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University of Helsinki Launches Pioneering Psychology Degree Programs for Organizational Specialists

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In a significant advancement for psychological education in Finland, the University of Helsinki is set to introduce a new Bachelor's Programme in Applied Psychology, followed by a Master's Programme in Organisational Psychology. This initiative marks the first of its kind in Finland, designed to train specialists in organizational psychology, responding to the growing societal and professional demand for psychological expertise.


The Bachelor's Programme in Applied Psychology will commence in the autumn following the second joint application procedure of spring 2024. This three-year program, comprising 180 credits, will be conducted in Finnish and is a collaborative effort with the Faculty of Social Sciences. Students graduating from this program will automatically qualify for the Master's Programme in Organisational Psychology, launching in autumn 2026.


These innovative programs aim to produce specialists in psychology, preparing graduates for a variety of specialist and development roles within businesses and organizations. However, it's important to note that these programs do not qualify graduates as healthcare professionals in psychology.


Dean Johanna Arola of the Faculty of Medicine emphasizes the importance of these programs in training psychology specialists for public service, contributing significantly to organizational problem-solving and support.


Program Highlights:

  1. Foundation in Psychology and Social Psychology: The curriculum rests on solid psychological and social psychological foundations, addressing human information processing and methodological skills, including artificial intelligence and database proficiency.
  2. Focus on Interaction Skills and Knowledge-Based Management: These programs prioritize interaction skills and knowledge-based management, essential in the modern professional landscape.
  3. Practical Application in Business Collaboration: Students will have opportunities to apply their knowledge to real-world challenges and scenarios through business collaboration modules.
  4. Career Prospects in HR, Development, and Consultation: Graduates will be well-equipped for roles in HR, development, or consultation, contributing to occupational wellbeing, organizational process development, and informed decision-making.


Dean Arola underscores the necessity of organizational psychology experts in ensuring socially and humanely sustainable operations within organizations and communities.


Final Insight:

The University of Helsinki's launch of these psychology degree programs signifies a major step forward in education and professional development. By addressing the increasing need for psychological expertise in the workforce, these programs not only enhance individual career prospects but also promise to contribute substantially to the effectiveness and wellbeing of organizations and societies at large.

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