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Re: Open University Psychology

I worked full time during my undergraduate degree, so I essentially completed my degree at night time. It was pretty challenging, I think I was suffering from a bit of burn-out toward the end.

I am working full-time here in Switzerland now, and although I want to do my masters via distance studies, I'm putting it on hold for now, because I'm studying German. I'm a bit wary of taking on too much (especially as I'm finding the German quite challenging!).

In terms of technical issues, I think I was very lucky. I have heard horror stories (like c-ralu's!) where you close an exam window and that's it, you've failed! But honestly I didn't have any problems throughout mine. My main challenge was that exams had to be invigilated, they weren't online. So I had to go to my local university and ask one of the lecturers to invigilate for me 4 times a year. Fortunately they were happy to do it.
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Re: Open University Psychology

I would like to make a very important point. You can have different qualifications from studying psychology.
"Psychologyst" is the most generic one. In switzerland, and other countries, the term "psychoterapeut" and "psychoterapeut in own practice" its defined by law. It is important not only where you study but also the sequence in which you study.

Psychoterapeut in own practice is the highest to get because you can rent a room and basically you can work 1-1 with people on your own. Thats a big responsability.

Anyway we talk about bachelor and masters...
The study in the world is organised in 3 categories:
- online-for example Open University
-long distance- german fernstudium-example Fernuni
- in person-for example Basel Uni

You see a lot of masters in psychology, even in the uk. But if you pay close attention you will see the difference there.

If you want to be a psychoterapist, your master has to be at a in person university and it has to be in clinical psychology. So you cant do fernuni.

You can move to uk , due a masters in clinical psy there(you will see they are longer and harder to get in) and then come back here.

The lady that wrote the swiss law about psychoterapy adviced me against it. First of all, if you do a masters here, its easier to get the 2- 3 years hopital job that you require to be a psychoterapeut in own practice. Secondly, your german will improve. For example since starting studying here, in my own job(not related to psy) , i was able to do interviews in german and got a job in german. The third point is that it is easier to get the canton licence.

I dont see why you would not do a masters here. The masters doesnt have any more eliminatory exams(except the last oral exam) and its a masters in clinical psychology and neuroscience.so there are plenty of seminars about genes and neuroscience in english. And your german will improve fast...
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Re: Open University Psychology

All the universities equivaled my missing credits the same. The klausuren are those eliminatory exams that you can only do 2 times and then you cant study psy at that uni anymore and i think in ch. Since they are very though, i want to post how most of them got equivalated with ou credits...maybe someone can just do those credits there and just transfer them:
1. Propadeutische vorlesungen Forschungsmethoden und Statistik 1&2- 12 Kp
All equivalated with "exploring psychology"
2. Kongnitionspsychologie 1 &2- 8kp
Equivalated with Exploring psychology
3. Biologische grundlagen 1&2 -8kp
No equivalent (i didnt do a full ou degree but an open degree)
4. Sozialpsychologie 1&2-8kp
Equivalated with social psychology
5. Entwicklungspsychologie1&2-8kp
Equivalated with Psychology of childhood and youth
6. Klinishe psychologie 1&2 8kp
No equivalence

Basel uni has the following type of admisson:
1. Zulassung mit Auflagen (max 30 kp)
2. Zulassung zur Vorbereitung auf das Masterstudium- this is when they let you in bachelor because you have more than 30 missing credits

My last post on these details:
1. If you are studing with Ou (dont have a degree yet) , you can apply anytime and just transfer to the equivalent degree. Its much better to do it while your degree is open
2. Once you have your ou degree , they can accept you with those 2 conditions or reject you.
So anybody studing and thinking of applying to masters, its much better to do it while the degree is open because they can either tell you to do more credits with Ou or just transfer you in the equivalent program.
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