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Department of Psychology

Programs

The aim of the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Psychology Undergraduate Program is to introduce students to a wide variety of topics, perspectives and areas of inquiry; and to prepare them for postgraduate research in subfields such as social, developmental, industrial, traffic, health and clinical psychology. Basic courses in English and Turkish Psychology undergraduate programs are offered to students exclusively by the Psychology Department. The department also offers elective courses to students from other departments such as ‘General Psychology’, ‘Introduction to Psychological Science’, ‘Understanding Social Behavior’, which contain basic introductory information about the science of psychology.
The department’s General Psychology Master's Program, which has been enrolling students since 2018, aims to develop students' ability to conduct research under supervision and help them acquire necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in contexts where they can work as specialist psychologists. The General Psychology Doctorate Program, on the other hand, started accepting applications in the Fall of the 2022-2023 Academic Year, after receiving approvals by YÖDAK and YÖK.

ProgramDegreeYearsDepartment
PsychologyBachelor / B.S.4 Psychology
Psychology (Turkish)Bachelor / B.S.4 Psychology
General Psychology (with Thesis)Master / M.S.1 - 2 Psychology
General PsychologyPhD / Ph.D.3,5 - 5 Psychology

Department's Mission

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. The aim of psychology is to understand the basis of behavior by examining biological, cognitive, intergroup and interpersonal dynamics. To achieve this, psychologists conduct research on many topics ranging from human development to interpersonal relationships from behavior patterns to the process of socialization within groups. The EMU Department of Psychology makes it its mission to contribute to the development of psychology as a esteemed field of science. With this aim, the department engages students in psychological research and knowledge of the highest quality within the subfields of psychology. We strive to encourage our students to apply their scientific knowledge and conduct top quality research in accordance with ethical and international standards.

Administration

Chair:
Prof. Dr. FATİH BAYRAKTAR

Vice Chair(s):
Assist. Prof. Dr. BURCU KAYA KIZILÖZ
Assist. Prof. Dr. DİLEK ÇELİK

Departmental Facilities

EMU Department of Psychology has a strong team of academic staff with 4 Professors, 9 Assistant Professors, 13 full-time faculty members, 6 part-time lecturers and 5 research assistants who have been educated at internationally renowned universities. The research interests of the academic staff include topics from various subfields of psychology such as intergroup contact and intergroup relations, bullying, the effects of new media on development, sleep and attachment in children, behavior of individuals in traffic; environmental psychology, gender relations and sexism, social identity and well-being, LGBTI+ psychology, memory studies and neuropsychology. The department also carries out interdisciplinary research projects with its teaching staff who specialize in Philosophy and Sociology. In addition to the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory, which is the first psychology laboratory among all universities in TRNC, EMU Department of Psychology also offers the opportunity to do research in the Forensic, Clinical and Lifelong Development Laboratory, the Memory and Action Research Laboratory with its EEG system and the Social and Traffic Psychology Laboratory. The department also provides students with two computer laboratories.

Distinguishing Attributes

EMU Psychology Undergraduate Program curriculum is specifically designed to meet the standards of the European Diploma in Psychology (EuroPsy) and YÖK, to ensure that our students receive internationally recognized diplomas which will enable them to practice psychology anywhere they choose. The EMU English Psychology Program has been accredited by the Turkish Psychologists Association Accreditation Supreme Board until 2024. This program is one of the 12 programs accredited by the Turkish Psychological Association (among all psychology programs in Turkey and in TRNC) and is the only accredited psychology program in the TRNC.

Major Accomplishments

Both the Turkish and English programs of the EMU Department of Psychology has graduated over 1000 students who obtained employment both on the island and abroad. Our graduates have obtained master’s degrees and Ph.D. degrees at universities in the UK, USA and Europe. In this context, the department puts extra emphasis on the importance of ethics in research and application of psychology and carries out studies in these areas with committees affiliated to the department.

Quality of Graduates

The department aims to provide an education in accordance with international standards, introducing students to various subfields of psychology and to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. Students who successfully complete the four-year undergraduate program will become psychology graduates; students who complete their graduate training and a one-year supervision will acquire the title of "professional psychologist". Over fifty percent of our graduates are now enrolled in postgraduate programs throughout Europe, UK and the USA.

Career Opportunities

Students who receive a bachelor's degree in the Department of Psychology can work in educational institutions, in the industry, in human resources departments, counseling centers and private or public institutions that provide psychological services.

Graduates can specialize in many subfields of psychology. Specialist psychologists who have completed a master's degree or an equivalent level of education can be eligible to work in specialist subfields such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology, traffic psychology, clinical psychology, and industrial psychology depending on their educational background and achievements.

Accreditations

TPD: Türk Psikologlar Derneği
EMU Psychology English Undergraduate Program possesses TPD accreditation.
http://www.psikolog.org.tr

Contact

Address:
Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Aristóteles Street
Eastern Mediterranean University
Famagusta, North Cyprus
Mersin 10 Turkey

Tel: +90 392 630 1389
Fax: +90 392 630 2475
E-mail: psychology@emu.edu.tr
Web: https://fas.emu.edu.tr/en/departments/psychology