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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology & Psychology (DHCrP)

Overview

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.

Program Structure

Title

RQF Level

Credits

Duration

Teaching

Scheduled Intake

Delivery & Assessment

Mode of Assessment

Location

Awarding Body

Accreditation

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology & Psycholog

Level 5

240

Full time Weekday Cohorts: 2 Years*

Part Time Weekend Cohorts: 3 Years*

Weekday Cohort: 3 days a week

Weekend Cohort: Saturday & Sunday

February & September

Module Based

Written Examinations + Coursework

On Campus in Sri Lanka*

CIRP

TVEC, MQA , ABE

Module Structure

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.

Compulsory Modules

#
Module Name
Credit
01
Introduction to Psychology
15
02
Biopsychology
15
03
Developmental Psychology
15
04
Cognitive Psychology
15
05
Social Psychology
15
06
Quantitative Research Methods
15
07
Qualitative Research Methods
15
08
Personality
15
09
Statistics 1
15
10
Motivation & Emotion
15
11
Introduction to Criminology
15
12
Sexual Offenders
15
13
Crimes against Children
15
14
Criminal Behavior & Offender Profiling
15

Elective Modules*

#
Module Name
Credit
01
Memory
15
02
Placement
15
03
Basics of Neuroscience
15
04
Statistics 2
15
05
Psychology for Courtroom
15
06
Human Mind & Language
15
07
Psychometrics
15
08
Counseling Trauma Victims
15
09
Psychological Disorders
15
10
Counseling – Theories & Techniques
15

*A Student shall select 02 electives from the list given above


Total Modules

Module Type
No of Modules
Credits
Compulsory Modules
14
210
Elective Modules
02
030
Total Modules
16
240

Entry Criteria

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

Language Proficiency

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

Admission Process

All candidates are selected through an interview

FAQ’s

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.