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NUI Cert. in Psychology Level 7 Maynooth University Campus

This Maynooth University NUI Certificate level course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to develop an understanding of psychology and to explore its relevance to the individual, family, community and society.

Have you ever wondered why people behave as they do or whether a career in psychology might be for you? This Level 7 Certificate in Psychology provides a comprehensive introduction to the field, with modules including the biological bases of behaviour, developmental psychology, mental health, cognitive psychology, personality theory, social psychology, research methods, and forensic psychology. The course contains 100 class hours and runs from October to May in the welcoming settings of Scoil Mhuire Clane, Baldoyle, Cork and Maynooth University. Many previous students of the course have pursued further study and careers in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, career guidance, addiction, social work and social care. Classes take place on Tuesdays 7-10pm with 3-4 Saturdays.


Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Understand the main psychological theories and schools and their contribution to the development of the discipline
  • Understand the biological basis of behaviour
  • Apply critical psychological theory to the processes of learning, memory, feeling and personality development.
  • Understand and apply psychobiological, psychodynamic, behavioral/cognitive and phenomenological approaches to lifespan development.
  • Illustrate self directed learning by completing a research proposal with relevance to psychology and presenting this proposal to the class.
  • Conducting a literature review for the research proposal and submitting a bibliography with the proposal.
  • Use academic and stylistic conventions appropriately and consistently
  • Submit a learning journal which reflects the impact of the course on the student’s understanding of psychology and how this has influenced their knowledge of themselves, ideas, perceptions and attitudes.

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Part time students who are on courses at levels 6 to 10 on the framework of qualifications may be eligible to for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) to help with the associated costs of attending a university course such as Travel, Childcare, Utilities, Materials etc. You should first consult: SAF Guidelines to see if you qualify and then e-mail to make further enquiries.

CollegeMaynooth University
Course LocationMaynooth, Kildare
Course CategoryPsychology Courses, Healthcare & Medicine
Course TypeClassroom Based
Course QualificationNUI Cert. Level 7
Awarding BodyNational University of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsNUI Certificate in Psychology
Course Start Date1st October 2024
Course End Date6th May 2025
Course Duration100 hours One evening per week x 3 hours plus 3/4 Saturdays over the year.
Course TimeTuesdays 7.00-10.00
Course Fee€1400
Entry RequirementsParticipants need to be 21 years of age or over on 1st January of the year in which the course commences. As courses are delivered in keeping with adult education practice, participants will be expected to: be willing to engage with group activities and group learning; be willing to learn through dialogue and reflection on experience; have a level of literacy that is sufficient to complete the assessment requirements.
Carear PathThe NUI Certificate in Psychology is a standalone qualification however when combined with the NUI Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (Train the Trainer Level 7) and the NUI Certificate in Equality Studies in Training and Development (On Line) it forms part of the Diploma in Arts in Training and Development for Socially Inclusive Workplaces. This suite of CPD courses provide a comprehensive educational/training package in core skills such as managing issues of equality and cultural diversity in the workplace for Team Leaders, Managers and Learning and Development Specialists. A number of our students have used this certificate course as a preparatory course to more major degree awards in Maynooth University and other institutions of Higher Education.
Phone01 708 6062
Course CodePS1
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1 Floor School of Education, North Campus Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Maynooth, Kildare, Republic of Ireland

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1 Floor School of Education
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