Follow-up Master's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject.

What will you learn?

The follow-up Master’s degree program in General Psychology is a single-major study program offered by the Department of Psychology and designed for graduates from the Bachelor’ study program in Psychology. The program follows current educational trends in the area and builds on the Department’s long, successful tradition of education and research. The high prestige as well as quality of study is reflected by the consistently high numbers of applicants (see below). The main objective of the Master’s study program is to produce highly qualified graduates prepared for numerous psychology-related careers, both in the various fields of psychological practice (for instance, in healthcare, education, marital and family counseling, transport, industry, HR, management, military and security) and in the academic sphere, i.e., in institutions focusing on science, research, development and innovations. The study program aims to equip the students with the ability to integrate, critically evaluate and utilize the acquired theoretical knowledge about theories, approaches and methods used in basic and applied psychological disciplines as well as in related subject fields. An emphasis is also placed on familiarity with the interdisciplinary nature of the given field of study and on adequate use of psychological methodology and of qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methods, psychodiagnostic methods and intervention procedures. Another significant objective of the study program is to teach the students the ethical aspects of psychological practice. Also, the students should acquire deep knowledge of the research methods, procedures and tools used in the area of mental health and quality-of-life improvement. The key educational objectives are met in close cooperation with foreign academic and research bodies and also in cooperation with the application sphere (, which translates into high professional quality of the graduates. An integral part of the study program consists in producing outputs of research conducted in cooperation with the educational and research centers of the Department of Psychology: PHIC – Psychology of Health and Illness Centre; CEPCoS – Centre for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Sciences; ACPP – Academic Centre for Positive Psychology; ACPS – Academic Centre of Counseling and Supervision; in this way, the students can be directly involved in research practice. The excellent nature of the study program is further underpinned by focusing on academic mobility, by the high number of subjects taught in English and by the employment of e-learning, technological innovations and interactive features; a selection of subjects make use of simulation devices, technologies and methods. Last but not least, an emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of education, practical training and internships of students in prospective career options, inviting guest speakers from psychological practice, and on various forms of project-oriented education.

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. (W. James)

Practical training

Students are required to complete elective and optional practical trainings and internships, which provide them with experience with clinical application of theoretical findings, research and psychodiagnostic methods and intervention procedures. Throughout the trainings, the students are expected to develop the necessary professional competencies and key application skills.

Practical training – required courses:

Practical Training in Psychodiagnostics (duration: 7 days) – 3 credits

Practical Training in Clinical Psychology (duration: 7 days) – 3 credits

Practical Training in Counseling and School Psychology (duration: 14 days) – 6 credits

Practical Training in Marital and Family Counseling (duration: 7 days) – 3 credits

Practical Training in Work and Management Psychology (duration: 7 days) – 3 credits

Elective practical training courses – elective courses – for example:

Pedagogical Training in Secondary School Psychology (duration: 14 days) – 6 credits (the course is also a part of the life-long education program /CŽV/– additional pedagogical studies)

The overall number of credits for practical trainings and internships that a student can earn throughout the study program:

required courses 18 credits

elective courses : 6 credits

Further information

Career opportunities

Career options for a successful graduate from the follow-up Master’s degree program in General psychology, a single-major academic study program, include becoming an academic expert in a range of institutions focusing on science, research, development and innovations, and working in the various fields of psychological practice (for instance, in healthcare, education, marital and family counseling, transport, industry, HR management, military and security, state administration and many others); some of the above professions (e.g. clinical psychologist and child clinical psychologist) require completing a single-major study program.

Admission requirements

Deadline for submitting applications: January 1 - April 30

Who the programme is intended for: the programme is intended for graduates of the single-subject Bachelor’s study programme in Psychology.

Subject matter of the entrance examination: The entrance examination is designed as a two-round examination. In the first round, candidates take a subject test covering knowledge in the field of psychology. On the basis of the results obtained in the test, successful candidates are then invited to an oral interview, which is aimed at verifying their ability to think critically in the relevant knowledge context and at the same time mapping the candidates' motivation to study.

The written test includes 50 items and covers knowledge of general psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychology of personality, methodology and statistics, psychopathology and neuropsychology. The recommended reading list is updated annually and published when the admission procedure is announced. The duration of the test is 40 minutes and is administered in computerised form. In order to progress to the second round of the admission procedure, applicants must achieve a score of at least 30 points (out of 50) in the written test.

The oral interview is a commission based interview, the commission consists of three members. The oral examination includes a debate on a chosen psychological topic, which focuses on the candidate's ability to think critically and integrate knowledge from the basic psychological disciplines. In addition, the interview focuses on the applicant's professional activities and achievements to date, his/her motivation to study, communication skills and personal aptitude for the psychology profession. The applicant may submit to the committee, for example, an abstract of his/her bachelor's thesis, a list of literature studied and a curriculum vitae, but it is not necessary to submit these materials. The applicant's results in the oral part of the entrance examination will be evaluated on a score range of 0 to 50 points.

Applicants will be admitted on the basis of the order determined by these scores in the second round of the entrance examination.

Waiver of the entrance examination: The entrance examination can be waived for applicants who have passed the Bachelor’s examination in the single-subject degree programme in Psychology with an excellent (A) result - therefore, it is not possible to recognize studies completed only by defending a Bachelor’s thesis. Applicants can ask for a waiver for the entrance examination via email to If an applicant who has obtained a Bachelor’s degree outside FA MU applies for a waiver for the entrance examination, then they must send a written application (form Universal application) and an authorized conversion of the diploma including a diploma supplement or confirmation of the final state examination result (if a diploma has not been issued yet) to email later than 26 June 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Studies.

General information on the course of the admission procedure to the follow-up Master’s degree programmes at FA MU can be found here. Documents for the current admission procedure are kept in Materials for Applicants.

Criteria for evaluation

Pass/fail line of the entrance examination: the candidate must achieve a minimum score of 30 points in the written test. The results of the admission procedure will be closed without delay.

Recommended literature

Basic recommended literature:

  • Eysenck, M. W., &Keane, M. T. (2008). Kognitivní psychologie. Praha: Academia
  • Sternberg, R. J. (2002). Kognitivní psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2002.
  • Stuchlíková, I. (2007). Základy psychologie emocí. Praha: Portál.
  • Nakonečný, M. (1996). Motivace lidského chování. Praha: Academia.
  • Plháková, A. (2004). Učebnice obecné psychologie. Praha: Academia.
  • Blatný, M. (Ed.) (2016). Psychologie celoživotního vývoje. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Lerner, R. M., & Damon, W. (Eds.) (2006). Handbook of child psychology (vol. 1.). New Jersey: Wiley.
  • Millová, K. (2012). Psychologie celoživotního vývoje: uvedení do moderních teorií. Brno: Host.
  • Thorová, K. (2015). Vývojová psychologie. Proměny lidské psychiky od početí po smrt. Praha: Portál.
  • Vágnerová, M. (2012). Vývojová psychologie: dětství a dospívání. Praha: Karolinum.
  • Výrost, J., & Slaměník, I. (eds, 2008). Sociální psychologie. Praha: Grada, 2008.
  • Hewstone, M., & Stroebe, W. (eds, 2006). Sociální psychologie: moderní učebnice sociální psychologie. Praha: Portál, 2006.
  • Myers, D. G. (2016). Sociální psychologie. Brno: Edika.
  • Blatný, M. a kol. (2010). Psychologie osobnosti: hlavní témata, současné přístupy. Praha: Grada.
  • Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. (2014). Personality psychology: international student version. (12th ed.). Singapore: Wiley.
  • Drapela, V. (2011). Přehled teorií osobnosti. Praha: Portál.
  • Pervin, L. (2008). Handbook of personality: theory and research. (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford Press.
  • Ferjenčík, J. (2010). Úvod do metodologie psychologického výzkumu: jak zkoumat lidskou duši. Vyd. 2. Praha: Portál.
  • Goodwin, K. A., & Goodwin, C. J. (2016). Research in psychology: methods and design. 8th ed. Hoboken: Wiley & Sons.
  • Miovský, M. (2006). Kvalitativní přístup a metody v psychologickém výzkumu. Vyd. 1. Praha: Grada.
  • Svoboda, M. (ed.), Češková, E., Kučerová, H. (2006). Psychopatologie a psychiatrie pro psychology. Praha, Portál.
  • Diamant, J.J., &Vašina, L. (1998). Kapitoly z neuropsychologie. Brno: Masarykova univerzita.
  • Kulišťák, P. (2011). Neuropsychologie. Praha: Portál.

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

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.

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Detailed information about study plan courses

Follow-up studies

The graduate can complete additional pedagogical studies, either in the form of a lifelong education course at the Masaryk University, or at any other university, which will make it possible for them to work as a secondary school psychology teacher. Similar career options are provided by other additional courses, such as Psychology in Healthcare and Forensic Psychology.

Earning a Master’s degree in General Psychology entitles the graduate to submit a rigorosum thesis and an application for a state rigorosum examination, upon whose successful completion a PhDr. will be awarded.

The graduate may decide to further enhance their professional qualification by enrolling in a Psychology doctoral program or in another doctoral program offered to the Master’s degree graduates, upon whose successful completion a Ph.D. will be awarded. Within Masaryk University, the relevant faculties are primarily the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Medicine (for instance, at the Department of Psychology and Psychosomatics); other options include various universities and faculties within the Czech Republic and their relevant doctoral study programs (e.g. the Medical Psychology and Psychopathology Ph.D. program at the Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague), and also various universities abroad. Doctoral study programs are primarily intended for those interested in pursuing an academic career at a university, or a research career in an institution focusing on science, research, development and innovations.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Follow-up master's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 2 years
Language of instruction Czech

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PhDr. Zdenka Stránská, Ph.D.



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