Course Details

Course Code:
MAPSGMTFAD
Available:
Full-Time
Award:
Postgraduate
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name: Anca Minescu
Email: Anca.Minescu@ul.ie

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Brief Description

Global-MINDS is a comprehensive 2- year study programme delivering high quality international training in social and cultural psychology. It is delivered jointly by the University of Limerick, ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, the University of Oslo, and SWPS University. Students gain first-hand intercultural experience by attending at least two Partner Universities, completing a 300-hour internship, and writing a research-based thesis to acquire in-depth knowledge on themes of utmost social relevance: diversity and inclusion, global mobility and acculturation, and migrant health. These characteristics render this master program unique world-wide.

Recent societal challenges such as the global migration 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. Global MINDS is a timely master programme that responds to these needs by providing a thorough training in psychology and intercultural skills – assets that are indispensable in today’s global knowledge economy and multicultural working environments.

In Year 1, the Global MINDS program consists of obligatory study periods in at least two universities, depending on the thematic path chosen by the student:

  • Path A. Culture & Diversity (ISCTE-IUL & the University of Limerick)
  • Path B. Mobility & Society (SWPS University & the University of Oslo)
  • Path C. Inclusion & Health (SWPS University & the University of Limerick)

In Year 2, students complete an obligatory internship in one of our partner organizations and deliver a Master’s Thesis in one of the Partner Universities.

Global MINDS students begin their studies either at ISCTE – IUL in Lisbon, Portugal (Path A) or at SWPS University in Warsaw, Poland (Paths B and C). After completing one semester, they move to the University of Limerick in Ireland (Paths A and C) or the University of Oslo in Norway (Path B). At the end of Year 1, all students attend a summer school in cross-cultural methods and interventions. In Year 2, students complete an obligatory internship in one of our partner organizations and deliver a Master’s Thesis in one of the Partner Universities.

Curriculum in Year 1

Path A: Culture and Diversity

Semester 1 (ISCTE – IUL, Portugal)

  • Cultural Psychology
  • Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination: Advanced Topics
  • Psychology of Intercultural Contact and Communication
  • General Elective (e.g. Diversity at Work, Diversity and Intercultural Relations in the School Context)
  • Methods Elective (e.g. Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis, Qualitative Data Analysis in Psychology)

Semester 2 (University of Limerick, Ireland)

  • Advanced Studies in Political Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • General Elective (e.g. Advanced Perspectives in Social Identity Research, Multiculturalism and Political Theory, Inequality and Social Exclusion)
  • Methods Elective (e.g. Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, Advanced Analysis in Psychology)

Summer School: Cross- Cultural Methods and Interventions

Path B: Mobility and Society

Semester 1 (SWPS University, Poland)

  • Dynamical Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Acculturation and Economic Migration
  • Cultural Determinants of Human Behavior
  • Statistics and Methodology in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Intercultural Competence Training
  • General Elective (e.g. E-mental health: Combining Psychology and Technology, The Science and Psychotherapy for Working with Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity)

Semester 2 (University of Oslo, Norway)

  • Promoting Change through Social Psychology 
  • Human Rights, Democracy and Reconstruction after Conflict
  • General Elective (e.g. Current Topics in Social Psychology, Social Inequality in the 21st Century: Egalitarian Norway in Comparative Perspective, Judgment and Decision Making and Social Cognition)
  • Methods Elective (e.g. Applied Quantitative Methods, Applied Qualitative Methods)

Summer School: Cross- Cultural Methods and Interventions

Path C: Inclusion and Health

Semester 1 (SWPS University, Poland)

  • Dynamical Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Acculturation and Economic Migration
  • Cultural Determinants of Human Behavior
  • Statistics and Methodology in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Intercultural Competence Training
  • General Elective (e.g. E-mental health: Combining Psychology and Technology, The Science and Psychotherapy for Working with Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity)

        Semester 2 (University of Limerick, Ireland)

  • Advanced Health Psychology
  • Migration: Inclusion and Health
  • General Elective (e.g. Public Health Interventions, Public Health and Health Systems)
  • Methods Elective (e.g. Intro to Participatory Health Research, Public & Patient Involvement Training School)

Summer School: Cross- Cultural Methods and Interventions

A 2.2 honours degree (undergraduate degree, Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or the overseas equivalent as determined by the Course Board and the guidelines of UL Graduate School Admissions, with a minimum of 100 ECTS or equivalent experience in psychology and research methods. Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, certified demonstrable achievements in a standard English language competency test in line with UL requirements will be necessary. Where deemed necessary, candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process. 

WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR APPLICATION

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Supporting statement
  • CV 
  • 2 (two) written academic references

If the applicant has not completed the 1st cycle degree at the time of application, they must send proof of enrolment, available transcripts, and a declaration of the expected date of completion (original and certified English translation as necessary) from the university that will issue the diploma. In this case, if the applicant is accepted, this will be conditional on the submission of a 1st cycle degree diploma before enrolment.

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts

AND

• English language competency certificate

For information on fees click here

  • 4350 EUR per year – EU
  • 8700 EUR per year – Non- EU
Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

Global MINDS is designed to match the growing social need for initial and advanced training of professionals in all areas of society where specific knowledge regarding the complexity of interactions among people of different cultures, ethnicities and social groups is necessary. Global MINDS graduates find employment opportunities in:

  • Business (e.g. in Human Resources, Diversity&Inclusion, Learning&Development, International Marketing)
  • The Health Sector
  • NGOs
  • Development and International Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Intergovernmental Organizations
  • Research
  • Counselling, Cultural Training, and Cultural Mediation
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Deepti Dabee - I am currently working as Assistant Permanent Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Social Integration in Mauritius.
I chose this masters because I knew it would equip me to understand multicultural harmonious coexistence much better through theory & practice. But this program proved to be more than just that. It challenged my perspective and I learned so much from all the amazing people I met from various countries- I now have a global family in all corners of the world. 
Global MINDS made me stronger as I learnt how to travel across borders during a pandemic and adapt to changing environments every semester. Today I am a more capable global citizen who can contribute in many ways to promote tolerance of differences, appreciation of diversity, and facilitate social inclusion, especially in my multicultural and multilingual island, where I am currently working on policy formulation, government measures and outreach programmes for the most vulnerable groups in my country.

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Rob Brennan - After completing the B.Sc. in Psychology at UL, I knew that my passions in the field lay in the sub-disciplines of social, cultural and political psychology. Applying for Global MINDS seemed like the ideal next step in pursuing these interests. As expected, the course proved to have an in-depth theoretical focus on identity, intergroup processes and attitudes. I also gained valuable practical experience. In addition to improving my skills in research methods, I also learned how to design real-world interventions based in theory. However, I think the most rewarding aspect of Global MINDS was the opportunity to share ideas and diverse viewpoints with inspiring people across many international contexts. What I learned from my peers and instructors during my Global MINDS experience has been invaluable, both professionally and personally. Since graduating in 2020, this unique Masters degree has helped me gain acceptance into a PhD programme that challenges existing social-psychological theories on the fickle construct of dehumanisation. I would recommend Global MINDS to anyone who wishes to pursue their passions for diversity, culture and politics while developing their professional skills in psychological science.