The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Arts and Sciences has brought a new postgraduate program to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). The postgraduate program “General Psychology” has been approved by the Higher Education Planning, Accreditation and Coordination Council as well as the Republic of Turkey Council of Higher Education. Applications for 2018-2019 Academic Year, Fall Semester have commenced. EMU Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Özarslan stated that, the postgraduate program will be thought in English and it aims to train modern, ethical and highly qualified psychologists with their laboratory facilities, international teaching staff and research opportunities.
A statement from EMU Department of Psychology Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şenel Hüsnü Raman reads as follows:
“Psychology is a science that observes mental process and behavior. The aim of psychologists is to understand the basis of human behavior in many levels such as biological, cognitive, intergroup and interpersonal. In order to achieve this, the psychologists conduct research on a number of areas from human development to interpersonal relations and from behavioral disorders to socializing process in intergroup. EMU Department of Psychology aims to provide education in accordance with the international standards in which the students will be able to get education on sub-branches of psychology, practice their psychology knowledge and conduct high quality research.
EMU Department of Psychology begun providing education to the students in 2005 with Psychology Undergraduate Program in English and then Psychology Undergraduate Program in Turkish in 2014. The department gave approximately 50 graduates from the Developmental Psychology Master’s Program between the years of 2011 and 2017.
The Psychology Department also has a Psycho-Biology laboratory, which was the first of its kind in North Cyprus. This laboratory is equipped with a one-way mirror for behavioral observations, BIOPAC high technology for measuring physiological responses, and software from NOLDUS Information Technologies in the control room for behavioral coding and analysis. A second laboratory, the Cognitive Behavioral Laboratory, with software including SPSS, MATLAB, and QSR NVivo10.”
First and Only Program with TPD Accreditation
Including the universities in Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), the total number of Psychology Departments raised to 80. In order to secure the education quality of psychology graduates, a Psychology Accreditation Unit is formed by Turkish Psychologists Association (TPD). Thus, TPD secures education-teaching quality to be accordingly on certain standards. The English program of EMU Department of Psychology remains to be the one of 12 programs that had been accredited by TPD in 2015. It is proud to be the only program that owns the TPD Accreditation in TRNC.
EMU Psychology Department offers a 4-year psychology education with a curriculum in line with standards of EuroPsy Diploma (The European Diploma in Psychology). After providing a foundation in psychology education, at least 1 year of post-graduate education and supervision is required in order to be eligible to obtain a professional 'psychologist' title.
EMU Department of Psychology had formed the General Psychology Master’s Program to provide its students with a diploma in European standards. Students may focus on three professions being cognitive, social and developmental psychology accordingly to their thesis topic.
The General Psychology postgraduate program will allow students to specialize by providing current theoretical, empirical and administrative information in social, developmental and cognitive psychology. Graduates of the General Psychology postgraduate program will be able to work as expert psychologists at pre-school education institutions, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, research centres, universities etc…”