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Psychology (Diploma)

9 months (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise to progress to MSc/Doctorate courses in Psychology.

Special Features

Course Description

A minimum of 130 credits are studied. These are selected from the topics currently offered by the school and include the following areas: Research Dissertation, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology and Perception.

The candidates' options are selected together with the Course Tutor, and must be approved by the Board of Studies in Psychology. Practical work is also required.

This is a nine month full-time course, which recruits approximately fifteen students per year. An information pack, including an application form, is available from the Course Secretary. Informal enquiries can be made to the Course Co-ordinators, Prof Mark Good by or Prof Tom Freeman.

Assessment: University examinations are held at the end of each semester; there is a one, two or three-hour written paper in each of the chosen subjects. In addition, students must complete a research dissertation. Practical work and essays must also be completed satisfactorily. A candidate who successfully completes the examinations and coursework is awarded the Cardiff University Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements: Suitable for graduates with a UK Honours degree (minimum of a 2.1) or equivalent in which Psychology has been taken as a main subject. The psychology modules must represent at least 60 credits, or 25%, of the candidate's first degree.

Individuals who do not meet the entry requirements will have the opportunity to take additional modules in psychology (60 credits) at Cardiff University. Progress onto the diploma course will be conditional upon satisfactory completion of these modules (students must obtain a minimum overall average pass mark of 60%).Students must obtain a minimum overall average pass mark of 60%. Further information, as and when available, will be posted on the Cardiff School of Psychology website.

English Language Requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Full details of English language requirements can be found here.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,560 £18,250
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mrs Clair Southard  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0515 



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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published on 2 March 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.