As one of the principal fields of behavioral sciences, psychology involves the study of human behavior from various perspectives. Personal development, socialisation, interpersonal relationships, human resources, principles of learning and behavioral disorders are some of the basics of psychology. Despite the fact that the Psychology Department is one of the youngest departments of the University, it is recognized as one of the top departments both in the TRNC and within Turkey in the area of psychology education, thanks to its elite academic staff and its quality in research and application.
With an elite group of teaching staff with PhD degrees obtained from distinguished universities of the world and the international student population, EMU Psychology Department boasts an international academic environment which enables an enriched scientific and social information exchange between students and faculty members. Attaching great importance to students' self-development both personally and socially, Department of Psychology supports Psychology students with projects and presentations prepared as course requirements, as well as forums and discussion groups prepared and presented by the students themselves and through the EMU Psychology Days organized every year. Psychology students can also participate in research projects of faculty members and gain knowledge in the application areas of Psychology.
The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Program aims to provide students with fundamental psychology training necessary for them to pursue their postgraduate studies in various sub-fields of Psychology such as Social, Cognitive, Industrial-Organization, Forensic, Education, Health, Clinical, Development, and Traffic. The objectives of the Undergraduate Program are as follows:
- Study the relationship between theoretical and applied fields.
- Examine the historical developments of psychological theories in terms of their philosophical and social expansions.
- Explore empirical research in different sub-fields to evaluate the effectiveness of psychological processes.
- Investigate the effects of different disciplines shaped by contemporary psychological approaches and research.
- Critically evaluate research published in the discipline of psychology.
The curriculum of the program is based on the well-established EuroPsy (the European Qualification Standard for Psychologists) and the Turkish Psychological Association criteria implemented in the department’s accreditation process. In this context, the decisions taken by the external stakeholders, namely the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA) and the Turkish Psychological Association (TPD), are taken into account in shaping the course curriculum.
The existing computer and audio-visual technological possibilities at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are at the Psychology students’ disposal. In addition, the University Library offers databases which enable students to follow the latest developments in the discipline of Psychology.
In addition to the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory, the first Psychology laboratory in TRNC universities, EMU Psychology Department also boasts Clinical and Lifelong Development Laboratory, Memory and Action Research Laboratory, and Social and Traffic Psychology Laboratory. The Department also provides a rich social environment for its students. Hence, the EMU Psychology Students Club regularly organises informative meetings, scientific trips, movie screenings, and reading-discussion groups as well as other activities with the Turkish Psychology Students Working Group and EMU Psychology Days.
Graduates of the program may continue their academic studies at Master’s or Doctoral Degree level at the Eastern Mediterranean University, or the leading universities in Turkey, Europe or North America. Graduates of the Psychology Department’s English or Turkish-medium programs have the opportunity to work in educational institutions, industry, human resources departments, counseling centers and other private or public sectors that provide psychology services.