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Qualification: Master's degree in biopsychology (no legal status)

Master's degree in biopsychology (no legal status)

Qualification Information

Students will be able to:

(general competences)

  • undertake continuous professional training and self-reflection,
  • integrate scientific and professional knowledge with related scientific disciplines,
  • think in an abstract and critical manner, formulate theoretical concepts and transfer them into practice,
  • focus on interdisciplinary research,
  • develop and evaluate interventions directed towards the individual, a group or society,
  • apply acquired knowledge in practical situations,
  • apply acquired knowledge and skills in research and professional work,
  • develop a personal professional strategy to address problems,
  • adopt a problem-based approach to various problems,
  • seek out and select relevant literature,
  • seek out and select, adapt or develop methods, techniques and instruments,
  • produce written products: situation analyses, intervention plans and research reports,
  • present research findings,
  • communicate,
  • ensure ongoing professional development,
  • evaluate own knowledge of the material studied in terms of realisation of the objectives set,
  • develop ethical responsibility in the field of providing advice to individuals and groups,
  • identify needs for and define the aims of biopsychological treatment,
  • analyse, define and evaluate significant characteristics of individuals and groups,
  • develop appropriate interventions on the basis of theory,
  • prepare and implement interventions,
  • evaluate implemented interventions in practice and formulate recommendations on this basis,
  • demonstrate understanding of ethics,

(subject-specific competences)

  • demonstrate knowledge of various quantitative and qualitative research plans and data collection methods,
  • demonstrate understanding of the purpose and application of research methods in the natural sciences and social sciences, with an emphasis on neuroscience, psychological science, ethology, genetics and behavioural genetics,
  • make interdisciplinary connections between scientific disciplines (psychology, mental health, psycho- and socio-pathology, neuroscience, etc.),
  • demonstrate understanding of theory on the basis of examples of application,
  • transfer methodological knowledge and autonomous application in research,
  • analyse and compare different research plans and methods with reference to a research problem,
  • creatively plan research and combine research methods,
  • demonstrate awareness of the limitations of research methods and ethical dilemmas and reflect critically on biopsychological research,
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of basic (univariate and bivariate descriptive and inferential) statistics and knowledge of more complex multivariate statistics,
  • demonstrate understanding of the purpose and application of individual techniques of multivariate statistical analysis,
  • autonomously carry out (multivariate) statistical analysis using a widely used statistical analysis software package,
  • compare different techniques of multivariate analysis and select the most suitable for a specific research problem,
  • demonstrate understanding of the practical importance of the relationship between the influence of genetics and environment on behaviour patterns,
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the techniques and strategies used to determine the genetic basis of behaviour patterns in people and animals,
  • define certain behavioural disorders and diseases and attribute them to the activity of a specific gene or set of genes, while at the same time determining the environmental influence,
  • demonstrate understanding of the transfer of genetic information in the case of diseases and disorders, in order to interpret resulting behavioural responses,
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the causes and development of disorders of the central nervous system,
  • demonstrate understanding of basic methods of treatment and research in the field of the study of central nervous system disease,
  • demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills necessary for the diagnostic assessment of the central nervous system and detection of disorders via biological indicators,
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental theoretical models in clinical psychology,
  • demonstrate knowledge of and differentiate between the basic characteristics of various mental disorders,
  • demonstrate practical understanding of ethical principles in clinical psychology and the broader field of psychology,
  • demonstrate empathetic understanding, listening skills and the ability to conduct a psychological interview,
  • demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental models of psychological counselling,
  • demonstrate knowledge of various types of interviews with an emphasis on the psychological interview,
  • demonstrate understanding of and critically analyse the performance of an interview in the context of the client's needs and the purposes of treatment,
  • define interview goals and criteria for evaluating the performance of the interview with regard to these goals,
  • plan activities and interventions on the basis of information obtained in the interview,
  • establish a counselling relationship and define goals,
  • apply the fundamental skills of psychological counselling,
  • evaluate the suitability of planned interventions (planning, measurement and analysis, applicability, reliability),
  • critically assess and analyse scientific and professional findings in the field of health psychology,
  • use theoretical findings and carry out interventions in an applied environment/in the field,
  • plan therapeutic activities and interventions,
  • demonstrate critical understanding of the views of different approaches to performing interventions to help individuals and groups,
  • integrate theoretical knowledge acquired during studies with practical knowledge in the working environment,
  • cooperate with professional colleagues in an actual working environment.

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Third-cycle doctoral study programmes (SQF level 10)

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Examination performance is graded as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, a candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10).

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  • A completed first-cycle (bachelor's) programme in Biopsychology or Psychology consisting of at least 180 credits; or
  • an academic bachelor's degree from the previous single-subject programme in Psychology (adopted before 11 June 2004); or
  • a completed first-cycle (bachelor's) programme or academic bachelor's degree from a previous programme (adopted before 11 June 2004) in another field, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study consisting of 10–60 credits.

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University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies

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In order to complete the programme, students must complete all course units and defend a master's thesis.

NQF Level: 
8
Access requirements: 
  • A completed first-cycle (bachelor's) programme in Biopsychology or Psychology consisting of at least 180 credits; or
  • an academic bachelor's degree from the previous single-subject programme in Psychology (adopted before 11 June 2004); or
  • a completed first-cycle (bachelor's) programme or academic bachelor's degree from a previous programme (adopted before 11 June 2004) in another field, if prior to enrolment the candidate has completed course units essential for further study consisting of 10–60 credits.
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In order to complete the programme, students must complete all course units and defend a master's thesis.