Master's Degree in Psychology
The Psychology Master's Degree is a foundation for professional Psychologists and also teacher-researchers in Psychology.
The title of Psychologist is earned after a five year course and validation of a Professional Master's Degree in Psychology. The profession of researcher or lecturer-researcher is open to students with a Master's Degree plus a Doctorate in Psychology.
The first two years of the course cover the main concepts and methodologies in the various fields of psychology. At Nîmes, students can choose from two specialisations in their third year: one in clinical psychology and psychopathology and the other in social psychology and ergonomics in the workplace.
Upon graduation from the 3-year University degree, a wide range of options are open:
- Leave the Psychology course for competitive entry examinations into the medical-social or education sectors (Primary school teacher, school psychologist, etc.);
- Orientation towards the profession of psychologist via a vocational Master's Degree
- Orientation towards university teaching and/or research via a research based Master’s Degree
At Nîmes, the professional Master’s degree (that of Montpellier III) is comprised of:
- M1 core curriculum for all psychology students but with 2 specialisations:
Clinical psychology, psychopathology and mental health
- M2 specialisation in environmental psychology
Opportunities and/or prospects
The work of a Psychologist goes well beyond the classic image of institutional work with the mentally ill, children with learning difficulties or in difficulty in their family environment. The scope is in fact much wider: skills evaluation, human relations (Human Resources Management), ergonomics (educational, working environments, etc.), learning, behavioural analysis, artificial intelligence, recruitment, training, etc. The possible career options are numerous. However, access to the related professions remains restricted. Psychology attracts a great number of candidates, however very few actually become professional Psychologists. On average only 1.5% of students registered on a first year course will actually practice as Psychologists after their five years of training.
Undergraduate Degree holders for 1st year of the Master's degree (M1), and for the 2nd year of Master's degree (M2), admission is based upon initial application.