Psychology taught at UI since 1911
The Faculty of Psychology is the largest faculty within the School of Health Sciences, with more than 600 students. The faculty offers a three year programme in Psychology towards a BS degree, and, upon completion of a BS degree, a two year programme towards a candidatus degree; the candidatus degree entitles the holder to professional certification as a Psychologist according to Icelandic legislation.
Psychology deals with minds and behaviours, particularly of humans, but sometimes also of animals. Research methods are varied, but trials are an important component. The Faculty of Psychology at the University of Iceland places a heavy emphasis on quantitative methodology; students become experienced in handling and analysing numerical data, this experience is a benefit in a variety of careers.
The professional venue for psychologists is extremely diverse and spans health services, schools and the educational system and the professional sector. Furthermore a growing number of psychologists embark on careers in research.
Psychology has been offered as a subject at the University of Iceland from its founding in 1911. Initially, psychology was taught as a part of the so-called Foundation Course in Philosophy, but from 1918 to 1924 a professor in applied psychology was engaged at the university. Teaching in a Bachelor programme in psychology commenced 1971, and a candidatus programme was launched in 1999. At this time it finally became possible to complete professional qualifications as a Psychologist at an Icelandic university.
The fields of interest and research for tenured lecturers at the faculty cover most aspects of psychology, such as: methodology and statistics; behaviour analysis and shaping; social psychology; cognitive psychology; clinical psychology (focusing on both children and adults); personality psychology; psychometrics; sensation and perception psychology; industrial and organisational psychology; developmental psychology; in addition to the history of psychology.
Finally some good advice for prospective and current students: Recent research by psychologists has shown that many factors come to play when learning the syllabus. Naturally, the student must read the material, reflect on it and thereby endeavour to entwine it with the knowledge he or she already possesses. But one factor is often underestimated: the importance of review and recovery. The more testing a student is subjected to, the more his or her memory will improve. This is called the "testing effect". Karpicke and Roediger (Science, 2008) demonstrated that university students generally do not realise its importance. Check your knowledge of the curriculum continually; test yourselves or arrange to test each other. It will be worthwhile.
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