- Duration (years): 2.5 years
- Qualification Awarded: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
- Level of Qualification: Master Degree (2nd Cycle)
- Language of Instruction: English
- Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time
- Minimum ECTS Credits: 150
Profile of the Programme
The programme aims to train students in a variety of theoretical viewpoints from different fields in psychology and teach them the skills to practice effectively with different populations. The main goal of this programme is to train students to design and conduct research and apply the knowledge from this research effectively into practice. Of utmost importance is that the students develop an ethical professional identity that will guide their work as researchers and practitioners.
The Master of Science degree programme in Counselling Psychology is built upon the scientist-practitioner model of education and training where science and practice are viewed as complementary and interdependent. The programme aims to integrate the academic, research, and professional components of counselling psychology into a programme that promotes knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to the tradition of counselling psychology that prepares students for careers as professional psychologists in Cyprus and other European countries. With the completion of this programme, students have all the necessary qualifications for admissions to programmes of doctoral study in Cyprus or abroad.
On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to work in different professional settings in the private or public sector since their degree can give them license to work in Cyprus as Counselling Psychologists.
Potential employment opportunities include positions at different Counselling centres, clinics, schools, the business sector, private office and in the public sectors Counselling Psychologists can now be employed in clinics, hospitals or other organisations.
Access to Further Studies
Upon graduation, students may have direct access to further postgraduate (PhD, or PsyD) studies mainly in Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology (depending on the University).
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 150 ECTS and all programme requirements.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate the major theories and philosophies within the selected fields in Counselling Psychology.
- Critically assess their own personal philosophy of human beings as well as their strengths and weaknesses as they impact the counselling process.
- Demonstrate skills in assessing and evaluating the counselling process in the context of everyday challenges, and to develop competencies in different communication skills.
- Have an enhanced insight into the wide diversity represented by individuals of different cultures, gender, ethnicity, races, religions, ages, physical/mental status, and other groups.
- Become exposed to a wide range of populations having a variety of problems through participation in supervised clinical training experiences, both in the State and in the Private Sector.
- Demonstrate flexibility in their role as counselling psychologists according to the needs of the population they work with (e.g. individuals, groups, couples) and the task they have to accomplish.
- Assess the dynamics of the group processes to the person’s interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics and interactions.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the design and use of different preventive and therapeutic methods in their work with people with various problems.
- Acquire training in the selection, application, and interpretation of clinical and Psychometric assessment techniques and methods as well as in the understanding and application of the results following professional standards.
- Critically evaluate research in the different areas of counselling, demonstrate the ability to ask scientific questions relevant to Counseling Psychology, design and conduct research in order to answer these questions.
- Evidence knowledge in the use of different research methodologies in Counseling and exhibit skills in the use of data analysis methods.
- Conduct themselves with professionalism, demonstrating deep knowledge and understanding of professional standards and work ethics and their application to real-life situations.
Scholarships - Financial Aid
The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.