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Economics ι Psychology ι Social Sciences

Economics

The field of Economics prepares experts to meet the challenges of rapidly changing and internationalising business life.

Students in Economics concentrate on areas such as economics, leadership and management. The education also emphasises entrepreneurship and international aspects. A degree in this field provides capabilities to analyse business finances and make related decisions.

Graduates mainly work in various managerial and expert positions within companies and public administration as well as organisations. Studies in Economics also offer pathways to further studies and scientific research as well as to entrepreneurship.

Psychology

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.

Social Sciences

Areas of interest in Social Sciences include political, economic and social issues.

Social scientists examine human communities and groups and different forms of people’s collaboration and sense of community, such as difference and similarity, values, norms, attitudes, customs, administration, culture, the world of work and politics. Researchers interview, survey, analyse and observe individuals and groups, as well as explore the causes of shortcomings, such as poverty and racism, and the effects of fast or slow changes, such as revolutions and wars or industrialisation and evolution of the mass media.

The field offers studies in areas such as sociology, economics, political history, political science, development studies, administrative sciences, cultural studies, tourism, communication and municipal science.

Graduates from Social Sciences programmes often find employment in central and local governments and various organisations. Alongside the major subject, minor subjects often play a role in the type of work which graduates may find. If you are interested in business life, for example, you can choose Law or Business studies as minor subjects.