BSc in Psychology
3 years full time, 180 ECTS
Language of instruction
The BSc in Psychology is a diverse and challenging three-year programme based on international criteria and specifically benchmarked to satisfy the highest international standards. The programme is organised according to BPS (British Psychological Society) accreditation standards for the structure of undergraduate studies in psychology.
The structure of the programme places emphasis on teaching all the basic fields of psychology, including biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, social psychology, and research methods in psychology. In addition students can take interdisciplinary electives, previous choices include the fields of health psychology, occupational psychology, and artificial intelligence.
The course incorporates diverse teaching and learning methods, including project work, laboratory-based activities, e-learning, problem-based learning, and peer-assisted learning, as well as service learning components and opportunities for civic engagement for course credit. Teaching is partly conducted in English. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the University's international exchange programme for a semester.
The aim of the programme is to give students the best possible foundation for graduate studies or a professional career. In addition to providing students with knowledge which is need for jobs where psychology is an essential background, the programme prepares students for graduate studies in psychology which are a prerequisite for practising as a psychologist. The usual minimum educational requirement to practice as is a relevant undergraduate degree plus at least a masters-level specialist qualification of no less than 2 years.
A matriculation examination or equivalent. Other degrees will be considered on an individual basis.
In order to apply for full-time programme, students need to speak and write Icelandic extensively. Exchange students from RU´s partner Universities can however take courses as part of exchange programmes
Psychologist is a legally protected job title and the minimum educational requirement to practice as a clinical, counselling, educational, or organisational psychologist is a relevant undergraduate degree (such as the BSc Psychology) plus at least a Masters-level specialist qualification of no less than 2 years.
If students choose not to pursue a specialist qualification, the BSc in Psychology is highly valued in various professional fields, including teaching, applied research, health promotion, prevention, journalism, marketing, business and industry, information technology, and civil service. The prospects for employment are very positive for students who graduate from the programme.