Psychology




Social psychology is concerned with the character and causes of one’s behavior in interactions with other people.
One of the many fascinating topics examined by social psychologists deals with stereotypes, for example gender roles that we all perform within the society.



Joanna Roszak, PhD
Head of the Psychology Track

Psychology



‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’.
William Shakespeare

Psychology helps us understand how using reason to reflect human behavior makes the world a wiser and more enjoyable place to live in.



Łukasz Tanaś, PhD

Psychology is a discipline whose goal is to understand and improve functioning of individuals, groups, and societies as a whole. Some psychologists deal with diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues, but psychological knowledge and skills are necessary in a number of professions dealing with various challenges related to human mind and behavior. In other words, psychology graduates can pursue their careers in a variety of fields, including education, media, market research, marketing and advertising, healthcare, business, or IT research and design.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is a discipline whose goal is to understand and improve functioning of individuals, groups, and societies as a whole. Psychologists deal with diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. However, psychological knowledge and skills are also necessary in a number of professions dealing with various challenges related to human mind and behavior. Therefore, graduates of psychology program can pursue careers in a variety of fields, including education, healthcare, business, media, market research, marketing and advertising as well as IT research and design.

pdf icon 48x48Program of study (full-time studies)


Level: Undergraduate Studies (B.A.)
Mode: Full-time
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

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Language requirements:
IELTS 5.5; CAE 47-51; TOEFL iBT 69-70;
TOEFL Computer-based 196; TOEFL Paper-based 525

Why Study Psychology?

Psychology Studies are a good choice for everyone who is curious about human nature and would like to know how people think, what they feel, and how they react in various situations. The undergraduate program introduces students to fundamentals of psychology. Additionally, it teaches basic principles of other disciplines, such as humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The program is directed not only to future psychologists, but also to anyone who is considering a career based on interpersonal relations.

Top Private University in Poland

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities is one of the best and well renowned psychology centers in Poland, both in terms of teaching and research. According to the 2016 ranking of higher education institutions by Perspektywy, a Polish influential magazine devoted to educational affairs, the Psychology Program at SWPS University ranks in the top three of the best programs of its kind in the country.

Unique Modules and Subjects

The undergraduate Psychology Program offers many interesting study modules, including: Behavioral Studies, Conflict Resolution and Management, Mind-Communication-Technology, and Cross-cultural Psychology.

European Qualification Standard for Psychologists

Studies at the Faculty of Psychology follow European standards of education in the field of psychology. The program fulfills the requirements of EuroPsy, the European qualification standard for psychologists, established by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) in 2010.

Road to Graduation

The first year of study provides intensive training in basic areas of psychology, including: developmental, social, and cognitive psychology. Students also learn about emotions,  motivations and individual differences. Additionally, they acquire basic skills in statistics and research methodology and develop academic and cross-cultural competencies, thanks to the multicultural and multilingual environment at SWPS University.

Road to
Graduation

During the second year, the majority of modules focus on four thematic areas: Behavioral Studies, Conflict Resolution and Management, Mind-Communication-Technology, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. Students are also introduced to psychopathology and psychometrics. They learn how to measure behavioral change and conduct other measurement procedures, for example, behavioral assessment. They develop communication skills, gain knowledge about interpersonal relations and conflict management, including negotiation and mediation competencies.

In the course of the third year, students continue to expand their knowledge in the four thematic areas that were first introduced in the previous year. They also choose their thesis advisor and attend a Bachelor Thesis Seminar. Additionally, during the second and third year of study, students choose 5 elective modules, aligned with their interests, and learn two additional foreign languages. Moreover, students develop their knowledge in a variety of areas, including: visual communication, psychology of leadership, and psychology of acculturation and economic migrations. They learn how to use advanced tools, for example an eye tracker. They are also able to apply behavioral techniques to various populations and problems. Furthermore, thanks to the international student population at SWPS University, students gain multicultural awareness and learn how to function in a multilingual environment.

Thematic Areas

Behavioral Studies

Behavioral Studies (also known as behavior analysis) focus on the comprehensive use of empirically validated principles of learning to develop, implement, and evaluate practical strategies that enhance the abilities and self-direction skills of children and adults in community, home, and educational settings.

Conflict Resolution and Management

Conflict Resolution and Management are crucial to social interactions in families, communities, organizations and international relations. Conflict dynamics, if well managed, are an essential part of social change and foster adaptive social processes. The theory and practice of conflict resolution are based on models of conflict dynamics and are focused on processes of conflict management, such as negotiation, mediation and coaching techniques.

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Cross-Cultural Psychology examines how cultural factors influence human behavior. Cultural psychologists study cultural diversity and apply solutions in environments such as multicultural societies, multicultural schools and universities, and international business.

Mind-Communication-Technology

The Mind-Communication-Technology module looks at visual communication. The popularity and accessibility of eye-tracking methods has been growing rapidly in the past several years. Eye-trackers allow us to measure and record eye position and movement. They are used in basic psychological research, which helps to improve the design of Internet web-pages or more user-friendly computer programs. The eye-tracking technology is also used to build special communication systems for people with various disabilities.

After Graduation

Career Prospects

Graduates of Psychology Program can pursue many career paths. They can work as behavioral analysts (especially in autism therapy), cross-cultural consultants, life and career coaches, vocational counselors, educational and academic psychologists, consumer and marketing psychologists, human resources and recruitment specialists as well as social workers and counselors.

Further Education

Graduates of the Bachelor level Psychology Program may pursue certification from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (http://www.bacb.com/). Students may also continue their education at the graduate level in several areas. For example, the principles and procedures developed within Behavioral Psychology have been successfully applied in areas such as Clinical Psychology, Traditional and Special Education, Business, Industrial Safety, Addiction, Self-Management, and Rehabilitation. Additionally, Clinical Psychology specialization prepares students for a career in the field of professional psychotherapy. Psychology of Conflict Management can be expanded into the areas of negotiation, mediation, coaching, communication and management. Cross-Cultural Psychology may lead to a career in international business relations or education (e.g. working with immigrant children in international schools).

Faculty

Łukasz Tanaś, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Ethics and Developmental Psychology, Master Thesis Advisor

Joanna Roszak, Ph.D.

Deputy Director of the Psychology Track, Social Psychology Expert, Lecturer in Interpersonal Relations

Professor Piotr Winkielman

Lecturer in Social Cognition at SWPS University, Lecturer at University of California, San Diego and Warwick Business School

Professor Paweł Boski

Culture and Psychology Expert, Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Competencies

Monika Suchowierska-Stephany, Ph.D.

Internationally Certified Behavior Analyst, Specializing in Autism

Michał Olszanowski, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology

Marek Drogosz, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Personality Psychology

Max Bielecki, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Statistics and Methodology

Lan Bui-Wrzosińska, M.A.

Lecturer in Conflict Resolution

Karolina Mazurowska, Ph.D.

Intercultural Psychologist, Lecturer in Cross-Cultural Competencies

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  1. Fill in the Application Form.
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  7. Upon your arrival in Poland, submit original documents to the Admissions Office
  8. During the first semester, submit the Nostrificaiton of your diploma

 

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  • Talya Balikcioglu
    Admissions Officer
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Tuition fee for the academic year 2016/2017
Full-Time Studies
1 installment 3500 EUR
 
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