Psychology is the study of human behaviour and its laws. Psychological research is linked to areas such as medicine, natural sciences, humanities, as well as research into education and society.
The Master’s degree, Master of Arts (Psychology), qualifies graduates to work as licensed psychologists in health care. However, the education is also more general in nature, preparing students for a wide variety of assignments outside the health care sector as well. Psychology education enables working in any field relating to human beings or human actions and behaviour.
The latest challenges include assignments relating to development of the world of work and the information society. In addition, assessment and rehabilitation of learning difficulties as part of neuropsychology is a growing area for assignments. In addition to education in Psychology, several psychologists have training in psychotherapy, which also allows them to work as self-employed psychotherapists, in addition to traditional psychologist’s positions.
Psychologists may work in the following areas, among others:
- at psychiatric hospitals
- at psychiatric outpatient departments or mental health clinics
- at schools as school psychologists
- at higher education institutions as researchers or student psychologists
- at child guidance and family counselling clinics
- at employment offices
- in companies as developers, consultants or in HR administration, for example.
Although there are differences in research priorities and certain specialisation courses between universities, university programmes do not differ much in terms of educational contents. The choice of university also does not have much bearing on the types of assignments that students will find upon graduation.