Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology & Psychology (DHCrP)
This program is aimed at providing the entry qualifications to a range of professions that involve preventing and investigating crimes and other deviant behaviors of people.
Both areas of criminal and forensic studies involve a great degree of understanding and predicting human behavior and thinking patterns.
Thus a dual qualification in criminology with psychology to facilitate and enhance your career is ideal for those who are interested to work with law enforcement to solve crimes, provide expert testimony in courts and do criminal profiling.
This is a well-established field in the other parts of the world and soon will become popular in our region with the tendency of making the criminal investigations more transparent and in line with international justice standards, making our prisons more humane with more correctional emphasis.
Students could either continue with the same combination for the final year or to switch the fields entirely in to psychology.
Delivery & Assessment
Mode of Assessment
Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology & Psycholog
Full time Weekday Cohorts: 2 Years*
Part Time Weekend Cohorts: 3 Years*
Weekday Cohort: 3 days a week
Weekend Cohort: Saturday & Sunday
February & September
Written Examinations + Coursework
On Campus in Sri Lanka*
TVEC, MQA , ABE
The program- Diploma in Higher Education in Psychology (DHEP) is offered by Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology (CIRP) and is recognized by Coventry University. The program spans for 5 semesters and include a psychology placement module to enhance students applied psychology knowledge. Moreover, the modules are included into the curriculum to enhance the quality and standards of the students who wish to transfer to BSc (Hons) program as a continuation of further academic studies. The bridging modules are designed to equal the first year curriculum of any given Psychology BSc program adhering BPS guidelines.
*A Student shall select 02 electives from the list given above
Traditional Entry Criteria
Minimum 2 passes at GCE/ Edexcel/ CIE A/L
+ Passed 5 subjects at O/L including Maths & English
Alternative Entry Criteria
Passed CIRP International Foundation
Or Passed a Foundation program from a recognized institute
Or Recognition of Prior learning that is acceptable to academic board
A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this program.
Students whose medium of primary and secondary education is not English, should either obtain an IELTS Score of 6.00 or any other proof of proficiency of English Language acceptable to the academic board
All candidates are selected through an interview
How often would I have to attend classes?
Students in the weekday cohort have classes usually on 3 days of the week and about 3 -4 hours of lectures a day. Classes are conducted between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Weekend students have classes on Sundays, usually for about 6 hours from 8.30 a.m.
How is teaching done for this program?
Each module consists of around 15 sessions of direct teaching that covers the learning objectives and small group discussions and tutorials to support students.
How are the students assessed?
Students are assessed through a combination of a module based written examinations and coursework at the end of each semester.
How many modules are delivered in a semester?
Usually each semester is allocated 3 modules.
What learning materials and resources do I have access to?
All your lecture slides could be downloaded from the Student portal and a range of e books, journals, articles and research papers are available through CIRP Online resources. You could also refer or borrow books from CIRP library, which is open from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on all 7 days.