Mgr. Jan Širůček, Ph.D.
Wisdom, courage and temperance.
The three-year Bachelor programme in Psychology allows students to acquire knowledge in all foundational areas of psychology and in its scientific methodology. The programme is the first step in preparation to pursue a career in psychology. It also offers knowledge of psychology to those who wish to apply it in other professions, including business, or to those who consider a career in academia.
The outcome of pursuing the degree is an active mastery of skills and knowledge, theoretical as well as practically applicable, that allows graduates to: a) continue to study for a Master’s degree, b) use their knowledge and skills in practice - eg. in civil service, social care, diplomacy, non-profit organizations, foundations, the media, human resources, education and publishing, public relations, security forces, and management.
The content of the programme is focused on the core theoretical disciplines of psychology (cognitive psychology, the psychology of emotions and motivation, social psychology, developmental psychology, personality and individual differences, psychological research methodology, psychometrics, etc.). The programme also aims for the graduates to acquire a skillset of practical psychological knowledge (research, communication, and cooperation skills). Emphasis is placed not only on the graduates attaining foundational psychological knowledge, but, above all, on developing a critical reasoning approach to psychological theories in the context of contemporary theoretical and empirical findings and on developing a sense of responsibility for the knowledge base of psychology and the state of psychology as a discipline.
The curriculum is constructed in such a way so that students (a) gain knowledge of the core areas of psychology, (b) attain proficiency in scientific methodology sufficient to carry out a research project in psychology, (c) be able to orient themselves in the growing body of psychological literature and to evaluate it critically, (d) gain skills for applying psychology to the aforementioned areas of professional life.
Thanks to the close personal link between the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Research on Children, Youth, and Family, the students are in contact with contemporary scientific issues and have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects, which improves their competitiveness on the job market and in applying for a Master’s degree not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.
The Bachelor programme in psychology does not include any practical training. Given that the focus of the programme is on careers in healthcare, pedagogical and psychological consulting, and in HR, practical training is included in the Master’s degree programme.
The graduates of the Bachelor programme in psychology are fully prepared to continue to study for a Master’s degree in psychology and to enter the job market. For graduates, the outcomes of their studies are basic psychological competence that can be used in working with people, even though this degree does not qualify one to become a professional psychologist. On the job market, a Bachelor degree in psychology is an advantage in competitiveness in many areas. The most common career path for graduates is to continue their studies in a Master’s degree programme. Upon seeking employment or starting a business, the outcome of the graduate’s studies is that they are capable to combine their knowledge and skills in psychology with the requirements of their respective employment or business. Typically, the areas covered include social care, charitable organizations and foundations, the prison system, civil service, HR and consulting, PR and advertising, management, and others. When considering a career in either education or health care, students ought to keep in mind that it is a legal requirement that they have both the single-major Bachelor degree as well as Master’s degree in psychology. Majoring in psychology can be recommended to students interested in HR and management, in combination with other study programmes focusing on economics, social work, etc. The minor in psychology is only targeted at students who consider it to be of value to gain a basic education in psychology without wanting to pursue psychology as a career path.
Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.
In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes. An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.
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Graduates of the Bachelor degree programme in Psychology can continue to study for a Master’s degree in Psychology upon meeting the conditions of admission.
|Provided by||Faculty of Social Studies|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||3 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|