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Diploma in General Psychology


Are you interested and fascinated by human behavior and thinking? Would like to gain ground knowledge in this field to help in interacting with people at home, work, school or in society? This is an ideal program that could be your first step in to a fascinating journey in to psychology.

The Diploma in General Psychology provides the student with a good knowledge in the core areas of psychology such as, biological, behavioral, cognitive, social, developmental areas of psychology as well as an introduction to the modern research methods in psychology.

This program is popular among individuals who are enthusiastic about the subject of psychology and therefore seek to understand how to utilize psychology in their respective fields of work.

Furthermore individuals from other fields who wish to enter in to the field of psychology or consider taking up postgraduate level education in psychology select this program as their entry step to the field of psychology.

Program Structure


RQF Level




Scheduled Intake

Delivery & Assessment

Mode of Assessment


Diploma in General Psychology



1 Year

Weekday Batch

Weekend Batch

February & September

Module Based

Written Examinations + Assessment + A Project

On Campus 1 year in Sri Lanka

Module Structure

The aim of the Program is to provide basic knowledge of cognitive, social, moral and skill development of children from birth till their adulthood. This is a very popular area of applied psychology about how children think, feel and respond is very important in many professions.

Compulsory Modules

Introduction to Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Research Methods

Entry Criteria

Minimum of two A/L passes in any stream (GCE/Edexcel/CIE) Or
Minimum of 5 O/L passes with work experience in a relevant field

A foundation program or any other academic or professional qualification that is considered equivalent to a foundation program

Individuals who do not possess the above entry qualifications but have other forms of prior learning and/or work experience may apply under non traditional entry routes. Such requests will be evaluated on case by case basis by the academic board of CIRP.

Language Proficiency

A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this qualification.

Admission Process

All candidates are selected through an interview


How often would I have to attend classes?

Weekday batch has classes on 3 days a week, usually from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Students in weekend batch have classes on Sundays from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

How is teaching done for this program?

Indicative content is delivered through lectures, group discussions and class room activities..

How are the students assessed?

Students are assessed through a combination of a module based written examination, assessment and a project at the end of the program.

How many modules are delivered in this program?

Six modules are covered under this program

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.