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Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology


UK Level 5


2 Years


About the Course


Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and thinking. Psychologists are actively involved in studying and understanding mental processes, brain functions, social and personal behaviors. The field of psychology is considered a "Hub of Science" with strong connections to almost all the fields where human activity is involved.

Gaining a richer and deeper understanding of psychology can help people achieve insights into their own actions as well as a better understanding of other people.

Psychologists are involved in research on perception, cognition, attention, emotion, intelligence, subjective experiences, motivation, brain functioning and personality. Psychologists' interests extend to interpersonal relationships, psychological resilience, family resilience and other areas within social psychology. They also consider the unconscious mind. Research psychologists employ empirical methods to infer causal and correlational relationships between psychosocial variables.

While psychological knowledge is often applied to the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, it is also directed towards understanding and solving problems in several spheres of human activity. By many accounts, psychology ultimately aims to benefit society.

Many psychologists are involved in some kind of therapeutic role, practicing psychotherapy in clinical, counseling or school settings. Other psychologists conduct scientific research on a wide range of topics related to mental processes and behavior. Typically the latter group of psychologists work in academic settings (e.g., universities, medical schools or hospitals).

Another group of psychologists are employed in industrial and organizational settings. Yet others are involved in working on human development, aging, sports, health, forensic science, education and media.

Different fields in Psychology

Clinical Psychology                       Counseling Psychology                  Child Psychology

Educational Psychology                 Health Psychology                        Criminal & Forensic Psychology

Community Psychology                 Consumer Psychology                   Business & Organizational Psychology

Sports Psychology                         Cyber Psychology                          Neuroscience

Social Psychology                         Cognitive Psychology                     Coaching Psychology

Rehabilitation Psychology            Trauma Psychology                        Military Psychology

Political Psychology                      Aviation Psychology                       Experimental Psychology


Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology (DHEP)

This Level 5 Diploma is designed to provide students with the ground knowledge required to start their journey towards becoming a professional in any field of psychology. Program provides a thorough understanding of  behaviors and thinking of humans through core modules during the first year then go on to introduce the students to applications of psychology and other important areas such as research methodology and statistics.

Program is modeled reflecting the international academic standards in undergraduate psychology education, especially benchmarking the Bachelor’s degree program offered at British Universities.

At the end of the  DHEP, you will cover the content covered in the first two years of the Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

You have the options of completing a Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Psychology or select Double majors based on the electives. You may complete your Bachelor’s degree at CIRP or transfer to universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Malaysia or Dubai.

If you are interested in increasing your employability at the end of your Bachelor’s degree you may select CIRP’s unique Dual qualification series.

Please check-out the Dual Qualification Series offered by CIRP


Key Plus Points in CIRP DHE in Psychology program

1. Comprehensive coverage of international curriculum requirements within first two years

2. Curriculum mapped to match British and Australian Psychology Society requirements 

3. Complete coverage of Statistics and Computerized Data analysis in two separate modules

4. Qualitative & Quantitative research methods covered in two separate modules

5. Only program in Sri Lanka that covers a full module of Psychometric Testing

6. Specialized modules such as Neuroscience and Personality

 7. Program with the most number of Electives in Clinical, Counseling, Child and Forensic  Psychology

8. Range of assessments aimed at developing transferable skills

9. Special emphasis on employability in each module

10. Placement module that provides real workplace exposure


How is the program delivered?

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students.

Program Structure


Qualification Title                   : Diploma of Higher Education in  Psychology

Qualification Level                 : UK RQF Level 5

Awarding Body                      : Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology UK          

Credits                                    : 240 UK RQF Credits

Modules                                  : 16

Duration                                  : 02 Years

Progression                              : BSc (Hons) Psychology Final Year

Transfer Options                     : Available

Combinations                          : Dual Qualifications & Double Majors

Accreditation                          : Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission, Sri Lanka

Schedule                                 : Weekday or Weekends

Delivery                                  : On Campus or Online

Intakes                                    : February & September


Module Structure

Core Modules (Each Module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)

Year 1 (120 UK RQF Credits)

1. Introduction to Psychology                    

2. Biopsychology                                             

3. Cognitive Psychology                                                

4. Developmental Psychology                   

5. Social Psychology                                       

6. Memory                                                         

7. Personality                                                    

8. Motivation & Emotion 

Year 2 ( 120 UK RQF Credits)                       

9. Psychometrics                                             

10. Human Mind & Language                     

11. Research Methods – Quantitate       

12. Research Methods – Qualitative       

13. Statistics 1                                                   

14. Statistics 2                                                   

15. Basic of Neuroscience                            

16. Psychology Placement                           


Electives ( Each Module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1. Psychological Disorders of Childhood                                              

2. Adolescent Psychological & Behavioral Issues                                              

3. Protecting Children from Abuse & Trauma                                     

4. Educational Psychology                                                                           

5. Introduction to Counseling                                                                   

6. Essential Skills for Counselors                                                               

7. Supporting victims of Abuse & Trauma                                           

8. Models of Psychotherapy                                                                      

9. Introduction to Criminology & Forensic Science                            

10. Theories of Criminal Behavior & Offender Profiling                  

11. Psychology in Courtroom                                                                     

12. Sexual Offenders                                                                                     

13. Criminal & Forensic Psychology Assessments                              


Please talk to an academic advisor about selecting electives and the availability and relevance of electives based on your qualification and credit value.


Maximum amount of total credits applicable to Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology is 240.


Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunities to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.

Entry Criteria

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambridge / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of 2 Passes in any Stream

or have completed a Foundation  Programme awarded by a recognized College /University


Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students

A professional qualification with two (02) years work experience in a relevant field

or follow the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP.


Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the program and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficient Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of proficiency before commencing the program.


Academic Progression & Transfer Options

Most of the students who complete the first two years will enter the final year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology program delivered at CIRP in Sri Lanka in affiliation with a UK university Partner.

Some students opt to transfer to different countries and universities around the world. As a result of DHEP curriculum meeting international standards, students are able to get exemptions with almost all the universities they apply to. CIRP has already established transfer pathways to many universities in UK, Australia, Canada, Dubai and many other countries.


Award & Certificate

CIRP Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology is a qualification awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.

Student Life

CIRP offers an excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring out hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun responsibly in a safe environment.  

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.

Success Stories

Janith Ittapana

"CIRP is a wonderful place. Not only it is one of the best places to study psychology, the opportunities it provides to students are also amazing. I had an excellent campus life taking part in so many international events organized by the university. I took part in almost all activities from Talent Shows to Conferences and ended up winning the "Most Outstanding Student of the Year" award at 2023 graduation. I joined CIRP for the Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology and then entered the final year of the BSc (Hons) Psychology program. Now I am teaching psychology at a leading international school in Colombo, sharing what I learnt at CIRP."

Janith Ittapana
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