About Global-MINDS

Global-MINDS is an English-language master degree program for students with a Psychology Bachelor degree or equivalent. It is a unique study program with an internationalisation component that is indispensable. It is aimed at students with a Bachelor (or similar) degree in psychology.

The program is designed to deliver high quality international training in scientific knowledge and practical skills in social and cultural psychology. The Master courses provide students the opportunity to acquire in-depth theoretical knowledge on themes of extreme social relevance, including diversity and inclusion, global mobility and acculturation, and migrant health. Students consolidate and apply this knowledge while gaining first-hand intercultural experience by attending at least two Partner Universities, following their assigned mobility path through the programme, completing a 300-hour internship, and writing a research-based thesis. These characteristics render this master program in Social and Cultural Psychology unique world-wide.

The 2-year program consists of two semesters of full time course work in the first year, at two different universities. This is followed, in the second year, by a semester internship with an organisation or company organised in association with the partner university of the student’s choice, and a final semester for completing and defending the thesis.

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Program Objectives

Students receive a thorough training in subject skills as well as intercultural skills – assets that are indispensable in today’s global knowledge economy and multicultural working environments. This training also provides a better understanding of the role of intergroup relations, helping students learn how to develop innovative interventions that address a wide range of complex social issues in contemporary societies. Students engage in experiential intercultural learning in the classroom as well as during a required internship. This type of knowledge is indispensable, as it simply cannot be taught in a traditional class; and when integrated into a formal degree program, becomes even more valuable because of the opportunity to discuss and reflect on experiences in a safe environment.

Recent societal challenges such as Europe’s refugee crisis or the rise of political extremism call for experts to tackle pressing issues of mobility, inclusion and diversity. In Europe and across the globe, well-trained specialists in intergroup relations and cultural diversity are needed to prevent marginalisation, conflict and violence and to promote inclusion, social equality and collaboration. Our goal is to offer a timely master programme that responds to these needs.

Students must take part in a 3 month structured internship in an organisation involved in topics highly relevant to Global-MINDS’ aims and goals. These internships increase the relevance of the master for the labour market. In addition, associate partners from various areas will be involved in the delivery of course content in order to bridge theory and practice and apply scientific content to contemporary social and societal challenges. By developing intercultural competence in a systematic way, we believe that Global-MINDS graduates will have an employment advantage in the job market.

Watch our second webinar, a discussion about the programme between faculty, staff, alumni and students