would be of interest to them. Alternatively, students may simply complete the Diploma out of interest regarding the manner in which modern psychology aims to investigate and better understand the human mind and behaviour. Professionals in related disciplines such as counselling, etc, may also be eligible to consider completion of the course for CPD (continuing professional development) purposes.

The course takes place over 10 weeks with three annual intakes – in January, April and September. The Diploma is comprised of two separate yet related components:

  • Theory: Introduction to various concepts and theories concerning how we may best conceptualise, investigate, and work usefully with people through the study and practice of psychology. Psychology is, in fact, a broad collection of diverse sub-fields of study. This is reflected in the range of topics covered throughout.
  • Project: Students will also be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be a 2,500 word (+/- 200 words) essay detailing either a broad overview of what is meant by the term ‘psychology’, a description of key features of a specific area within psychology, or a review of psychological literature regarding a specific application of psychological theory. Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback. Referencing guidelines will be provided – students will be expected to support their views by referencing a certain amount of published material.
  • Introduction to psychology: History, present day features, and comparison with related professions.
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and lifespan psychology
  • Cognitive psychology.
  • Personality theory and individual differences.
  • Biological basis of behaviour.
  • Research design and methods in psychology.
  • Abnormal psychology.
  • Therapeutic approaches.
  • Career options in psychology.

IBUTLERIsobel Butler has a BA (Hons) in  Psychology an MSc in Organisational Psychology. Since 1997 she has provided a wide range of services to organisations across both the public and private sector.  Her work has included Training and Development; Organisational Development ; Conflict management ; Respect and dignity and anti- bullying initiatives ; Health and Safety; Partnership Development and Facilitation and mediation.

Since 1997 Isobel has also been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University teaching and supporting adult learners on three undergraduate Psychology modules. From 2001-2012 she delivered a module on Work Organisation on the MBS in Safety and Health in DCU.

Isobel has used mediation, facilitation, joint problem solving skills, and alternative dispute methods to help organisations and their employees manage the conflict situations that have arisen in their workplaces.

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • Why City Colleges?
    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

“During my time at City Colleges, I really appreciated their flexibility (I work full time), the standard of the teaching, the interesting course and the people I met. The online tools are of a high standard and allowed me to keep up to date with my course whilst I was working remotely. I would recommend a course with City Colleges to everyone.”

Joanna Gilfoyle