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Psychology (Social and Organizational Psychology Specialization)

Psychology (Social and Organizational Psychology Specialization)

Course Presentation

This specialization in Social and Organizational Psychology, allows students to narrow their training, acquire theoretical-practical competences, deepen their knowledge in Research Methodologies, Models, Theories and Techniques of Psychology and in Social and Organizational Psychology in particular.

 

These 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

2 (two) years, 4 (four) semesters, 38 weeks of full-time study per academic year, 120 ECTS. The degree includes two semesters of thesis.

 

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

 

University Higher Education – Masters Level 7 (National Framework of Qualifications, Decree-Law 782/2009, published in Diário da República, 1ª Série, nº 141, July 23th.

Key Learning Outcomes

The ability to fully understand: 

- The main theories and models in Social and Organizational Psychology; 

- The main methods in Social and Organizational  Psychology; 

- The relations between the knowledge in Psychology with specific knowledge acquired in Social and Organizational Psychology; 

- The relations between the knowledge acquired in areas that are related to Psychology with knowledge acquired in Social and Organizational Psychology;

 

To be able to critically use: 

- The knowledge acquired in the domain of the main theories and models in Social and Organizational Psychology and to use it in the resolution of problems; 

- The knowledge acquired in the domain of the main methods in Social and Organizational 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 derives 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, throughout life, research work in Psychology that allows learning with a high level of autonomy.

Qualification awarded

Master Degree.

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 120 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

Former Students Occupational Profiles

Paula Carneiro

 

Paula Carneiro is a former student that now is Microsoft’s Western European Business Manager.

 

She graduated in Social and Organizational Psychology in 1990. During her years at ISPA she attended, as an Erasmus Student, the Université d’Aix in Marseille, collaborated in several projects in the Community (namely with CNAF and LPDM) and decided to enrol in a Post-Graduation in Cognitive Ergonomics.

 

After graduating, she taught at ISPA and worked in several companies in the areas of aviation and communications, before she began her first experience in a multinational company: ICL Fujitsu. Paula spent 6 years at ICL Fujitsu, half of them abroad, in England. There she contacted with different organizational policies, practices and processes.

 

In 1997 Paula began another professional challenge. She created the Human Resources Management area at Data Informática, a company held by BES.

 

After 6 years she embraced another project, this time at Microsoft, where she develops several projects in Human Resources.

 

 

Tiago Almeida

 

At the age of 27, Tiago Almeida, a former student is a case of professional success. The educational psychologist spends his time between the Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa (Lisbon School of Education) where he teaches Psychology, research (he is currently preparing to apply to the PhD), collaboration with the UIPCDE – Unidade de Investigação em Psicologia Cognitiva do Desenvolvimento e da Educação at ISPA, and the Center of Educational Intervention “Educares” that he created with a another former student.

 

In 2000, at the age of 18, Tiago didn’t hesitate to choose ISPA. He says “It feels like home”.

 

Although he planned to pursue his studies in Clinical Psychology he latter discover Educational Psychology: qualified teachers, the subjects and the projects available helped him make his decision.

 

Since then, he had several very rewarding professional experiences in schools such as Maristas, in Carcavelos, Casa da Criança, in Tires and Plátanos, in Sintra.

 

 

Filipa Pereira

 

Filipa Pereira, who graduated as a Clinical Psychologist at ISPA, is now working at the Comissão de Protecção de Crianças e Jovens (Comission for the Protection of Children and Young People at Risk) in the Eastern part of Lisboa.

 

Filipa always dreamt of becoming a Psychologist and, when the time came, she didn’t hesitate to move to Lisboa and to enrol at ISPA. Friends and family spoke highly of the School and she embraced this new challenge. She says that at ISPA she found “a home away from home”.

 

At ISPA she chose Clinical Psychology stating that “Clinical Psychology is very interesting and provides different professional approaches and options”. As a student she emphasizes the importance of the contact between students and teachers as well as the contact with the professional reality provided by the internship.

 

Apart from the academic activities, Filipa underlines the importance of the cultural initiatives held at ISPA, namely poetry sessions, concerts, exhibitions or films.

Examination Regulations Assessment and Grading

On a 0 to 20 grading scheme, a minimum grade of 10 in each course unit is necessary to pass.

The assessment in each course may include:

 

  • Type 1 Assessment Methods: exams (with or without oral presentation);
  • Type 2 Assessment Methods: group or individual essays (with or without oral presentation);

 

Assessment may also include the evaluation of participation in class.

 

The following table presents the possibilities of arrangement of Assessment Methods and the respective percentage of the final grade.

 

 Type 1 Assessment MethodsType 2 Assessment Methods
A50%50%
B60%40%
C70%30%
D90% + 10%
E90% + 10%-

 

 

The type of assessment of each course is included in the course syllabus that also contains the course objectives, course expectations, course contents and recommended reading.

 

The Master’s requires public presentation and discussion of a written dissertation before an expert panel designated by the Scientific Council, composed of a President and at least to examiners from the specific academic area of the Master’s (one internal and one external). 

Admission Requirements

Entrance to the Course is available to: 

a) Holders of a high school degree or legal equivalent and can demonstrate the ability to attend higher education through entrance exams; 

b) Holders of a degree or legal equivalent; 

c) Holders of a Diploma of Specialized Technology; 

d) applicants who have successfully completed the tests specifically designed to evaluate the ability of frequency of the course for people over 23 years e) applicants who meet the conditions referred to in regulations for access by the Course Change, Transfer and Re-entry Regimes.

 

To apply to higher education through the National Competition, students must satisfy the conditions stated by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Center). More information at NARIC.

 

For further information please contact international@ispa.pt