An introduction to the main topics of modern psychology.


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

Starting September 2023

Prices €895

(Instalment Price €995)

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.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

A Written Assignment of 2,500 words.

Dr. Orla Moran

Dr. Orla Moran is currently a postdoctoral research associate with the NetwellCASALA research centre for aging in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). With a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology, Orla completed a PhD in Contextual Behavioural Science at University College Dublin (UCD). Orla’s current work includes examining the behaviour change impact of digital interventions, on older people with cardiac conditions. Orla has taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students at UCD and DkIT. As an Assistant Psychologist with ACT Now Ireland, she has delivered training in third wave therapies such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to both professionals and clinical populations. Orla has worked on the Changing Lives Initiative, within which she conducted a process and cost-effectiveness evaluation of the Incredible Years Parenting Programme for behaviours consistent with ADHD across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Orla is a member of the Editorial Board for the international Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the main features, characteristics, core principles and concepts of two of the major psychological perspectives

2. Identify the main therapies, interventions, practical and ethical boundaries of each psychological perspective within care and other settings

3. Explain how each perspective contributes to an understanding of individual and group behaviour

4. Gain an understanding of the research methods and ethical issues involved in the study of psychology

5. Apply theory and research to work practice with due regards for ethics

6. Examine the nature of attitudes and beliefs

7. Apply skills/knowledge to typical work-based problems.

Related Courses

Diploma in Counselling Psychology

Diploma in Addiction Studies

Further Information

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