Degree in Psychology (pla 2020)

240 credits - Faculty of Psychology

  This study programme has been modified. You can refer to the new study programme.
Implementation year of this curriculum version

The general aim of the Degree in Psychology is to train professionals in the necessary core scientific knowledge to understand, interpret, analyse and explain human behaviour, and in the core skills and abilities to assess and intervene in individual and social settings throughout life so as to promote and improve health and quality of life.

The Degree in Psychology intends to train versatile competent professionals, providing them with a solid basis of knowledge and skills in the discipline and core training that enables them to access the different areas of psychology where the main professional pathways lie. A further aim is to ready them for undertaking postgraduate training in the clinical and health area, as well as in education, employment and business, and social intervention.

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   132   30   12   6 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Structure and Function of the Human Body*
Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology*
History of Psychology*
General Psychology*
Developmental Psychology throughout the Life Cycle I*

Second Semester

Foundations of Psychobiology*
Foundations of Applied Statistics in Health Sciences*
Equal Opportunities and Gender in Psychology*
Developmental Psychology throughout the Life Cycle II*

Second Year

First Semester

Perception and Attention
Statistics Applied to Psychology
Social Psychology
Biological Psychology
Psychological Intervention Techniques

Second Semester

Motivation and Emotion
Psychology of Groups
Personality Psychology
Psychological Evaluation and Diagnosis I

Third Year

First Semester

Memory and Cognition
Educational Psychology
Workplace Psychology
Psychological Evaluation and Diagnosis II
Personality and Adaptation

Second Semester

Thought and Language
Organisational Psychology
Experiment Designs

Fourth Year

First Semester

Psychological Intervention in Psycho-Pathological Disorders
in Adults
Psycho-Educational and Psycho-Social Intervention


* Core Training

Second Semester

Final Degree Project



Specific Skills

  1. Acquiring the necessary skills to define problems, design key research, perform them, statistical data analysis and correctly producing a scientific report.
  2. The ability to plan and carry out an interview.
  3. The ability to produce specific professional oral and written reports.
  4. Understanding the laws and core principles that govern psychological processes, their dynamic and interlinking, and identifying the factors that impact on each mental process.
  5. Knowing the functions, features and limitations of the different theoretical models of educational psychology.
  6. Knowing the necessary methodological tools and techniques to study and understand the biological bases of human behaviour.
  7. Knowing the different models and methods for building measurement tools in psychology, as well as their use and the techniques to assess them.
  8. Knowing the main processes and stages in lifelong psychological development and its normal and abnormal aspects.
  9. Knowing and adapting to the ethical obligations of psychology and all their areas of application.
  10. Knowing and understanding the functional anatomy of the main structures of the nervous system, the endocrine system, the musculoskeletal system, the digestive system, the renal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the reproductive system.
  11. Knowing, understanding and knowing how to explain the biological bases of human behaviour.
  12. Knowing, understanding and knowing how to explain the social bases of human activity.
  13. Mastering the strategies and techniques to use them in intervening with target individuals and provide them with feedback properly and precisely.
  14. Mastering the inherent scientific terminology in module and subject contents.
  15. Knowing how to apply direct and indirect intervention knowledge, strategies and methods for target individuals and in different contexts: psychological counselling, therapy, negotiation, mediation, etc.
  16. Knowing how to develop instruments, products and services based on psychological theory and methods adapted to target contexts and individuals.
  17. Knowing how to describe and measure interaction processes, group dynamic, and group and inter-group structure.
  18. Knowing how to select and correctly use techniques and planning the right assessment and intervention programmes to attain the set objectives.
  19. Knowing how to interpret core psychometric indicators for critical analysis of measurement tools in scientific literature and in the professional setting.
  20. Being able to define targets and produce an intervention plan based on its aim (prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, integration, support, etc.).
  21. Being able to define the inherent competences of psychologists.
  22. Being able to establish psychological goals in different contexts, proposing and negotiating them with target and affected individuals.
  23. Being able to identify differences, problems and needs in different psychological contexts (individual, group, inter-group, organisational and inter-organisational, etc.).
  24. Being able to carry out a basic psychological assessment and diagnosis process: scientific description, measuring variables (personality, intelligence, attitudes, etc.) and psychological processes.
  25. Being able to carry out the functional analysis of any human behaviour.
  26. Assessing and valuing the contributions from scientific research to professional knowledge and practice.

Cross-cutting Skills

  1. An ability for analysis and synthesis.
  2. An ability for self-criticism and embracing responsibilities: knowing how to value one's own activity, knowing one's own skills and limitations, and updating skills and knowledge.
  3. An ability for effective oral and written communication.
  4. An ability for organisation and planning.
  5. Being able to solve problems.
  6. Being able to adapt to new situations.
  7. Being able to work and think creatively and independently, and develop new ideas, concepts and work.
  8. Being able to work in a team and effectively collaborate with other people, including multidisciplinary teams.
  9. Being able to put theory into practice.
  10. Being able to understand, speak and write in English to an intermediate level.
  11. Knowing and handling information and communication technologies (ICT) relating to the area of study and professional development, as well as documentary sources.
  12. Developing an ethical and social commitment, showing sensibility towards people's and community problems.
  13. Developing interpersonal relationship skills.
  14. Taking an interest in the quality of one's own activity and knowing how to develop systems to guarantee quality of service.
  15. Developing critical reasoning skills.
  16. Acknowledging diversity and multiculturalism.
  17. Being able to take decisions.
  18. Being able to contribute to knowledge and the development of human rights, democratic principles, gender equality, solidarity, environmental protection, universal accessibility, design for all, and promoting a culture of peace.