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Detailed program

The current* program of studies

* Applicable from the year 2020-2021. If you have started your studies in an earlier year, scroll to the bottom of the page for detailed descriptions of the program of studies that applies to you.

WISP is a five-year unified master program in Psychology

Unified means that it does not have a separate bachelor phase, but that after five years a master’s degree is awarded. In terms of structure, the program of studies is comparable to a Bachelor + Master however. The first three years are devoted to covering the basis of the different fields within psychology, the last two years are devoted to specialization in one specific area within psychology.

During years 1-3 a number of obligatory courses cover all major fields in psychology and focus on certain skills any psychologist should possess. In addition there is ample opportunity to choose elective course on topics of students own interest.

In years 4 and 5 students complete a specialization of their choice. The current specializations that are being offered are:

  • Clinical Psychology – track Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology – track Psychotherapy
  • Business Psychology
  • Social Research Specialization

Also in these final years there is still plenty of opportunity to complete elective courses or courses of a different specializations

Courses in the Faculty of Psychology are assigned credits in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One academic year of studies is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. These credits need to be gathered by passing all obligatory courses in a given year, complemented with credits obtained from elective courses. A minimum of 300 credits must be earned during the 5-year course of study.

The tables underneath provide an overview of the program of studies with all obligatory courses listed. Below the table are further explanations of course types and requirements.

Obligatory courses

YEAR 1 semester hours and format ECTS
Academic Skills first 30h seminar 4
Biological Bases of Behavior I first 30h lecture + 30h seminar 8
Intellectual Property Rights first 4h lecture 0.5
Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy first 30h lecture 4
Introduction to Psychology first 30h lecture 4
Occupational Health and Safety first Online test 0.5
Research Methods first 30h lecture + 30h seminar 8
Basic Psychological Skills first & second 60h training 4
Biological Bases of Behavior II second 30h lecture 4
Cognitive Psychology I second 30h lecture 4
History of Psychology second 30h lecture 4
Statistics I second 30h lecture + 30h training 8
Logic second 30h seminar 3
Elective courses second 4
total 60

 

YEAR 2 semester hours and format ECTS
Cognitive Psychology II first 30h lecture 4
Developmental psychology I first 30h lecture 4
Emotions and Motivation first 30h lecture 4
Experimental Psychology first 30h training 4
Psychometrics first 30h lecture 4
Statistics II first 30h training 4
Developmental Psychology II second 30h lecture + 30h seminar 8
Individual Differences second 30h lecture 4
Social Psychology second 30h lecture + 30h seminar 8
Standardized Diagnostic Testing                 . second 30h training 4
Statistics III second 30h training 4
Elective courses first & second 8
total 60

 

YEAR 3 semester hours and format ECTS
Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology . first 30h lecture + 30h seminar 8
Psychological Interviewing first 30h training 4
Psychological Assessment first 30h lecture 4
Empirical Paper first & second individual research project 6
Health Psychology second 30h lecture + 15h seminar 6
Career Development Path second 30h seminar 4
Personality Psychology second 30h lecture 4
Qualitative Research Methods second 30h training 4
Elective courses first & second 20
total 60

 

YEAR 4 semester hours and format ECTS
Master’s thesis first & second 10
Elective courses first & second variable
Specialization courses                                    . first & second variable
Professional Ethics in Applied and
Experimental Psychology
second 30h lecture 4
total 60

 

YEAR 5 semester hours and format ECTS
Master’s thesis first & second 10
Elective courses first & second variable
Specialization courses                                    . first & second variable
total 60

 

The empirical paper is an individual research project students conduct throughout year 3, under supervision of an academic researcher. Students select a topic of their interest and develop a research plan in cooperation with their supervisor. After data is gathered and analyzed, the results of the study will be described in an empirical paper that has the format of a scientific article. The paper is reviewed by the supervisor and a second independent reviewer.

The master’s thesis is the closing piece of the study program. During four semesters –under supervision- students develop a research plan, collect and analyze data, and present the results in the master’s thesis, which will be defended in front of a committee. The defense of the master’s thesis is regarded as the final exam, and is the moment of actual graduation.

 

Elective courses

During all years of study students have the freedom to select elective courses. Elective courses come in two general types, 1) those offered by WISP and 2) those offered by other departments of the University – so called OGUN courses (Polish abbreviation for “general university courses”, meaning that the course is open for all university students, irrespective of their field of study).

The elective courses offered by WISP are psychology courses, the “OGUNs” offered by other departments can be related to any topic or field, depending on the department offering the course.

WISP elective courses range from basic introductory courses, primarily aimed at a beginning students, to very specific and specialized courses directed towards students in their final stage of studies. A distinction is made between electives that focus practical application of knowledge and skills, and those that are more typically academic. The large majority of WISP elective courses are labeled as “academic”. Students must complete at least 6 ECTS of “academic” electives by the end of their studies.

In addition, during their course of studies students must complete at least 15 ETCS of OGUN courses, 5 out of which should be from the domain of the humanities (for example anthropology, history, linguistics, law, philosophy, etc.). The two obligatory “courses” in the first year: Intellectual Property Rights and Occupational Health and Safety also count as OGUN courses. A maximum of 40 ECTS of OGUN courses can be counted towards completion of the study program. It is allowed to complete more than 40 ECTS of OGUN courses, but course beyond the 40 ECTS limit will not count towards completion of the study program.

 

Specialization courses

In years four and five students must complete at least 48 ECTS of specialization courses. At the end of year three students enroll in a specialization of their choice, which guarantees them access to all courses of that specialization. Students completing at least 48 ECTS of a given specialization, will receive a certificate of completion. Students are not obliged to complete all 48 ECTS within one specialization however. At their free will student may choose to de-register from courses of their specialization and to register for courses of other specializations – provided there is space. Although the requirement for graduation is the completion of at least 48 ECTS of specialization courses, a certificate of completion of a specific specialization is only awarded in case 48 ECTS are completed within a single specialization. Students are free to complete more than 48 ECTS of specialization courses, in order to make it possible to complete one specialization but also explore other specializations.

 

Other courses and requirements

Physical Education (PE)

By the end of their third year of studies, students must have completed 3 semesters of Physical Education (PE) classes. The University offers a wide range of sports and physical activities students can choose from.

Language

By the end of their third year of studies, students must have:

  • Completed 2 semester of language classes (60 hours per course) offered by the University. They are free to choose any language except their native language OR the official language of the country of citizenship. Students receive credit for language classes.
  • Pass a benchmarked language exam at the B1 CEFR level (lower intermediate). The language of choice cannot be the native language or English. To fulfill this requirement students can take exams organized by the University or present any of the major recognized language certificates attesting to the required level.
Optional traineeship

Students in year 4 and 5 can choose to complete up to two traineeships of at least 100 hours for which they can receive 4 ECTS each. The traineeship has to be organized by students themselves.

 

The program of studies for students who started their studies in the year 2019-2020 or earlier

IMPORTANT!! Make sure to correctly identify your program of studies.

You program of studies is determined by the year when started your studies at WISP (transfer students are an exception to this, see below). So if you started your studies in October 2018, you need to look for the program of studies of the year 2018-2019. If you have taken a Dean’s leave or a medical leave this has no influence on that.

Students who transferred to WISP and started their studies in a higher year than the first year, will have to complete the program valid for the cohort of students on the year transferred into. For example, if you transferred to WISP and started your studies in October 2020 on the third year of studies, the program of studies applying to that cohort is the one of 2018-2019, as the students who are in year three in 2020-2021 started their studies in the year 2018-2019.

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2019-2020

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2018-2019

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2017-2018

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2016-2017

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2015-2016

Program of studies for students who started in the year 2014-2015