Professional Certificate Psychological Impact of Chronic Illness

Psycho Oncology and the psychological impact of chronic illness

Who is the programme for?

The programme is aimed at advancing the student’s repertoire of knowledge and skills in Psycho-Oncology and the psychological impact of living with a chronic disease. Applicants are welcome from all healthcare professionals and usually students come from a variety of backgrounds and areas of work. Previous students have come from the disciplines of nursing, psychology, psychotherapy, therapeutic radiography and social work.

Programme objectives

This module aims to provide the student with a comprehensive theoretical background to facilitate understanding of distress in people with  chronic illness such as cancer and their families

What will I learn

Using a framework that includes assessment and management, students will explore the challenge of chronic illness including the stress of diagnosis, the consequences of treatment including pain, disfigurement and fatigue, existential issues, difficulties with sexuality and communication. The importance and challenge of survivorship and palliative care as they relate to or impact on the individual and his or her family will be examined. While the main focus of the module will be on the individual with the chronic illness or cancer and his or her family, reference to the impact on the professional care giver will be included. 

Careers. Where can I go

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with  cancer or other chronic conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally.

Programme structure

This is a Spring Trimester module commencing each year in February.

Sem 2 NMHS42880 Psycho Impact Chronic Illness

Entry requirements

Primary degree or  Recognition of Prior Learning consideration if no degree.  (Please see link for details of application through RPL)

Documents to be submitted with your application

The following documents are required:

How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Application Fee:

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Recognised Prior Learning

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.


Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning