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 internationalization component that is indispensable. It is aimed at students with a Bachelor (or similar) degree in psychology. This ensures that the program complies with international legal requirements regarding the registration and use of the title ´psychologist´, therefore, significantly improving the employability of psychology graduates.
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 culture and organisations. Students also consolidate and apply this knowledge by gaining first-hand intercultural experience by attending at least two Partner Universities, through the required structured student mobility, a structured 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. During the last semester, again, the student can choose their location, but they must be available to meet with their chosen thesis supervisor regularly face-to-face during this time.
Students will 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. They will also be trained to better understand the role of intergroup relations and culture in society, developing competent and innovative interventions in order to address a wide range of complex social issues in contemporary societies. Students will be engaged 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; 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.