Studying at Psychology

Studies in psychology are for the most part conducted in Finnish. The Turku School of Behavioral Sciences, a cooperative effort between the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, offers a number of courses in English.

If you are coming to study psychology at the University of Turku as an Erasmus student, you can contact Senior Lecturer Mika Koivisto.

Courses in English for International Students 2018–2019

Turku School of Behavioral Sciences offers several joint courses in English that are open for international students from both universities. Sing up for courses at Åbo Akademi University through MinPlan (Åbo Akademi University students) or by emailing amanuensis Yasmin Nyqvist  at least 7 days before the beginning of the course. For courses at Turku University, through NettiOpsu (Turku University students) or email secretary Minna Varjonen 7 days before the beginning of the course.

Courses at University of Turku for the autumn 2018


Courses at University of Turku for the spring 2019

Courses at Åbo Akademi University for the autumn 2018

Courses at Åbo Akademi University for the spring 2019

Courses offered by Turku Brain and Mind Center academic year 2018–2019 
More information can be found on the Website Minor in Neuroscience

See also courses offered by University of Turku: Courses for exchange students

Postgraduate studies

Post-masters-level or postgraduate degrees available in the discipline of psychology include licentiate and doctoral degrees in psychology as well as Ph.D. Postgraduate studies can be completed either as a full-time researcher or while working elsewhere. All doctoral students at the University of Turku belong to the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) and one of its doctoral programmes.

​Psychology is among the disiciplines of the Doctoral Programme of Social and Behavioural Sciences of the faculty of social sciences as well as the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Investigation (CLIDP, Faculty of Medicine). The field of psychology also has a national doctoral programme of psychology (DOPSY) until the end of 2015, but no new students are admitted.

The degree of licentiate of psychology can be completed as a four-year specialist training programme in one of the following fields: developmental and educational psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, psychotherapy, and work and organizational psychology. This specialist training is organized by Psykonet, the cooperation network of all six Finnish psychology departments/disciplines.

All information on postgraduate/doctoral studies at the faculty are available on the websites of the faculty, the faculty's doctoral programme and the UTUGS. For more information on becoming a doctoral student, please go through the faculty's website. You should also contact the discipline's staff in advance.

About us

Education in psychology is primarily aimed at leading up to professional competence in psychology. The high quality of the education rests on cooperation with the six Finnish departments/sections of psychology through the Psykonet network.

Research in psychology straddles the borders of several fields of science. Psychology studies human activities and their general principles by asking questions such as the following.

How does the human mind work? How does the brain operate? What is it that makes humans function? Why do humans behave as they do? How does the human mind develop over a lifetime? What causes various emotions? How does human behaviour change when in company? How do the functions of the mind and behaviour vary from one individual to another?

The human mind and human behaviour are studied in all possible walks of life and in a number of different situations: in traffic, in school, in a sports team, and in meetings, as well as in states of depression, happiness, inebriation and anger.