Joint Study Programme with Double Diploma in Work and Organizational Psychology

The study process

Students are awarded a double diploma, delivered by the Home and the Host Universities they study at over the master programme. Double degree // joint curriculum means curricula similarity and applied system of equivalences and validation between courses and training activities taught in every partner institution. It is supposed reasonable exchange of students - one semester, and it means that students admitted to Home university (eg. MRU) one semester will study in Host university (TUT).  Accordinly, the admission to the Programme is organizaed by both Universities  independently,  but in coordination and according to the same admission requirements to the  Programme.

Tuition fee EU students - 2310 EUR/per year
Tuition fee Non-EU students - 2940 EUR/per year

In year 2015-2016 "Work and Organizational Psychology" programme has 8 state financed places (only for students having Lithuanian citizenship).

The study process

The duration of the Programme is two full-time years. An academic year is made up of two semesters with a workload of 60 ECTS per year and 5 study subjects per semester (exception - the first semester with 6 subjects, one of which served as introduction to WOP psychology). Semesters begin around September 1st and February 1st. 

During the first three semesters students are offered 15 subjects. The last semester is assigned to internship and Master's thesis. 

Master‘s thesis

The preparation of final Master‘s thesis is considered to be one of the most important tasks and challenges for the students of Work and Organizational Psychology study programme. Normally, Master‘s thesis is based on an empirical research in fields of work performance, personnel or organization. In principle, Master’s thesis is student‘s presentation of a research project conducted independently in the organizational settings under supervision of an advisor. It is assumed that research can be done either at home country or at partner’s country. It is suggested that every Master’s thesis of joint study programme would be advised by supervisor from Home university in collaboration with co-supervisor from Partner’s university. Research project should give the student the opportunity to answer a generic question in a scientifically valid way. This should help the student to develop research competences related to the formulating a research problem, retrieving and reviewing existing knowledge, making a research design, sampling, getting access to respondents, data collection, analysis, reporting and documentation. Research projects should be performed on the basis of a plan and concluded with a report. Projects can use a variety of methods, and include field experiments: field studies, case studies, surveys, laboratory studies, and so on. They can be performed in companies as well as in university settings. Typically research projects also include a study of the literature on a certain issue.

Preparation of the Master‘s thesis starts from the choice of topic and introduction course at the first semester (usually, till the end of October) and must be coherently developed during all the study process till the end of last (fourth) semester, and finalized through the procedure of open defence at Home university. The final assessment of Master‘s thesis is made by Qualification Commission of the university according to the appointed criteria for defence procedure and assessment criteria for the quality of Master‘s thesis. All useful for student‘s information highlighting the main steps towards the completion of thesis and determination of the assessment according to the quality factors is available on the websites of universities.

Internship

The Master‘s thesis is closely related with the internship during the last study semester as both units aims to develop students professional and research competences. During the internship students get the ability to cooperate with one of the social partners (i.e. enterprises) of MRU or TUT, or to fulfil internship requirements in the organization chosen individually.

Internship is evaluated by 15 ECTS credits and often can serve as a background for the applied part of final thesis. The main documents regulating practices and internships in MRU is Practical Training Regulations for Students of Mykolas Romeris University.

The general aim of the internship is to familiarize the student with the professional work settings and repertory of different activities of work and organizational psychologists, and to develop professional skills and basic professional competences. This is achieved by involving the student in a professional activity at the particular organization that brings him into encounter with typical problems that emergent in the specific contexts of the organization. Typically during the internship the student learns to work independently while being supervised by an expert - practitioner (experienced psychologist of the organization) and academician (mentor from the university). As a rule, during the internship student gets possibility to verify and to expand his theoretical  knowledge, to apply psychological principles and theories to overcome problems in real life situations, to improve communication skills and applied research competencies. Internship has incredible value for testing and strengthening student’s value settings and self-esteem, and ability to make decisions in situation with components of uncertainty. It is suggested that the experience of the internship will be reflected, analyzed and fixated in the diary. Internship diary and report presentation is necessary for the successful  defence of  the internship.