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Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Judit Balázs, PhD, associate professor

The educational aims of the Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology specialisation: to offer up to date theoretical and methodological knowledge in the domains of typical and atypical development in order to be able to carry out overall diagnostic work, therapy and research in institutions dealing with children.

Our students will gain competence in the following areas:

  • Psychopathology
  • Diagnostic Processes
  • Therapeutic possibilities
  • Research in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Child Psychology

Our research teams:

  • Developmental Neurophychology
  • Social Minds Research Group
  • Research Group of Childhood Mental Disorders

Our partners and practise sites:

  • Vadaskert Child Psychiatric Hospital and Specialist Clinic
  • Heim Pál Children’s Hospital, Mental Health Centre
  • Unified Pedagogical Services of Józsefváros
  • Pedagogical Service Centre of Lipótváros
  • Kék Vonal Child Crisis Foundation
  • Early Intervention Centre of Budapest
  • Cseperedő International Foundation
  • Member Institution of Special Services in District 8. (Educational Advisory Centre of Józsefváros)

Our events:

Children’s Day at ELTE

For more information go to the Department of Developmental and Clinical Child Psychology’s website.

Clinical and Health Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Attila Oláh, PhD, university professor

The educational aims of Clinical and Health Psychology specialisation: to train experts in the applied branches of clinical and health psychology who possess an extensive knowledge of diagnostics, therapy and clinical research, who have wide-ranging skills in methodology and who are able to use their Master’s level knowledge of psychology in the service of promoting and improving health.

Our students will gain competence in the following areas:

  • Clinical and diagnostic work
  • Supportive and motivational communication
  • Planning and assessment of health promotion programs
  • The critical assessment and identification of the practical relevance of clinical research.

Our research teams and workshops:

  • Health Psychology Research Group
  • Research Team in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
  • Research Group on Addiction
  • Positive PsychologyResearch Group
  • Personality, Health and Emotion Regulation

Our partners

  • Support Centre for Giving Up Smoking- Budapest
  • National Institute for Health Development
  • Research Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Our practise sites
  • Nyírő Gyula Hospital
  • Szt. János Hospital
  • Hospital of Dél-Pest
  • National Institute for Medical Rehabilitation
  • Merényi Gusztáv Hospital
  • Péterffy Sándor Street Hospital
  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Hospital
  • Uzsoki Hospital
  • Heim Pál Hospital
  • Vadaskert Hospital
  • Thalassa Ház
  • National Institute for Health Development
  • National Institute of Child Health
  • The National Center for Spinal Disorders
  • Metropolitan Municipal Government Home for the Elderly
  • „A Rák Ellen az Emberért…” Foundation
  • Center for Healthy Hungary
  • Educational Advisory of Kőbánya
  • Táncsics Elementary School and Ethnic German School

For more information go the the websites of the Department of Personality and Health Psychology and the Department of Clinical Psychology and Addictology.

Cognitive Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Ildikó Király, PhD, Assistant Professor

Educational aims of the Cognitive Psychology specialisation:

  • to lay particular emphasis on the study of developmental and neuroscientific aspects of higher order cognitive processes – such as perception, attention, memory, numerical cognition and language – built on an intensive research project
  • the high-level education of the views, methods and applications of cognitive psychology, that is the leading trend in modern experimental psychology
  • to develop our students’ competences in the knowledge and methods of the associated fields – primarily in neuropsychology, cognitive science, neuroscience and neurobiology.

Research practices provide the backbone of the training in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation
  • Researching the behavioral correlates of perceptual and cognitive abilities
  • The study of cognitive development, most specifically the development of higher order cognitive functions and social cognition
  • Our methodological trainings:
  • Electrophysiology Lab
  • Brain imaging techniques
  • Neuropsychology
  • Programming
  • Eye Movement Lab
  • Infant Cognition Lab
  • Research methods
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Psychophysics, Electrophysiology (EEG, ERP)
  • Imaging techniques
  • Eye movement tracking

Our research teams:

  • Mathematical Cognition
  • Brain, Memory and Language Lab
  • Knowledge and Memory Research Group
  • Human Electrophysiology Group

Our events:

ELTE Cognitive Seminar

Our partners and practise sites:

  • Research Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • National Institute of Medical Rehabilitation
  • Vadaskert Child Psychiatric Hospital
  • Buda Children’s Hospital, Epilepsy Ward
  • AVEC Psychotherapeutic Institute
  • Judicial Observational and Psychiatric Institute

For more information go to the website of the Department of Cognitive Psychology.

Counselling and Educational Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Katalin Kollár, PhD, Assistant Professor

The educational aims of the Counselling and Educational Psychology specialisation:

  • to train professionals – working primarily in the practical areas – who are equally familiar with the socialization issues of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, who possess the necessary skills in their theoretical preparedness as well as in their diagnostic and counselling methods used in practice to work with clients of various age groups,
  • they can primarily be employed by childcare institutions (nursery and pre-school) and schools, educational advisories and other instituitons doing work related to career counselling, life skills counselling and crisis counselling,
  • they are familiar with the psychodynamics of individual, group and family counselling.
  • Their work in psychological care can especially be useful at the various levels of prevention. Their mission is to facilitate development and change in individuals, groups and the family systems alike.

Our students will gain skills in the following areas:

  • Life skills, Couple’s and Family Counselling
  • Career counselling
  • Group counselling
  • School psychology
  • Educational counselling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Children’s psycho-diagnostics
  • Counselling in health psychology
  • Our research groups and workshops
  • Pedagogical Psychology
  • Research Group on Test Methodology for Differential and School Psychology
  • Research Group on Teaching Profession and School Psychology
  • Research Group on Qualitative Psychology

Our events

  • Continuing educational courses in School Psychology
  • FETA (Higher Educational Counselling Association) Professional Day

Our partners

  • FETA – Higher Educational Counselling Association
  • Peer Counselling Group
  • National Methodological Base for School Psychology

Our practise sites

  • SOTE II. Children’s Clinic
  • Vadaskert Children’s Hospital and Specialist Clinic
  • ELTE Specialised training Pre-school and Methodological Centre for Early Intervention
  • Early Intervention Centre in Budapest
  • Crisis Intervention Unit at Péterfy Sándor Street Hospital and Clinic
  • Educational Advisories and Children’s Homes
  • various foundations
  • Schools and Pre-Schools

For more information go to the website of the Department of Educational Psychology.

NEW! Interpersonal and Intercultural Psychology Specialisation

Programme director: Dr. Lan Anh Nguyen Luu, associate professor, head of IIPE
In September 2017, the Institute for Intercultural Psychology and Education at ELTE University, Budapest, will launch a specialisation program within the MA Program in Psychology with a focus on interpersonal and intercultural psychology. In addition to providing a theoretical basis of interculturalism, the program lays particular emphasis on applying theories to practice in different fields of psychology. By enabling students to manage diversity in a creative way, they will be prepared to make extensive use of their knowledge gained in the course of their training, either as researchers or psychology practitioners/practicing psychologists.
Existentialist Psychology; Intergroup Relations; Cultural Aspects -Intercultural Relations; Cross-Cultural Research; Attachment Theories and Psychology of Relationships; Culture and Gender; Diversity in Organizations; Historical and Narrative Psychology; The Social Psychology of Minority Status; Globalization: Changing Identities and Challenges; Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication – Intercultural Competencies; Social media and social networks; Multicultural Counselling and Therapy; SensitivityTraining; Intercultural Training; RestorativeTraining; Training Methods; Fieldwork
Partners (full list on our website):
  • Artemisszió Foundation
  • Autonómia Foundation
  • Centropa Foundation Hungary
  • Cordelia Foundation
  • DocuArt Film Centre 
  • Labrisz Lesbian Association
  • Lauder Javne School
  • Menedék - Hungarian Association for Migrants
  • Zachor Foundation
For more information please visit our website.

Social and Organisational Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Anna Kende, PhD, Assistant Professor
The educational aims of the Social and Organisational Psychology specialisation:
  • to ensure continually updated theoretical knowledge about organisations, the economy, groups, social-historical processes, the forming of public opinion and decision making
  • to help our graduates acquire the necessary experience and skills to analyse socio-political-economic processes and to do work as professional organisational consultants
Our students will gain competences in the following areas:
  • human resource development
  • headhunting and training
  • decision support
  • organisational development
  • advertising, marketing
  • public opinion polling
  • scientific research
  • political consulting
  • data visualisation
Our research teams and workshops
  • Decision Lab
  • Environmental Psychology Lab
  • Political Psychology Research Group
  • Social Groups and Media Research Lab
Our events
  • Hiking and Science
  • Political Psychology workshop
  • Organisational Psychology Open Day
  • KÖRBE –Environmental Psychology Conversations
  • Environmental Psychology Lectures
Our partners
  • BME – Department of Psychology and Ergonomics
  • Concordia Organizational and Leadership Development Ltd.
  • European PhD on Social Representation and Communication
  • Főtáv Ltd.
  • MÁV- Start Ltd.
  • PTE Doctoral School of Psychology
  • Our practise sites
  • Arthur Hunt Ltd.
  • At work
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Business Coach Professional Community
  • Cegos
  • Corporate Values Ltd.
  • COVA
  • Ericsson
  • Euronet
  • Gordio Group
  • Human Value International
  • Hungarian Academy of Science
  • Ökotárs Foundation
  • Prezi
  • Success Insights Central and Eastern Europe
  • Political Capital
  • Trebag Ltd., etc.
For more information go to the website of the Department of Social Psychology  and the Department of Economical and Environmental Psychology.

Work and Organisational Psychology Specialisation

Person in charge of the specialisation: Anna Kádi, PhD

The educational aims of Work and Organisational Psychology Specialisation:  Our program is focusing on leadership and organisational development. Our aim is to provide students with current theoretical and practical knowledge based on evidence based data and research. Our student will be able to understand and analyse the attitudes, activities and decisions of managers, teams and organisations. Students are welcome to join the research programs of the Department (e.g. psychological aspects of success in managerial and organisational effectiveness, the effect of the working environment on well-being of workers, etc) The students are prepared to become: organisational developers, executive coaches, trainees, staff development managers, and academics.

Our students will gain competences in the following areas: 
  • Organisational diagnosis; Methodology of organizational diagnosis (interviews, focus groups; participant observation, document analysis, questionnaires);
  • Planning, preparing and implementing organisational development projects;
  • Leadership development, management training and coaching;
  • Measuring and evaluating of the effectiveness of development interventions;
  • Planning, preparing and implementation of assessment and development centres (AC, DC);
  • Project management;
  • Environmental and ergonomic analyses; diagnosis and intervention;
  • Designing and conducting organisational psychology research;
  • Critical, innovative, solution focused thinking.
For more information go to the website of the Department of Social Psychology  and the Department of Economical and Environmental Psychology.

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