BA in Psychology

General

Program Description

The goal of this program is to train professionals in the theoretical foundations and basic methods of psychology and also, to give an insight into the applied branches of its disciplines such as possessing skills and techniques that can be used in order to measure, explore and develop individuals, groups or organizations through experiments. Students will obtain an integrated knowledge of education, communication, socialization, learning, and human development. It is also aimed to provide modern knowledge and true sense of vocation that support further learning in any psychology MA.

Strength of program

The foreign language qualification of ELTE has a long history stemming from the internationally known workshops and the teachers who are also recognized internationally. The program exists since 1991. During these years the Institute welcomed 50-60 students per year from a wide range of foreign countries. The student to teacher ratio supports a tutorial-like atmosphere which can boost communication and guidance effectiveness among the students and their teachers. Regarding the number of staff and students, the professional preparedness, administrative capacity, and infrastructural conditions of the institute, the Faculty of Education and Psychology at ELTE is the best Institute of Psychology in Hungary.

Structure

The curriculum of the faculty underlines the importance of theoretical knowledge and the regular syllabus of the profession of psychology, therefore it teaches the methodology and the practical courses eligible to master the main applied branches and the training that shape the skills and competencies necessary for the behavior analysis separately and supports it with high credit volume. Next to the basic courses and the regular syllabus the curriculum also offers further special courses to help their detailed understanding. One can choose from them in order to decide in which practical field the student wants to become familiar with or more deeply engaged in.

The methodically demanding research papers compiled in the fields of the basic branches substantiate the final dissertation which is, in fact, a portfolio of the empirical findings of these research papers, but with a methodical completion of an individually chosen one with a further introduction into practical applications.

The final examination consists of the defense and discussion of the research papers. Students are to place their research papers within the broader context of their studies in psychology. Special emphasis will be given to the methodological skill and appropriate use of statistical methods acquired by the student.

Common studies of common fields, common branch assortment, basic modules
  • History of Philosophy and Psychology
  • Study and Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Basics of Research Methods
  • Physiology and Anatomy 1
  • Physiology and Anatomy Practical
  • Physiology and Anatomy 2
  • Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Genetics
  • Culture and Society
Basic science studies
  • Cognitive Psychology 2
  • Affective Psychology
  • Research Field Practice in Cognitive/Affective Psychology
  • Comprehensive Exam in Cognitive/Affective Psychology
  • Personality Psychology 1
  • Personality Psychology 2
  • Research Field Practice in Personality Psychology
  • Comprehensive Exam in Personality Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology 1
  • Developmental Psychology 2
  • Research Field Practice in Developmental Psychology
  • Comprehensive Exam in Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology 1
  • Social Psychology 2
  • Research Field Practice in Social Psychology
  • Comprehensive Exam in Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology 1
History and application of psychology
  • Special Course in Applied Psychology
  • Psychological Ethics and Legal Issues
Bordering sciences and differentiated research methodology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Research Methods Practical 1
  • Research Methods Practical 2
  • Research Methods Practical 3
  • Research Methods Practical 4
  • Psychological Skill Training
Optional basic science studies
  • Introduction to Bordering Sciences
Main fields of application in psychology
  • Introduction to Adult and Child Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology Practical
  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Introduction to Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Career opportunities

The activity of a behavior-analyst can find its grounds and justification in every organization, field, institute, where the following processes take place: education, qualification, development, leadership, recruitment, selection, re-education, correction, or health activities. Furthermore, a behavior analyst can also work in any psychological laboratory and can complete and evaluate several standard experiments and aptitude tests of organizational psychology. Naturally – in specific cases – the supervision of a qualified psychologist is obligatory. A behavior analyst is trained and prepared to conduct and analyze several experiments regarding human interventions, like standard or intentional survey of competence, adaptivity, attitude or functioning, the demand for such professionals can be characterized as significant and remarkable. Institutes that already employ a well-trained and qualified psychologist can also claim professionals to work under supervision and deepen their competence this way. Thus, human resources and financial budgets might get better organized and become more productive whilst remaining cost-effective – benefiting both employers and employees.

Job examples
  • Behavior-analyst
  • HR-assistant
  • Assistant in psychological researches

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

The students who can apply for a BA in Psychology program for the 2018/2019 academic year, are expected to present the documentation of their certificate of matriculation from a secondary school and to submit their application with the necessary attachments.

The university only accepts certificates, which are equivalent to the Hungarian certificate of matriculation, thus appropriate for continuing one’s studies in university education. If the certificate is not in English, the university needs an official translation, which could be a translation by the secondary school as well.

If the applicant completes their secondary education during the current term and their certificate is not issued before the application deadline a proof of student status/a certification which verifies that the applicant will receive matriculation is required instead. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present their certificate of matriculation upon enrolment at the latest.

This program is not available for Hungarian citizens.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities (Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.)). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (oral) (A1-C2): B2
  • A minimum level of language proficiency (written) (A1-C2): B2

Further comments:

The language of instruction for the entire program is English, so a very good command of English is required during the oral entrance exam and throughout the whole program. The language knowledge is assessed and evaluated during the interview, the Faculty of Education and Psychology doesn't require an official language certificate.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form.
  • Record of the final two years in secondary school.
  • Secondary school certificate.
  • CV
  • Motivation letter.
    The letter should contain approximately 2000 characters. You should explain your experiences and ideas, how you met psychology and why you think this profession would be suitable for you, what your aim is with the psychology degree, how you would imagine your career, which area you are interested in, what further studies you are planning.
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid).
  • Copy of application fee transfer.
  • Entrance exam fee.
  • An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English.

Further comments (if needed)

The university only accepts certificates, which are equivalent to the Hungarian certificate of matriculation, thus appropriate for continuing one’s studies in university education. If the certificate is not in English, the university needs an official translation, which could be a translation by the secondary school as well.

If the applicant completes their secondary education during the current term and their certificate is not issued before the application deadline, a proof of student status / a certification which verifies that the applicant will receive matriculation is required instead. In case of being accepted as a student, however, the applicant must present their certificate of matriculation upon enrolment at the latest.

Application procedure

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Last updated Mar 2020

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