• Dual Qualifications - BSc (Hons) in Psychology (UK) + Diploma of Higher Education in Counseling (SL) Dual Qualifications - BSc (Hons) in Psychology (UK) + Diploma of Higher Education in Counseling (SL)


Dual Qualifications

Dual qualifications are an excellent way of obtaining an academic qualification and a practitioner oriented qualification during the period of your first degree.

Most recognized and the acceptable form of Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is the BSc (Hons) Psychology. Most of the top universities around the world as well as the accreditations and professional bodies require a student have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology that covers all the core subjects. Though few universities offer combined Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, students sometimes face difficulties in further studies and obtaining membership of professional bodies. Therefore anyone planning to go to any field of psychology should complete their BSc first. 

However this limits students from studying applied areas such as Counseling, Child, Business, Forensic, Criminal and Sports psychology. In most degrees these topics are restricted to a short elective module in the final year. This reduces their employabil.ty upon completing the first degree. Most students only are able to explore these areas as a part of their postgraduate studies.

Dual Qualifications and Improved Employability

In a rapidly developing world, most students are keen on deciding their career paths early in their higher education. Dual qualification in Psychology and counseling provides this opportunity in an excellent manner. While completing all the core modules required to progress in to the BSc (Hons) in Psychology, students  will take four (04) additional modules worth 60 credits in counseling.

This improves employability of the student as they end up gaining knowledge and skills in counseling. Graduates are able to obtain employment opportunities at starting levels in counseling soon after completion and go on to follow higher qualifications in counseling while they are employed.

Students obtain two qualifications that look impressive on their CV and open up opportunities in a wider range of careers.


Program Structure

BSc (Hons) Psychology

For a comprehensive overview and all the information about the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree offered at CIRP. please check the following course page.

Click Here for : Details of BSc (Hons) Psychology Program

Diplomas of Higher Education in Counseling 

Apart from studying the core psychology modules in order to complete their first two years, students taking the dual qualification path would study four (04) modules worth 60 credits in Counseling. You can find the specialized modules in the elective section given below.  

Recognition & Accreditation of the Dual Qualification

At the end of the 03 years, you will receive two certificates.

Diploma of Higher Education award & certificate

Specialized Diploma of Higher Education in Counseling is awarded by Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology. This qualification is fully recognized by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) of Sri Lanka, therefore a qualification recognized by the government of Sri Lanka.


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

First two years (DHEP) assessments are governed by CIRP and the Final year assessments are governed by the University.

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.

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.

In order to support students, CIRP has established it’s international office and you could get more information by contacting them.



  • Duration        : 03 Years
  • Semesters     : 9
  • RQF Credits   : BSC -360 Diploma - 240
  • Schedule        : Weekdays/ Weekend
  • Intakes:          : February & September
Modules Credits
First Two (02) Years (DHEP Modules) 240
Introduction to Psychology 15
Biopsychology 15
Cognitive Psychology 15
Developmental Psychology 15
Social Psychology 15
Research Methods (Quantitative) 15
Research Methods (Qualitative) 15
Memory 15
Personality 15
Statistics 1 15
Motivation & Emotion 15
Human Mind & Language 15
Statistics 2 15
Psychometrics 15
Basics of Neuroscience 15
Final Year (BSc Final Year Modules) 120
Psychology of Mental Health 20
Psychology of Health 20
Forensic Psychology 20
Life Span Development 20
Dissertation 40
Modules Credits
DHE in Counseling Psychology - Extra Modules (04) 60
1. Introduction to Counseling Psychology 15
2. Counselling Theories & Techniques 15
3. Defining & Classifying Mental Illness 15
4. Counseling in Different Contexts 15
*Select one of the electives given above

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry 

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of Two (02)  Passes in any Stream 

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

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students 

Applicable for candidates who are above 21 and do not meet the above entry criteria. These applications will be handled on an individual basis and the academic board will decide based on the evidence provided by the candidate.

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 (Equal to IELTS 6.5)  is required to successfully complete this program.

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



CIRP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) facilitates students to engage in studies from anywhere in the world. CIRP Online Library which holds the largest collection E- textbooks, research papers and journal articles could be accessed through  Virtual Learning Environment. You no longer have to borrow print versions, you can read and refer to these resources though your computer or phone.

Click her to : Check out CIRP VLE 

You can request for a guest tour in the CIRP VLE from a student admissions officer. 

Psychology Library 

If you like printed books you have access to the largest collection of psychology textbooks in Sri Lanka at CIRP Library. You could study at the library or borrow books to study at your convenience. 

University Partner Resources 

During the final year of the BSc (Hons) psychology program, they will have access to the learning resources of the university.

Academic Writing Centre

Students have access to a dedicated academic writing center to guide and train students in scientific communication to improve writing, referencing and in-text citation. Students could visit the center by making an appointment and receive one on one support on their academic writing skills.

Internships & Training

CIRP offers a range of internship, placement and training opportunities to make them globally employable graduates. You are able to enhance your social, PR, leadership, organizing skills by taking part in these programs. You are able to select these opportunities based on your interests and future career ambitions. 

Watch Radhika and Udara Talk about their Research Internship

Explore Community Psychology Projects by CIRP students




Course Fee may vary based on the intake, please contact CIRP for fee and funding information. 

For information on Fees and application process please contact

  • Manager - Student Admissions 
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Funding through Banks

Many leading banks in Sri Lanka have collaborated with CIRP to offer various forms of funding options for Sri Lankan students including student loans, credit card installments etc. To find out the details of the funding options,  speak to a student adviser.


CIRP offers a range of scholarships to both Sri Lankan and international students. You may find out the details of the scholarships Here or speak to a student adviser to get more information.


Students are also offered various discounts. You may find out the details of the discounts relevant to the you  intake Here or speak to a student adviser to get more information.