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Psychology

Psychology

Course Presentation

In the first three years of training in Psychology at ISPA, students will be provided with a body of knowledge and competences which will be the foundation of the specialization that will take place in the last two years of the course. In this first phase of training, students acquire knowledge in the basic areas of Psychology, studying the main theories and methods of this discipline. Students equally obtain training in scientific areas which are indispensible for an overall and integrated understanding of human behaviour, enabling for the critical use of knowledge and for research, in accordance with Psychology’s ethical demands.

 

In the last two years, students narrow their training, acquiring theoretical-practical competences, in their area of specialization, Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology, deepening their knowledge in Research Methodologies, Models, Theories and Techniques of Psychology and in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology in particular.

 

These last two years provide advanced training that allows for professional autonomy, as well as the completion of research projects in the area of Psychology

Profile of the Programme and Level of Qualification

5 (five) years, 10 (ten) semesters, 38 weeks of full-time study per academic year, 300 ECTS. The degree includes two semesters of internship. University higher education – Masters Level 7 (National Framework of Qualifications, Decree-Law 782/2009, published in Diário da República (Official Gazette), Série 1, nr 141, July 23rd).

 

The Master’s is recognised by the Ordem dos Psicólogos. Professional title requires enrolment in the Ordem dos Psicólogos.

Key Learning Outcomes

The Integrated Master in Psychology intents to endow the students with:

 

The ability to fully understand: 

  • The main theories and models in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology; 
  • The main methods in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology; 
  • The relations between the knowledge in Psychology with specific knowledge acquired in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology; 
  • The relations between the knowledge acquired in areas that are related to Psychology with knowledge acquired in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology;

 

To be able to critically use: 

  • The knowledge acquired in the domain of the main theories and models in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology and to use it in the resolution of problems; 
  • The knowledge acquired in the domain of the main methods in Educational or Social and Organizational or Clinical Psychology and to use it in the resolution of problems; 
  • The knowledge acquired in Psychology and to use it in the resolution of problems; 
  • The knowledge acquired in areas that are related to Psychology and to use it in the resolution of problems;

 

To be able to think over and to solve ethical and social problems that derive from Psychology in specific contexts; 

To be able to communicate, in a clear way, both to specialists and non-specialists, the main theoretical and methodological constructs as well as the conclusions of a research work. 

To be able to develop, through out life, research work in Psychology that allows learning with a high level of autonomy.

Qualification awarded

Master Degree

Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

Any citizen over 23 years old who does not have the secondary education diploma (12th grade) can attempt to gain admission to a limited number of vacant places available, through special examination which includes an interview (Decree law: Decreto-Lei 64/2006, de 21 de Março).

 

In accordance with the current legislation (Portaria 401/2007, of Abril 5th and Decreto Lei 64/2006, of March 21st) ISPA recognizes and credits skills acquired in professional and other contexts for academic purposes.

Mode of Study

Full-time or Part-time

Access to Further Study

The Master’s degree allows access to 3rd Cycle studies, according to the conditions stated by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Center).

 

More information at NARIC.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate the student must complete the 300 ECTS successfully. The obtain the Master degree the student must publicly present and discuss a written dissertation before an expert panel designated by the Scientific Council, composed of a President and at least two examiners from the specific academic area of the Master’s (one internal and one external). 

Programme Director

Francisco Peixoto, PhD. - vice-reitor@ispa.pt