Clinical Psychology

"The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it." W. James

General information

The doctoral degree study programme in clinical psychology is primarily open to applicants who have a Master’s degree in psychology, or, in exceptional cases, applicants with a Master’s degree in other related fields concerned with human behaviour and experience (e.g. medicine).

In order to pass the entrance examination, applicants have to demonstrate the high level of scientific thinking and research skills needed for independent scientific work, a profound and systematic knowledge of theories and approaches in the field, and appropriate language skills. The committee can also take into consideration applicants’ previous work experience and publications.

The doctoral degree study programme allows future researchers to obtain the necessary qualifications for a scientific career in a given field. It involves passing a set of compulsory courses specified by the course catalogue while independently conducting research under the supervision of a supervisor, resulting in the publication of scientific papers and a doctoral dissertation. The general aim of the doctoral degree study programme is to ensure that the students acquire theoretical knowledge and skills in a specific research area in psychology, which they will be able to demonstrate in their dissertations. Most importantly, students are expected to develop a substantial capacity for integrating different sources of information and approaches in the chosen field and related fields, as well as critical psychological thinking, psychological sensitivity, and psychological and social skills.

In addition to contributing to the knowledge base of the field, the doctoral degree study programme in clinical psychology promotes a balance between students’ developing academic and professional clinician skills, which are subsequently applied in designing and completing the research project and other academic activities.

After completing the doctoral degree study programme, students will be able to provide a state-of-the-art overview of research in the field while considering its temporal context, and think broadly about the key topics including all interdisciplinary considerations relevant for clinical psychology, psychology of health and illness, psychosomatic medicine and other related medical and non-medical fields (ethics, neurology, etc.). They will also be able to bring together and critically evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches in designing basic and/or applied research studies. It is especially important that students understand all specific considerations of clinical research and employment of clinical methods in data collection. By the end of the studies, students will be able to discuss general issues of health, illness, and the psychology of health at an advanced level, show knowledge of international classification/diagnostic systems, including important differences, limitations, and controversies, and consider the international, European, and local contexts of clinical epidemiology and social and health policies when addressing clinical psychological issues.

A successful graduate is able to

  • demonstrate profound and systematic knowledge and understanding of the state of the art in the field, including the theories and issues that are leading subjects of current international debates
  • expand scientific knowledge through original research
  • provide an appropriate theoretical background for the object of research and develop a well-founded research design
  • employ various methodological approaches in the field and process and analyse quantitative and/or qualitative data at an advanced level
  • write scientific research proposals and design and conduct scientific projects
  • coordinate scientific collaborations
  • communicate original research findings to the domestic and international scientific community as well as to the general public clearly and comprehensibly
  • continue enhancing their knowledge and skills and engage in educational activities for others
  • demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired through philosophical and methodological courses and examinations (especially with regard to issues relevant for the doctoral dissertation project)
  • demonstrate proficiency in at least one scientific lingua franca at the C1 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), not only by passing a language exam, but mainly through communicating their ideas

Graduate employment

Graduates can work as professional scientific researchers in research institutions, as consultants at institutions providing medical and social care, and as lecturers at universities and other institutions that focus on research, education, and conceptualization of new developments in health and social care.

Graduates of the doctoral degree study programme in psychology have been trained to be independent researchers and educators in the fields of basic and/or applied research. In the most general sense, they are considered qualified for any kind of scientific work, including developing conceptual frameworks, participating in and managing scientific research teams, projects, and boards, and teaching.

Graduates from the doctoral degree study programme in psychology who do not hold a Master’s degree in Psychology are qualified for scientific and academic professions only – they are NOT qualified to work as practising psychologists.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study doctoral
Mode full-time, combined
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction czech

Admission Requirements

Unfortunately no information about admission requirements is available.

Additional information

www.psych.phil.muni.cz

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