Univerza v Ljubljani Filozofska fakulteta
Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Undegraduate programme in psychology at our department is a 3-year (1st phase) study programme offering basic theoretical knowledge in psychology and some basic skills for psychological work. To work as a psychologist, one has to continue psychological studies at the postgraduate level.
Slovenian National Awarding Committee for EuroPsy (European Certificate in Psychology) has recognized the undergraduate programme in psychology at University of Ljubljana as a programme conforming to the EuroPsy standards for the academic education in psychology.
Duration of the programme: 3 years
Number of ECTS credits: 180
The title: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Publication with the information listed below, including the curriculum and short descriptions of courses, can be found here.
The latest versions of the syllabi (with Slovenian and English version running in paralel) can be found here.
The goal of the undergraduate programme of psychology is that the student develops basic knowledge and skills in fundamental fields of psychology, combining psychological science and some other sciences connected with psychology. This knowledge forms the basis of later professional work, further education at the 2nd level studies of psychology) and continuing professional development and specific in-service training.
During the undergraduate level of the study of psychology, students orient themselves in various fields of psychology. They gain basic orientation in all psychological disciplines, learn about main theories and methods of psychology, acquire basic psychological skills, and learn about bases of psychological research. The acquired theoretical and methodological skills can be transferred to other fields of social sciences.
The undergraduate level of the study of psychology does not guarantee sufficient professional qualifications to work as a psychologist, because students do not develop competences to the level that would enable them to practice psychology independently. After finishing the undergraduate level of studies, the graduates are qualified for doing basic tasks in the field of professional work in social sciences. The gained knowledge allows them to think about human behaviour and interpersonal relations using the psychological perspective. They can work under the supervision of a certified psychologist (MA in Psychology) or cooperate with other social science professionals in social, economic and cultural fields where they try to solve basic psychological problems. Their professional work is based on psychological science, principles of psychological professional ethics, personal maturity, and is oriented towards progress and humanisation of an individual, groups or the society.
Graduates have competences in the field of organisation and general psychological counselling and in organisation of work, organisation and management of developmental projects, professional counselling, marketing (planning and performing market research, collecting and analysing data, interpreting data), conducting interviews, in public relations, publishing and media (e.g. as editors, counsellors on preparing media-shows – e.g. for children). They can perform motivational training, work in specific educational care activities, conduct workshops for youth, work on help-lines and with refugees.
Those that have passed the upper secondary-school leaving exam (matura), those that completed any four-year secondary school programme prior to 1 June 1995 or those with an equivalent education abroad may apply for the undergraduate programme.
The expected number of enrolled students is 80 (regular studies) and 40 (part-time studies; not available every year). If the number of application exceeds the number of places available, the university’s admissions office shall rank applicants according to the following criteria:
The Faculty of Arts may recognise the obtained knowledge, qualifications or capabilities which suit completely or partly the content and level of general or subject-specific competences which are defined within particular study programmes.
Knowledge, qualifications or capabilities gained with formal, informal or experiental learning are acknowledged. In the process of recognition, the following is considered:
The recognized knowledge, qualifications and abilities may be allocated credits according to ECTS criteria for credit allocation of study programmes and may be recognized as a finished study obligation (e.g., as a part of exams, midterm exams etc. – without participation in lectures, exercises or seminars).
With the usual procedure, the Faculty of Arts handles each application for the recognition of informally acquired knowledge individually. The application should be submitted to the Student Office. It is then forwarded to the Department of Psychology which proposes the allocation of ECTS credits. The basic criterion for the recognition is comparability of the knowledge and competenced acquired informally with the content and competences developed by the undergraduate study programme of psychology. The final decision on the student application is made by the Faculty Committee for Student Affairs.
To proceed to the second year of the undergraduate study programme, students must complete all the requirements given in the curriculum and individual syllabi for the first year, totalling 60 ECTS points.
To proceed to the third year of the undergraduate study programme, students must complete all the requirements given in the curriculum and individual syllabi for the second year, totalling 60 ECTS points.
Exceptionally, students are allowed to proceed to the next year with up to 6 ECTS points short of the total number of credits required. However, all of the academic requirements must be completed before the enrollment in the following academic year. The shortfall may be granted only on prior written request with well-founded reasons for it. The requests are handled by the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Arts; the Appellate Body is the Senate of the Faculty of Arts.
Students who have not completed all the academic requirements for enrollment in the next year which are defined by the study programme are given a possibility to repeat a year once during the time of their studies, provided that they satisfy the conditions for repeating a year as defined by the study programme. The conditions for repeating a year of the undergraduate study programme in psychology are completed academic requirements for the year the students want to repeat, amounting to 30 ECTS points (50 % of all credits for this year).
To complete the programme, students must fulfil all of the requirements defined by the study programme.
Transfer to the university-level undergraduate programme of psychology is possible:
1) From any university-level undergraduate programmes or programmes of professional higher education within the University of Ljubljana:
2) From other universities:
Students’ knowledge is examined and assessed within individual courses. The learning process in every course ends with the final examination of knowledge and skills acquired. Knowledge can be assessed by: oral and written examination, midterm examinations, essays or seminar papers and other written tasks, practical tasks or products, project works, and reports on completed practical training.
Students may choose from 14 specialist electives offered. In the fourth semester, they choose two and in the sixth semester one of the offered courses.
Students may complete 3 courses (9 ECTS points, i.e., 5 % of all the ECTS points in the programme) offered by another study programmes at the Faculty of Arts or at the other faculties of the University of Ljubljana.
In accordance with the Bologna Declaration, students are allowed to transfer 30 ECTS points of the programme (a semester of studies, regardless of obligatory courses or electives) from any kind of psychology programmes that are carried out at respected European universities.