Master’s academic studies of applied psychology (sport, medical and forensic psychology) last for one academic year. A total number of ECTS point to be collected by a student is 60. A student who graduates from this study programme gains the titles of Master psychologist.
In order to be considered eligible for the first year of master’s academic studies, the student needs to hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology earned through an accredited study programme.
During the first semester of the master’s studies, the student takes three obligatory exams that provide him/her with advanced knowledge on scientific research, working in practice and teaching of psychology. Students can also choose between two elective courses offering specific knowledge and covering three different areas of applied psychology – sport, medical and forensic psychology. During the second semester, the student writes his/her master’s thesis.
This study programme does not offer the option to take courses from other study programmes.
Students acquire basic knowledge and skills through interactive lectures, individual research and studying, group work and seminars, work in the computer lab, but also through practical field work under the mentor’s supervision.
A student earns his/her diploma if he/she passes all exams defined by the study programme of master’s academic studies of psychology, writes and defends the master’s thesis (thus collecting 60 ECTS, overall), within the terms defined by the Law on Higher Education. In addition to the diploma, the student also obtains a Diploma supplement.
Master’s thesis is an independent research paper done by the student and represents a final examination to obtain the title of master psychologist. It is realised through the research study within one of the courses of the programme that the student has chosen. The value of the master’s thesis is 30 ECTS.
This study programme does not offer the option of transfer from other study programmes.
Psychology of sport and physical education
A block of optional courses 1 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Kinanthropological analysis of sports
Programming of kinesiological transformations
Historical context and latest trends of physical education in Europe
Biomedical context of change management
A block of optional courses 2 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Adapted physical exercise
Wellness-world processes and tendencies
A block of optional courses 3 (1 of 3 can be chosen)
Management of sporting organisations
Applied management of IT systems
Upon graduating from the master’s studies of applied psychology, students are expected to independently use the obtained skills and knowledge in one of the following fields:
- Sport psychology (application of psychology in sport and physical exercise);
- Medical psychology (application of psychology in various branches of medicine) and
- Forensic psychology (application of psychology in law, in cases of psychological forensic evaluation).
By opting for a course, the student decides to gain advanced knowledge in one of the abovementioned fields. In addition to focusing on one area, the student will gain more extensive knowledge of general importance for psychology. This means that he/she will be taught to independently conduct research, relying on latest discoveries in the field that he/she is interested in, as well as on ethical principles of the profession, taught to design and conduct various preventive activities, but also the necessary advisory interventions. The student will also be taught to adequately communicate the results of his/her practical work to the professional public. In addition to this, the students who pass their exams at the bachelor’s level of studies can opt to choose the course of Methodics of teaching psychology from the master’s studies, which would allow them to obtain the competencies required to teach psychology in high schools. The number of obtained ECTS points for courses which guarantees teacher’s competences is stated on the Diploma supplement.