Graduate psychology programme
About the programme
Undergraduate psychology programme is based on modern scientific facts and skills defined by them. The programme is characterized by a modern approach to teaching and the use of advanced teaching methods.
Comparability to international higher education programmes
In line with the recommendations of the Bologna Declaration regarding curriculum coordination, programme changes are implemented according to the norms set by the European Federation of Professional Psychologists’ Association (EFPA). The European Association of Psychologists in coordination with 12 eminent psychologists from 12 European countries (Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Finland, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) developed the “European Framework for Psychologists' Training” and proposed the criteria for obtaining the European Diploma in Psychology. This document proscribes the standards of education for psychologists in Europe, pointing out the minimum requirements for obtaining the European Diploma in Psychology. Meeting these standards ensures equal quality levels for psychological education in all of Europe.
The new undergraduate psychology programme at the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka is designed in accordance with the defined standards, with the ultimate goal of equivalence of a diploma obtained at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka with the European Diploma in Psychology. The standards for obtaining the European Diploma in Psychology, among other things, define the length of the programme to be five years, in two cycles (a three-year undergraduate and a two-year graduate programme).
Who can enrol?
The requirement for admission to the graduate psychology programme is a previously completed undergraduate psychology programme.
Structure of the programme
The graduate psychology programme is a two-year programme (four semesters), and the student is required to obtain a minimum of 120 ECTS. The programme is completed by writing and presenting a final thesis, for which the student acquires 10 ECTS.
The graduate programme prepares students for independent professional psychological work or a postgraduate education. The graduate programme carried out by the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka is undifferentiated and educates students in the general psychology field. In addition to mandatory courses which cover the basic areas of psychology, students can choose among various elective courses thus creating their individual curriculum. Depending on their interests, students can enrol in different combinations of elective courses.
For the students who are interested in any of the applied areas of psychology there are optional modules offered in the frame of developmental – educational modules, clinical modules or psychology of work and organisational modules. In the module transcript supplementary to the diploma, the optional modules taken and passed by a student will be recorded.
Students who wish to qualify as a psychology teacher are required to choose modules from the teaching field.
The graduate course enables acquiring conceptions in fundamental and applied areas and the research methodology, as well as the developing of particular research skills, working in the applied areas along with developing academic and general expertise.
Fundamental competencies, which are acquired throughout the graduate course, have reference to a wide spectrum of acquired knowledge and concepts, particular professional and generic skills that can be demonstrated in all areas of the psychology practice.
The general acquired knowledge gained by completing a graduate course of psychology is as follows:
Particular skills acquired throughout graduate course:
General/generic skills acquired throughout graduate course of psychology:
After the graduate course is completed, the concerned essential competencies for dealing with various aspects of psychology practice or further academic education have been acquired. Under the Law of Psychology practice (Narodne novine No. 47/03) for taking up independent psychology practice, a one-year practice followed by state exam is required. Upon passing the stated exam, the Croatian Chamber of Psychology issues a licence for independent psychology practice. This one-year practice comes after the graduate course, and is a requirement for gaining the European Diploma in Psychology. This practice is planned as a part of the academic course.
The undergraduate courses that are sufficient for managing this graduate course are:
Completing the course of psychology, one gains a title of Master of Science in Psychology.