Warsaw, Poland


Language: EnglishStudies in English
Subject area: social
Kind of studies: full-time studies
University website: english.swps.pl

Psychology is a discipline whose goal is to understand and solve problems of an individual, a group or a whole society. Psychological knowledge and skills are necessary for a profession as a psychologist as well as for many other professions, especially those in which one has to adapt to many challenges related to human mental life and behavior.

In Poland and in Europe in order to work as a psychologist one has to complete five years of studies majoring in Psychology. The five years of studies can be accomplished by graduating from a ”3 + 2” program or a 5-year long-cycle program. The ”3 + 2” program refers to a Bachelor’s Degree (3 years) and a Master’s Degree (2 years).  The 5-year long-cycle program refers to a course of studies that is not divided into two stages.

Completing either a Bachelor’s Degree (3 yrs.) in Psychology or a Master’s Degree (2 yrs.) in Psychology will equip a student with knowledge and skills needed in many areas of work such as human resources or social services, but achieving either level of education will not be sufficient to practice independently as a psychologist. 

Completing both a Bachelor’s Degree (3 yrs.) in Psychology and a Master’s Degree (2 yrs.) in Psychology or a 5-year long-cycle program in Psychology will equip students with competencies that form a foundation (together with practical experience) for professional practice as a psychologist.

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope and diverse interests that, when taken together, seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, and all the variety of epiphenomena they manifest. As a social science it aims to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.
The Savage interrupted him. "But isn't it natural to feel there's a God?"
"You might as well ask if it's natural to do up one's trousers with zippers," said the Controller sarcastically. "You remind me of another of those old fellows called Bradley. He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct. As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons–that's philosophy. People believe in God because they've been conditioned to.
"But all the same," insisted the Savage, "it is natural to believe in God when you're alone–quite alone, in the night, thinking about death …"
"But people never are alone now," said Mustapha Mond. "We make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so that it's almost impossible for them ever to have it."
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, chapter 17
The old distinctions among emotion, reason, and aesthetics are like the earth, air, and fire of an ancient alchemy. We will need much better concepts than these for a working psychic chemistry.
Marvin Minsky, "Music, Mind, and Meaning" (1981)
Despite the burgeoning technologies in the field of "helping", on many levels psychotherapy is still a crapshoot. Some of the goal of training, I think, is to help students accept that fact. The work is part science, part art, and part luck. Learning to tolerate the anxiety inherent in that recipe is critical for any clinician.
Martha Manning, in Undercurrents (1st edition ed.). HarperCollins. 1995. pp. p. 9
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