Objectives and competences

General objectives

The main objective of this degree is to provide students with comprehensive, high quality, and up-to-date psychology training, knowledge on research methodology and assessment techniques in different specializations.

The curriculum of the degree has been designed to provide students with skills to understand, interpret, analyse, and explain human behaviour, and to operate in both social and individual contexts according to professional ethics.

The Degree in Psychology qualifies students to become professionals with broad knowledge on human health in order to improve people’s quality of life, promote wellbeing and inclusion, and develop knowledge management functions within a company. The training approach is based on positive psychology and diversity, placing emphasis on the study of people as beings with rights and abilities.

Our graduates in Psychology will develop sound knowledge of the basic principles of psychological processes and human development as an integrated and multidimensional process affected by numerous biological factors (emotional and social) within the overall psychological development throughout the life cycle.

Another objective of the degree is the promotion of research, so students acquire knowledge on current research literature and statistical methods in the field, skills to develop rigorous research projects, and creative skills to apply scientific findings in areas related to health, services, companies, and.

In addition to field-related skills, the degree provides knowledge and analytical skills required in the use of ICTs. Students will be able to manage tools and resources naturally, being up to date and in line with training needs for professionals in the 21st century. Our graduates will also develop communication skills (speaking and writing) required to deal with information and disseminate scientific knowledge professionally.

Graduates in Psychology will be able to apply the principles of Psychology in individual, group, and corporate environments. The acquisition of the general objectives involves the development of a series of specific competences (Bartaram & Roe, 2004) included in the Psychology White Paper:

  • To be able to meet the patient’s needs in different contexts.
  • To be able set targets for psychological treatment in different contexts and in agreement with the person involved.
  • To be able to plan and develop an interview.
  • To be able to describe and measure variables (personality, intelligence, attitudes, aptitudes, etc.) and cognitive, emotional, psychobiological and behavioural processes.
  • To be able to identify differences, needs, and problems.
  • To be able to make diagnosis according to the profession’s criteria.
  • To describe and measure interaction processes, group dynamics, and group and intergroup structures.
  • To be able to identify group and intergroup problems and needs.
  • To describe and measure interaction processes, organizational and inter-organizational dynamics and structure.
  • To identify organizational and inter-organizational needs and problems.
  • To analyse the context where individual behaviour and group and intergroup processes are developed.
  • Ability to select and manage tools, products and services, and identify stakeholders.
  • To design and adapt tools, products, and services according to requirements and restrictions.
  • To compare and validate tools, products, and services (prototypes and pilot tests).
  • To be able to establish goals of a psychological intervention and develop a work plan to achieve them (prevention, therapy, rehabilitation, insertion, guidance, etc.).
  • To know how to choose the appropriate psychological techniques to achieve the set objectives.
  • To master strategies and techniques to involve patients in the intervention.
  • To apply to apply direct intervention methods and strategies: psychological counselling, therapy, negotiation, mediation, etc.
  • To apply direct methods and strategies in context: building healthy environments, etc.
  • To apply intervention methods and strategies through other people: counselling, training of trainers, etc.
  • To plan and assess programmes and interventions.
  • To be able to select and establish markers and measurement techniques to assess programmes and interventions.
  • To be able to measure and gather relevant data for work assessment.
  • To provide appropriate feedback to patients.
  • To be able to make written and oral reports.
  • To analyse and interpret the assessment results.
  • To comply with professional ethics of Psychology.


Check the competences developed in the Degree in Psychology. Click on each category to browse the list:

  • Basic and general competences
  • Specific competences
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