Psychology Courses

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology (Level 8)

Providing cutting-edge psychology education for aspiring H.Dip students and graduates with a general interest in psychology.

  • full and comprehensive introduction - develop a broad knowledge base in psychology
  • balance between theoretical and applied issues
  • designed,  taught and assessed to strict NFQ Level 8 standard
  • small class sizes to foster, encourage and sustain discussion-orientated assessments. 
 

Course Details

Psychology....Applied

Psychological Principles & Theories Applied to Real World Situations
The course theory is grounded by experiments, case studies and practical application. 

This programme will appeal to any Graduates with an interest in psychology. It will also act as a bridging gap to those who want to continue on to the competitive Higher Diploma in Psychology courses available in Irish Universities such as UCD, Trinity and UCC.  Our Head of Psychology, Dr. Derek Dorris has designed a Level 8 course which teaches a contemporary theoretical and applied approach to Psychology. Where possible, conceptual and practical links will be established between our psychology content and content typical to non-psychology subjects so that students will be allowed to build on what they already know rather than beginning from scratch. In addition to these broader goals, our most important concern when providing third level education in psychology is with offering a cutting edge programme that captures and imparts a modern understanding of psychology.

We aim to provide a series of modules which individually reflect the natural relationship between theory and practice and when taken together give one a comprehensive sense of how the core areas of psychology work together.  If students are not concerned with developing as broad a knowledge base as the entire certificate course provides, they are free to complete any of the modules individually. On their own, the modules will give students a fairly rounded understanding of psychology because of the way in which we have decided to teach them. However, taken together they will give students a full and comprehensive introduction to psychology that will allow for immediate adaptation to the first year in a Higher Diploma course.  
 
Our programme provides students with an education in psychology that strikes a healthy balance between theoretical and applied issues. One that gives the students a realistic notion of how the mind works in the real world, and more generally one that is defined by our commitment to excellence.
 
Venue: City Centre
 
Next Start Date: September 2014.
Please note that the module dates given are subject to change and you will be notified of any change as soon as the timetable has been finalised.
 

Every Monday & Wednesday 6.30pm - 9.30pm
 
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology: A Unified Perspective - September 2014
PSY 102: Biological & Neuropsychology - November 2014
PSY 103: Cognitive & Sport Psychology - December 2014
PSY 104: Social & Criminal Psychology - January 2015
PSY 105: Personality & Abnormal Psychology - March 2015
PSY 106: Health & Wellbeing Psychology - April 2015
 
Modules can be taken individually where upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be awarded. The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology will only be awarded when all six modules are completed and all assessments passed.
 
Duration: One Year, part-time. (September - May)
 
Assessment:  Each course module (24 hours) is assessed separately by:
  • Written Examination
  • Continuous Assessment
  • Tutorial Performance 
  • Group Presentation

Award:
 PCI College Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology

Dr. Derek Dorris

(B.A.), masters (M.Litt.), and PhD in Psychology
Head of Psychology

Dr. Derek Dorris is one of Ireland's leading cognitive scientists who previous to coming to PCI College held the position of College Lecturer in University College Cork for five years. Dr. Dorris is a graduate of University College Dublin where he obtained a degree (B.A.), Masters (M.Litt.), and PhD in Psychology. He has published in top ranked international peer-reviewed journals and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship. His background is in cognitive psychology with specific interests in self-regulation, motor cognition, and sport psychology.

Read Dr. Dorris' Article on the Course



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PSYCOLOGY...APPLIED

PSY101
 
“Why do children go through a “me” phase?”

“How do children learn right from wrong?”
 
PSY102
 
“How can 3 pounds of brain matter produce thought, emotion, memory, and consciousness?”
 
PSY103
 
“Why can’t I stop worrying about minor problems?”

“Why did I miss that 2 foot putt?”
 
PSY104
 
“Why is eyewitness misidentification the greatest cause of wrongful convictions?”.... playing a role in nearly 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing?

"Does Criminal Profiling really work?"
 
PSY105
 
“Is intelligence real?”

“How do we treat psychosis?”
 
PSY106
 
“Why can’t I maintain a healthy lifestyle?”
 
“Why can’t I stop thinking about having a cigarette?”
 

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