HDip Psychotherapy Studies

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 60)

This one year full-time Higher Diploma programme provides an introduction to the major modalities of psychotherapy, to psychoanalysis and to psychiatric/mental health practice. It can be a very solid foundation for clinical training in psychotherapy. UCD Psychotherapy offers four clinical training MSc programmes.

  • Offers an introduction to the psychotherapies and prepares students for further specialist training.
  • Provides an academic foundation in the theoretical and clinical literature in the field.
  • Tailored not only to trainees or practitioners in disciplines within the mental health arena but also to applicants from non-cognate areas who may be considering embarking on a clinical training in psychotherapy.
  • Taught by experienced practitioners.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Graduates with Level 8 (NFQ) BA or BSc, or equivalent Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), are eligible to apply for the Higher Diploma. Academic qualification at postgraduate level is becoming an integral part of a professional career path in psychotherapy and a knowledge of the different modalities of psychotherapy is strongly recommended. The Higher Diploma can provide a very important knowledge of psychotherapy practices for anyone with a leadership role in mental health services, whether clinical or operational. It has been recommended for psychiatrists in, or heading towards, consultant posts involving leadership of Multi-Disciplinary Teams. Graduates of the Higher Diploma can make an informed decision on a modality of psychotherapy in which to train and may be interested in applying for one of the four clinical training MSc programmes offered by UCD Psychotherapy.

HDip Psychotherapy Studies (X838) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 6550
nonEU    fee per year - € 13530

***Fees are subject to change

  • Open to applicants with a Honours Level 8 (NFQ) qualification or equivalent experience-based prior learning.
  • Most relevant to workers in the field of mental health practice and health work generally as well as those involved in education and social care provision but applicants from outside these fields are also most welcome.
  • Relevant professional experience and qualification is welcome but not a prerequisite. 

Applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to show evidence of a commitment to the study of psychotherapy.

Application for this course must be made on-line at www.ucd.ie/apply.

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Psychotherapy Studies FT (X838)
1 Years
Full Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised