The Master of Psychology programme offers main subjects.
Clinical psychology researches the relation between behaviour, cognition and emotion on the one hand, and sickness and health on the other with a view to arriving at a diagnosis and putting in place clinical psychological interventions in response to a wide range of issues and request for assistance from individuals and groups.
Industrial psychology and personnel management as a main subject aspires to train psychologists in a scientifically underpinned manner who are duly capable of stepping up to the task of assuming the integrated role of expert/facilitator in three areas of specialisation, i.e. personnel management, organisational psychology, and work and occupational psychology. In addition, the main subject is intended to provide an in-depth exploration in the area of consumer psychology and industrial relations.
Theoretical and experimental psychology offers a highly research-focused study programme aimed at solving problems pertaining to human behaviour, cognition and experience in the context of research education and interdisciplinary teams.
Specialization in education aims at those who want to be employed in an educational setting after graduation.
Different teaching methods are used in the master program, with special attention for working in smaller groups, learning and practicing skills, and personal development. In addition to lectures, there are on-line discussion-groups, group work, different seminars, practicum, integration seminars and micro-teaching. Seminars are also organized in pc-classes and in the skills lab. Teaching in small groups has the advantage that students can participate actively to the learning of skills and competences, receive direct and specific feedback, learn from peers, and have a better interaction with the instructor. Learning in small groups also means cooperative learning, with attention for multidisciplinary work.
Finally a web based learning environment offers the possibility of guided self-instruction. The student can study in depth theoretical or practice based items and cases at his own pace.
During the master program, the student works under supervision at a master thesis, and there is an internship period in which one can apply and further develop expertise and skills.
The purpose of the master thesis is to be able to set up, execute and report in writing on a theoretical, methodological or empirical study in a scientifically sound manner before a scientific forum.
Especially for the 1st year of the master students should be able to formulate a research inquiry and frame it in a more general problem definition and in related scientific research. The emphasis lays on the formulation of a problem definition, the sound search, integration and presentation of scientific information. In an empirical study, the elaboration of an appropriate research program is important. In order to coach the student, master thesis I is provided.
With respect to the 2nd master year, the set-up and implementation, as well as the report in a written and publishable article, are highlighted in an empirical or methodological study. As far as a theoretical study is concerned, the thesis should report on a recent state of the art and on critical conclusions based upon a sound study of scientific literature.
The title of "psychologist" is protected in Belgium (Law of 10-8-1993). Masters in Psychology who want to carry this title, must be registered on the 'list of psychologists'. Subscribing to and updating of this list is done by the Commission of Psychologists (www.psychologencommissie.be).