Psychology, full-time, long cycle programme (SJ-PS)
(in Polish: Psychologia, stacjonarne, jednolite magisterskie)
long cycle programme
full-time, 5-year studies
Admission round in September is conducted only for studies in English language.
Name of the programme of study: Psychology (Psychology) Master's degree in English, full-time
Fields of study: social sciences, humanities, medical sciences and health sciences
Disciplines of science: Psychology, philosophy, health sciences
Programme of studies:
Studies in Psychology is a five-year master's academic programme in psychology conducted in English.
A unique programme of classes typically taking place in small groups and in an international environment provides the opportunity to acquire a universal education and a range of practical skills. Psychology in English taught at The University of Warsaw is multidirectional and interdisciplinary studies that develop an openness to various ideas, teach exploration and taking into account various types of argumentation.
Psychology programme of study is characterised by relative flexibility, which means that students, within certain limits, can shape their own schedule of classes and their own learning profile. This goal is achieved by providing a broad range of electives and specialisation courses in various areas of psychology to choose from.
You can read more about the programme and the nature of psychology studies at wisp.uw.edu.pl
By the end of the third year of study, the students choose a specialisation from the four offered:
Classes are conducted typically in the Faculty of Psychology Building at ul. Stawki 5/7 in Warsaw, although some specialisation and optional classes may take place in external institutions such as hospitals or research institutes. The average size of course group is 20-25 people, with a total of over 150 students from 25 different countries studying simultaneously at WISP. This allows not only to acquire knowledge in an international and multicultural environment but also for personal contact with lecturers, which provides many opportunities for personal development. Both lecturers and administrative staff know the names of the students, which contributes to a pleasant and productive atmosphere.
The aim of the studies is to prepare future graduates to describe and explain the complex mechanisms of human functioning in the modern world.
The program of studies provides knowledge in the field of academic psychology and enables further professional development of graduates both in the area of scientific research and application activities. In addition, through everyday contact with students from around the world, graduates of English language courses acquire unique cultural competencies more and more desirable on the international labour market.
In the course of the programme, students gain thorough and reliable knowledge about various theoretical approaches explaining human behaviour and learn modern research and computational methods.
In addition, students acquire practical psychological and interpersonal skills, as well as learn how to plan empirical research, carefully analyse, correctly interpret, and present their results. A principal goal of education is to develop critical thinking skills and the ability to reflect on the analysed phenomena and processes, as well as the need to continuously improve knowledge and professional competence of the students.
Moreover, a fundamental task in shaping future psychologists is to develop interpersonal competencies, the ability to collaborate in a team and the ability to apply psychological knowledge in everyday life.
Graduates of “Psychology” receive the masters degree and professional title of a psychologist, which allows them to undertake work in various types of medical, educational, research or business institutions, etc. Graduates may pursue their education as part of third-cycle doctoral and post-graduate studies.
Access to further studies:
1. On completion of the programme of study, the student (learning outcomes):
• Knows specifics of the scientific language of psychology, can differentiate theoretical and operational notions;
• Knows basic statistical methods used to describe variables, to describe relationships between variables and to verify research hypotheses with a use of statistical reasoning methods;
• Knows methods used in research and description of psychological functioning of humans (also in various social situations) and in identification of principles of psychological processes;
• Recognises and describes relationships between individual traits and social behaviour;
• Knows theoretical bases, applications and limitations of specific methods of psychological intervention and therapy used in solving individual/relational/organizational problems.
• Has advanced research skills which include constructing research methods and conducting an experiment, enabling to solve complex problems in different fields of psychological research;
• Can refer to an appropriate psychological theory in order to explain a specific psychological problem.
c. Social competences:
• Applies their psychological knowledge in efforts for other people;
• Is aware of the variety of goals and values recognized by people and is able to respect this variety. Treats other people with respect regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, education, social group and religion.
2. Number of ECTS points needed to complete studies: 300, number of semesters: 10.
3. Study programme in the field of psychology is not based on standards.
4. Number of ECTS achieved in courses fundamental for the area of study: 257;
Number of ECTS achieved in practical courses: 52;
Number of ECTS achieved in elective courses: 202.
5. Information about placements:
a. The student of a long cycle full-time program has a possibility to participate in professional placements during the studies.
b. A minimal duration of a placement included into the study programme in the field of Psychology is 4 weeks, equaling 100h for which the student is given 4 ECTS.
c. Student placements included into the study programme in the field of Psychology have the following goals:
• acquainting the student with the specifics of the profession,
• extending the knowledge acquired during studies and developing skills of using this knowledge;
• shaping specific professional skills directly connected with the place of placement,
• shaping effective communication skills in an organization;
• acquainting the student with functioning of organizational structures, rules of work organization and division of competences, procedures, work planning processes, control;
• improving skills of planning student’s own work, teamwork, effective time management, conscientiousness, responsibility for assigned tasks;
• improving foreign language skills in professional situations.