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Bachelor's and Master's Program in Psychology, Poland

Publish Date: Mar 09, 2016

Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall ) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities


Bachelor's Program: 6 semesters, full-time
Master's Program: 4 semesters, full time
Master's Program: 10 semesters, full time

Psychology is a discipline the goal of which is to understand and solve problems of an individual, a group or a whole society. Psychological knowledge and skills are necessary for all those professions that require one to accept challenges related to human mental life and behavior.

In order to work as a psychologist, both in Poland and in the rest of Europe, one has to complete five years of studies majoring in Psychology. This can be accomplished by graduating from a '3 + 2' program, or a 5-year Master's program. The '3 + 2' program refers to a three-year Bachelor's program and a two-year Master's program. The 5-year long-cycle program refers to a course of studies that is not divided into two stages.

Career Prospects

Psychology graduates have numerous professional opportunities and they can pursue many career paths. Depending on the program selected and after they fulfill all the specific job requirements, they may find employment as:

  • Clinical psychologist and psychotherapists
  • Social workers and counselors
  • Behavior analysts
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Educational and academic psychologists
  • Cross-cultural consultants
  • Engineering psychologists (human-computer/ technology interaction)
  • Career advisors, vocational counselors
  • Executive coaches
  • Consumer and marketing psychologists
  • Personnel selection and team building specialists

Bachelor's Program: 6 semesters (3 years), full-time studies

A Bachelor's program in Psychology includes courses in the fundamental areas of the field and it exposes students to basic principles in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The completion of a Bachelor's program in Psychology enables one to start a career in social services, counseling, human services or community relations.

During the Bachelor's program students complete the following modules:

  • Introductory Module
    – Academic skills
    – Information technology
  • Foundations of Psychology
    – Biology of mental and behavioral processes (Biological foundations of human behavior)
    – How do we process information (Cognitive psychology)
    – Emotions and motivation: Why do we do the things that we do (Psychology of emotion and motivation)
    – How do we become who we are (Personality psychology)
    – How and why do we differ from each other (Psychology of individual differences)
    – How does a human change throughout their lifespan (Developmental psychology)
    – Interpersonal relationships (Social psychology)
    – What does it mean to be mentally healthy (Psychopathology)
    – How to measure behavior and mental functioning (Methodology and psychometrics)
  • Bachelor seminar
  • Major-specific (4 concentration areas)
  • Electives
  • Entrepreneurship
    – Economic psychology
    – Psychology of enterpreneurship
    – An enterpreneur in the face of risk
  • International Students in Intercultural and Multilingual World
    – Competencies for intercultural adaptation
    – Psychology of acculturation and sojourner adaptation
  • Foreign Language

Language requirements:

CAE 47-51
TOEFL iBT 69 - 70
TOEFL Computer-based 196
TOEFL Paper-based 525

Master's Program: 4 semesters (2 years), full-time studies

A Master's program in Psychology is aimed at international students, coming from different paths of education, interested in studying human mind and behavior. Within the Master's program in Psychology students are offered a choice of two specializations modules designed to deepen both their already acquired knowledge and practical skills.

Students choosing this program, but who hold their Bachelor's degree in fields other than Psychology will be obliged to take additional compensatory modules (free of charge) from the field of Psychology.

Students take the following modules:

  • Specialization module (descriptions below)
  • Applied module (practice realized outside of the University)
  • Methodology
  • Psychological diagnosis
  • Psychology as a profession
  • Master's seminar
  • Advanced psychology
  • Methodology and statistics: advanced
  • Current issues in international psychology
  • Physical education

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology integrates sciencetheory, and practice to understandpredict, and reduce maladjustment, disability, and distress as well as to support human adaptation, psychological well-being and personal development. Clinical Psychology is a broad approach to human problems consisting of diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, consultation, treatment, prevention and research with regard to various populations, including children, adolescents, adults, the elderly, families, couples and groups. Clinical psychologists' work can range from prevention and early intervention of minor behavioral problems and difficulties in adjustment, through supporting individuals and couples undergoing crises, to dealing with and treating severely disturbed individuals with mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

The program complies with scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both clinical and research training. The goal of the Clinical Psychology Program is to provide training in both contemporary clinical science and clinical assessment and intervention, as well as to prepare psychologists capable of serving in a wide range of professional contexts. As such, we are dedicated to broad and general training as the core of our curriculum, so that students acquire a broad foundation of clinical and research skills.

Psychology students can also choose to take up courses outside the discipline of Psychology to make their experience at SWPS truly interdisciplinary.

Language requirements:

CAE 47-51
TOEFL iBT 69 - 70
TOEFL Computer-based 196
TOEFL Paper-based 525

Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall ) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities

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