Master's Degree in General Health Psychology
- New student profile and admission criteria
- Academic and professional goals
- Access to other study programmes and career opportunities
- Structure of the study programme
- Final Exam
- Evaluation criteria and exams
- Study programme leadership
Admission requirements for this Master's programme are defined in section C) of Order ECD/1070/2013 of 12 June, published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of 14 June 2013.
Admission conditions for this Master's programme: (Section 4.2 of Annex I of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October)
A necessary requirement for admission into General Health Psychology Master's programmes is the possession of a bachelor's or licentiate degree in psychology along with a complementary education that ensures that the interested party has obtained at least 90 ECTS credits in subjects specifically related to healthcare.
For the case of licentiate degrees in psychology from the UIB, all of those who took and completed the specialization in clinical and health psychology (Psicología Clínica y de la Salud), taught since the 2007/2008 academic year, and who, in addition to the core and mandatory courses in the programme, have passed at least 42.5 credits' worth of elective credits (from the 63 offered through 13 subjects) meet all eligibility requirements. For more information, see: http://fpsicologia.uib.cat/itinerari.
For UIB graduates with bachelor's degrees in psychology, the requirement to have 90 healthcare-related credits is more than satisfied in the following way:
- All basic education credits included in the study programme are accepted, as the bachelor's degree programme in psychology pertains to the health sciences (60 credits).
- Credits from mandatory subjects are accepted (from areas of personality, assessment, and psychological treatment): psychological intervention techniques, psychological assessment and diagnoses I and II, psychology of the personality, personality and adaptation, psychopathology, psychological intervention in psychopathological disorders in adults, and educational intervention. In total, they add up to 36 credits.
- Credits are accepted from the following mandatory subjects (from the area of psychobiology): biological psychology, and neuropsychology. In total, they add up to 12 credits.
- Credits from external internships and bachelor's theses are accepted as long as it is clear that they were completed in a field directly related to general psychology or clinical and health psychology. They represent 12 and 6 credits, respectively.
- Credits from other subjects that do not specifically fall into the previously mentioned areas will be accepted as long as they address issues from the field, e.g., psycho-social intervention, epidemiology, psychological measurement, etc.
Holders of licentiate degrees from other universities will be considered to meet eligibility requirements if they can demonstrate that they completed a specialization similar to that offered by the UIB. Holders of bachelor's degrees from other universities will be considered to meet the eligibility requirement if they have studied psychology in a health sciences department and can demonstrate that their education met the 90-ECTS-credit requirement in a similar way to that which was described for bachelor's degree holders from the UIB.
Additionally, those students with degrees from any member state in the European Higher Education Area that are equivalent to licentiate or bachelor's degrees in psychology and who are able to accredit that they have completed at least 90 ECTS credits related specifically to healthcare will be eligible for this programme. Finally, those with degrees issued by an institution outside of the European Higher Education Area that are validated as Spanish licentiate or bachelor's degrees in psychology and who are able to demonstrate that their education included at least 90 ECTS credits specifically related to healthcare will be eligible for this programme. In any case, foreign students, as indicated in the Admission section of the Support Guide for preparing Degree Proposals with a view to applying for the accreditation ex ante of official degrees (Bachelor's and Master's) from the ANECA (Spain's National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation), must accredit at least a B2 level of knowledge (or equivalent) in one of the official languages of the Balearic Islands (Spanish or Catalan).
For students who wish to participate in the Master's programme without having obtained the 90 ECTS credits in healthcare-related education during their licentiate or bachelor's degree studies, the university will consider taking elective healthcare-related subjects from the current bachelor's programme in psychology at the UIB, prior to admission into the Master's programme, as supplementary education for reaching the required number of credits. The Academic Committee of the Master's programme will define the number of credits needed to be taken in order to reach the 90-credit requirement based on the student's transcript. Section 4.6 of this proposal expands on how this procedure is to be carried out.
Given that it is impossible to offer an adequate practical education to large groups of students, a numerus clausus policy has been established, and students will be considered for admission as follows:
- If the number of applications that meet the admission requirements is equal to or less than the numerus clausus, all applicants will be admitted.
- If the number of applications that meet the admission requirements exceeds the numerus clausus, the following admission criteria will be applied along with their respective stated weights:
- Academic transcript: 50%;
- Other merits (work experience, a B2 level of English, scientific publications, scholarships, attending scientific meetings/congresses, etc.): 30%; and
- A personal interview: 20%; the contents of this interview will focus on exploring applicants' personal abilities (e.g., social skills, etc.), previous knowledge in matters related to health and clinical psychology, and applicants' levels of motivation. Applicants' academic transcripts and other merits undoubtedly contribute to their training later on in a general sense, i.e., in any area of psychology. In our case, the goal of the interview is to ensure that we choose the students who really have principles, abilities, and knowledge that will allow them, in as much as is possible, to be successful in their clinical and health-related training, as this degree programme will enable them to practice a regulated profession and there are a limited number of seats in the programme. The objective is to minimize instances of dropout and failure because in addition to the negativity inherent to these occurrences, many other students will not have been admitted into the programme.
The Academic Committee of the Master's programme will be in charge of the admission process (see section a) in point 5.1. Descripción del Plan de Estudios [Description of the curriculum]).
If a student disagrees with any of the decisions that are made, he/she may make an appeal to the director of the programme who will issue a report after gathering relevant findings and proof. The student may then appeal the decision of the report to the UIB itself, via Student Services.
The objective of the Master's degree in general health psychology is to qualify General Health Psychologists, a profession defined by Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport Order ECD/1070/2013 of 12 June (Official State Gazette [BOE] of 14 June).
Students holding Master's degrees in General Health Psychology are able to practice the profession of General Health Psychologist, regulated by Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport Order ECD/1070/2013 of 12 June (Official State Gazette [BOE] of 14 June).
The study programme follows the guidelines established in Official State Gazette 142, resolution 6412 (BOE Núm. 142 de 14 de junio de 2013 - resolución 6412). In the first year that it was offered (2014-2015), the teaching of the Master's degree programme in general health psychology was organized into four modules (basic, specific 1, specific 2, and specific 3) and two 11-week blocks that began on 2 February 2015 and finished on 17 July 2015.
The structure and subjects in the programme can be found in the subjects section of this web page.
Credit transfer and recognition system
The credit recognition system has been designed in accordance with that which is stipulated in Royal Decree 1393/2007 (and the modifications made by Royal Decree 861/2010) and the UIB's own regulations (Regulatory Agreement 9093 of 5 June 2009 and later modifications). As a general rule, Master's theses cannot be the subject of credit recognition. The Academic Committee of the Master's programme will have the power to make all corresponding credit recognitions in accordance with the following basic criteria:
- Credit recognition for official university coursework. Courses and subjects taken in officially recognized postgraduate university study programmes with contents and competences in line with the contents and competences of the subjects and modules of the Master's degree programme in general health psychology may be considered for credit recognition, this excludes Master's theses that may have been completed previously. Internships will only be considered for recognition if they were completed in healthcare centres that meet the conditions established in section D in the Annex of Order ECD/1070/2013 of 12 June and last for a time longer than or equal to that which would provide 30 ECTS credits, as indicated in the same Order.
In accordance with Order EDC/1070/2013, students enrolled in the Master's degree programme who have completed the first year of training that is accessed by passing a selective exam for Specialized Healthcare Training (Formación Sanitaria Especializada; PIR) will have recognized credits corresponding to external internships pending completion.
- Credit recognition for work experience and unofficial university programmes (university specific degrees). Credits recognized for students' merits cannot exceed 15% of the total number of credits offered in the Master's programme. That is, no more than 13.5 credits will be recognized to this end. Given that this Master's programme is not related to any former UIB-specific degree programme, there is no possibility to have more credits recognized. Additionally, experience and professional activity are only eligible for credit recognition in the Internships subject, in line with the following criteria:
To summarize, in this section possible credit recognition will be as follows:
Minimum Maximum Recognition for credits earned in official, non-university, higher level education programmes 0 0 Recognition of credits earned in university-specific degree programmes 0 0 Recognition of credits for accredited professional and work experience 0 13
- Professional experience and activity will only be eligible for recognition of credits if it involved performing the tasks of a healthcare psychologist, in line with the specific competences detailed in Order ECD/1070/2013, either in the public or private context, as long as the institution complied with that which is stipulated in the order. The activity must have been legal and demonstrable (licences, contracts, work life, etc.).
- If the professional activity was carried out in a public or private centre that meets the requirements established in Order ECD/1070/2013 for centres that can take on MPGS student interns, up to one credit may be recognized per month of full time work, up to a maximum of 13 credits.
- Credit transfer and recognition system.
According to the provisions in Royal Decree 1393/2007 (modified by Royal Decree 861/2010), we understand recognition to be the adaptation of credits that have been awarded in the same or another university for completing officially recognized coursework in other official degree programmes. Then, the transfer of credits implies that in documents officially accrediting students' studies, credits previously obtained in the same or other universities that did not lead to the awarding of an official university degree will be included. To this end, current general regulations will be followed.
Additionally, credits obtained from official university teaching programmes that accredit the attainment of competences and knowledge associated with matters related to this Master's programme may be eligible for credit recognition under the condition that the recognition will only apply to subjects or modules defined in the study programme but not a part of them.
Based on Article 39 of Regulatory Agreement 9386 of 16 March 2010 (FOU 328 of 23 April) and Article 13 of Provision 9740/2011 (FOU 346 of 18 March 2011) and in order to deal with the processes of recognizing and transferring credits, the Studies Council of the Master's programme will delegate the role of the Committee for Credit Recognition and Transfer to the Academic Committee of the Master's programme.
Public presentation and defence of the Master's thesis (TFM)
Assessment criteria and exam information can be found in the course syllabi in the subjects section.