Are you interested in studying Psychology?
The main purpose of Psychology is to understand and describe human behaviour trying to answer the question “Why do we behave as we do?” The basic aims of Psychology include to describe, to explain and to change human behaviour. Beyond describing, and to comply with scientific standards, psychology must unearth the reasons underlying human behaviour.
The ultimate goal of Psychology is to improve people’s quality of life. Therefore, psychology students should have the following features:
- Vocation for serving others and the community
- Critical thinking and creativity skills
- Interest in understanding human behaviour
- Emotional balance
- Sensitivity towards other people’s problems
- Empathy, kindness, compassion and cooperative skills. Interest in science
- To pursue self-improvement
- Independent thinking
Degree in Psychology at UI1
The Degree in Psychology qualifies professionals to work successfully in different areas within the field, such as education, health, labour, criminology, etc.
Our highly innovative methodology is based on quarterly subjects and case studies, which are included in all the course units. That is why up to 60% of the final grade is based on continuous assessment.
Furthermore, internships are key in our programmes. In the first and second years, as part of our in-house practice, students face different assignments such as to interview professional psychologists from various fields of expertise, or trying to solve real clinical cases from different specialisation areas. That builds students’ skills leading to 3rd-and-4th-year internships in hospitals, prisons, schools, psychology cabinets, juvenile centres, etc.
Our Degree in Psychology covers both traditional approaches (behavioural and cognitive theories) and the most innovative and up-to-date approaches in our discipline, the so-called third wave therapies (acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, etc.).
Welcome to Universidad Isabel I. My name is Albert Flexas, director of the Degree in Psychology. If you are interested in our degree, ask yourself the following question: Am I willing to devote my career to help people?
In psychology we study people, their minds, their behaviour. Our aim is to understand and solve problems that can seriously affect health although they are not caused by physical illnesses. For instance, eating disorders, depression, and stress can be approached from a clinical perspective. We also deal with developmental and learning disorders from an educational perspective, and with other issues such as social maladjustment and problems at the workplace from a social perspective.
Our hallmark at Universidad Isabel I is to qualify students to succeed professionally. Three features of our methodology stand out: First, personal service. Although this may seem counterintuitive as we are an online institution, our highly qualified teachers provide individual guidance and support. Second, our innovative methodology based on the case study in all courses, bringing a hands-on approach to our studies. Finally, our internship programmes. A unique feature of Universidad Isabel I is that students take an internship course every year of the Degree. In the case of Psychology, during the first two years these internships will have a strong theoretical component because psychology deals with people, and therefore our job must be taken very seriously. Students need to practise hard before they are ready for the external internships.
Once our students have acquired the basic techniques used in psychology practice and are familiar with the psychologist’s work, they do internships during the third and fourth years of the degree. These internships may be done in a psychologist’s practice, in a company, in an educational institution, etc. Students will work under the supervision of a tutor from the institution or company and a tutor from the university, who will make sure students acquire the competences and reach the objectives required.
If you are interested in the human mind and behaviour and you have made an honest commitment to helping people, this is the right degree for you. I hope to see you soon!
Dr. D. Albert Flexas Oliver
Director of the Degree in Psychology
He holds a degree in Psychology and a PhD in Cognition and Human Evolution by Universidad de las Islas Baleares. Albert Flexas is licensed as general health psychologist and has a long career in teaching and research.
He has worked in several public and private universities and institutions. His fields of expertise include cognitive processes, neuroimaging, communication, and marketing. His teaching career has developed both in Psychology and Marketing. He has designed several training pills for teachers within the framework of Mallorca Creativa, which he co-funded.
As a researcher, he has focused on the brain processes underlying two unique abilities of human psyche: moral judgement and aesthetic appreciation. His work has been published in renowned international academic journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS One, Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
His top priority as director of the Degree in Psychology is to ensure its quality and to take full advantage of ICTs great potential in teaching, which is Universidad Isabel I hallmark.