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
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.