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. Students interested in the unitary “long-cycle” 5 year Master program are usually those who want to work as professional psychologists dealing with diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues (Clinical Psychologists) or in the business world, in marketing and advertising or human relations (Work and Organizational Psychologists).

What is Psychology?

Psychology is a discipline whose goal is to understand and improve functioning of individuals, groups, and societies as a whole. Students interested in the unitary “long-cycle” 5 year Master program are usually those who want to work as professional psychologists dealing with diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues (Clinical Psychologists) or in the business world, in marketing and advertising or human relations (Work and Organizational Psychologists)

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Master’s program
Full-time studies
5 years (10 semesters)

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Language requirements:
IELTS 6.0; CAE 47-51; TOEFL iBT 69-70;
TOEFL Computer-based 196; TOEFL Paper-based 525

For whom?

Students of the unitary “long-cycle” 5 year Master program are willing to pursue their professional career in psychology with the knowledge, that in order to work as a psychologist you often have to gain credentials other than just the Master-level diploma. What is needed are competencies and skills gained during 5 years of study (300 ECTS) and, very often, a supervised training process. Specific requirements vary between countries and regions. For examples please refer to EuroPsy Regulations or Norwegian National Curriculum for Professional Education in Psychology.

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 set of interesting modules

Unique set of the best Bachelor-level modules that SWPS has to offer: Behavioral Studies, Conflict Resolution and Management, Mind-Communication-Technology, Cross-cultural Psychology.

European qualification standards for psychologists

Program designed with the best European qualification standards in mind (eg. EuroPsy). Our goal is to guarantee up-to-date European-level standards of education, training and professional development in the field of psychology.

Clinical and research training program with strong cross-cultural aspects

Clinical Psychology specialization complies with the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both clinical and research training. The program is thought to be theoretically integrative as we aim to expose students to a broad spectrum of theoretical and empirical approaches to clinical research and practice.

Evidence-based practices

As our faculty strongly adhere to evidence-based practices, the program puts more emphasis on cognitive and behavioral approaches. Students develop competencies specified in the European qualification standard for psychologists (EuroPsy).

Road to Graduation

The first year of the program provides an intensive training in every field of psychology (developmental, emotions and motivations, social, psychopathology, cognitive, individual differences, etc.) and basics in methodology and statistics. We also focus on academic skills and cultural competencies of international students in intercultural and multilingual world.

Road to
Graduation

On the second year, majority of modules are dedicated to 4 thematic areas: Behavioral Studies, Conflict Resolution and Management, Mind-Communication-Technology, Cross-cultural Psychology. Students get to know how to conduct measurement, behavioral assessment and behavior change procedures. They develop communication skills, gain knowledge on interpersonal relations and conflict management: negotiations and mediations.

Third year involves a continuation of the 4 thematic areas. During years II and III students complete 5 elective modules and 4 foreign language courses as well. Students gain competencies in: bilingualism and multicultural school education, psychology of acculturation and economic migrations, use of eye-tracker and visual communication. They know what is the psychology of leadership and can apply behavioral techniques to various populations and problems.

Fourth year of the program provides an intensive theoretical education accompanied by some clinical applications in certain modules. Students are expected to acquire extensive knowledge on child and adult psychopathology and possess basic understanding and skills in psychological help, assessment and clinical research. Students start their MA thesis in the first semester.

On the fifth year, majority of modules are dedicated to gaining knowledge on psychotherapeutic process and developing clinical practical skills. There are also two 90-hour applied modules, which include clinical training. Students finish and defend their MA thesis.

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.

Specializations

Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology program complies with the scientist-practitioner model, emphasizing both clinical and research training. The program is thought to be theoretically integrative as we aim to expose students to a broad spectrum of theoretical and empirical approaches to clinical research and practice. As our faculty strongly adhere to evidence-based practices, the program puts more emphasis on cognitive and behavioral approaches. Program places an emphasis on competencies specified in the European qualification standard for psychologists (EuroPsy).

After Graduation

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 (esp. in the area of autism therapy); neuropsychologists; educational and academic psychologists; cross-cultural consultants; life coaches.

Further study

Students interested in Clinical Psychology should pursue further supervised professional training including diagnosing and treatment. During your studies you will be provided with basic applied training, but many professional authorities in the field of psychotherapy require at least a year-long supervised practice after the standard 5-year curriculum.

Students interested in pursuing a career in science should consider collaborating on research projects on their last years of the Master-level program and sign up for a PhD program just after graduation. There are multiple opportunities to collaborate on research projects at SWPS.

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

Prof. Joanna Sokołowska

teaching entrepreneurship

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

Wojciech Białaszek, PhD

teaching Applied Behavior Analysis

Monika Suchowierska-Stephany, Ph.D.

Internationally Certified Behavior Analyst, Specializing in Autism

Lan Bui-Wrzosińska, M.A.

Lecturer in Conflict Resolution

Graduates

dr Michał Kłosiński

SWPS graduate working at Stanford University Computer Science Department; Previously the deputy director of the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre and a researcher at Microsoft Research. Coordinating myPersonality project, which involves global collaboration between over 150 researchers, analyzing the detailed psycho-demographic profiles of over 8 million Facebook users. Developing Concerto (an open-source online adaptive assessment platform), and ApplyMagicSauce.com (an automated onli...

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Magdalena Apanasionok

Psychology graduate who completed an International Dual Degree Atlantis Program in Bangor University (Wales) and in California State University Stanislaus (USA). This has led to her work experience in Therapeutic Pathways/Kendall Center (http://www.tpathways.org/) and Ambitious About Autism (UK; http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/page/index.cfm). Specializes in behavior analysis.

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Michał Ratyński

PR & Marketing Manager, ARPI Group and MBMC Technology Marketing.

My responsibilities include a wide range of activities in the field of promotion, image management and company sales support. I am responsible for the quality and effectiveness of communication using creative tools in the area of marketing, public relations and social media.

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