Friday 23 March 2018

Psychology degree hopes shattered, says Patrick

Patricia McDonagh and Louise Hogan

PATRICK Ivers, pictured, dreamed he would proudly hold a psychology degree from the American College Dublin (ACD).

But that dream has been shattered following the decision by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) to withdraw accreditation from ACD's Bachelor of Arts in Behavioural Science.

Patrick (31) and 61 others on the course were told that accreditation would be formally removed in November.

Students need PSI accreditation if they wish to pursue postgraduate studies in psychology in other colleges.

Dublin Business School (DBS) has been asked to allow ACD students to transfer to its BA (Hons) psychology course. But for final-year student Patrick this is not good enough.

"The course is not the equivalent of what I am doing," he said.

"It's BA and is only three years, whereas mine was a four-year course with an internship in the final year.

"The course I was doing at the ACD was also behavioural-based psychology, whereas the DBS course is more into psychoanalytical psychology."

At the nub of the decision was a request from the PSI for the ACD to increase staff numbers in the psychology department.

The college said it did not have the resources to do this.

Irish Independent

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