The Master’s in Psychology leads to the professional title of psychologist.
The main objective of the Research focus is to train students for a career in psychological research. It includes both course-specific and discipline-specific training.
The course provides theoretical and practical training in human functioning in order to practice psychology in various fields, such as health, work, education and justice, while applying an ethical and scientific approach. It enables students to work with individuals, groups and organisational structures to promote human development and well-being. Students also develop skills to conduct research in the field of psychology and gain the necessary foundations for a career in research.
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The Master’s in Psychology (Research) is for anyone interested in human problems and their understanding and who wishes to improve the quality of life of people, both individually and within groups, by helping them to cope with the difficulties they encounter in their personal, social and professional relationships and in their learning and development processes.
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Pathways after the Master’s in Psychology
Students with a Master’s degree in Psychology can register for the AESS teacher training course or for a PhD/doctoral training in Psychology and Education.
Upon application, students may also be granted access to certain Advanced Master’s degree programmes, e.g. in Risk Management and Well-Being at Work, in University and Higher Education Pedagogy, in Language Sciences or in Support for Professionals in Education, Management, Social Action and Health.
The Faculty of Psychology and Education also offers a wide range of certification courses, which are detailed on the Faculty’s Continuing Education web page.
Program and structure
The programme totals at least 120 credits which are organised in two 60-credit annual blocks.
In Block 1, the programme includes a 15-credit core curriculum, the objective of which is to train students in psychodiagnosis (a cross-disciplinary skill in all fields of psychology) and to prepare them for the dissertation through a specific seminar.
The structure of the Master’s programme allows students, who are responsible for their own learning process, to select a 30-credit module of their choice:
- Clinical neuropsychology
- Clinical psychodynamic psychology of children and adolescents
- Systemic clinical psychology and adult psychodynamics
- Psychology of work, organisations and diversity
- Legal psychology.
As part of the Research focus, students must complete a “research training” module (15 credits), alongside their thematic training. This module can be taken in English or French.
Finally, the programme includes two 400-hour placements (15 credits each) and a dissertation (30 credits).
In order to help students organise their working time as efficiently as possible, the Faculty organises all the theoretical courses of Block 1 in the first semester, thereby giving students the opportunity to carry out their first placement in the second semester.
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The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes, i.e. what the student should know, understand and be able to achieve at the end of a learning activity, a teaching unit or a study cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, expertise and soft skills.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Analyse a situation (individual or collective) with reference to relevant psychological theories and methodological approaches.
- Choose an intervention, justify it and analyse it.
- Communicate and exchange information in a structured manner suited to the purpose and audience.
- Work effectively with different stakeholders as part of a team or network of professionals.
- Act in an ethical and professional manner.
- Assess and pursue professional and personal development.
- Understand the scientific approach to research in the field of psychology.
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Graduates of the Master's degree in Psychology are eligible to work as psychologists in a wide range of fields, e.g. health, work and employment, business, education, training, justice, etc.
Here are some examples of possible career opportunities: psychologist in hospitals, psychologist in treatment centres, counselling, mental health or family planning centres, neuropsychologist, psychologist in companies (HR management, health and safety at work, organisational change, etc. ), school and career guidance counsellor, psychologist in services dealing with disabled people or individuals in difficult situations, psychologist in the justice system (expert reports, prevention and treatment of delinquency, etc.), teacher (secondary, further and higher education), independent psychologist (consultations), psychotherapist, psychopharmacologist, psychologist in specialised educational environments, etc.
Graduates of the Master's degree in Psychology may also go into research, by completing 3rd cycle studies (PhD and doctoral training).